STATEMENT about the report on the colloquium on Captive Lion Breeding
Parliament, Monday, 12 November 2018
The Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs adopted the Report of a two-day colloquium on Captive Lion Breeding. The colloquium on Captive Breeding of Lions for Hunting and Lion Bone Trade was held from 21 – 22 August 2018.
The practice of captive lion breeding both for hunting and lion bone trade has caused much uproar against South Africa’s Captive Lion Breeding Industry. Certain members of the cruel Lions Breeding Industry are now excluded by international pro-hunting organisations. Amongst these organisations are the SAFARI International, the Dallas Safari Club and the European International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC). The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) had also raised concerns about captive lion breeding for hunting.
The DEA should put an end to this practice
The Report contains voices of representatives of local pro-hunting and conservation organisations as well as international organisations. Many spoke against the industry. The DEA should urgently initiate a policy and legislative review of Captive Lion Breeding. The Minister of DEA should submit quarterly reports to the committee on the progress of this policy and legislative review.
The committee would like the Department to reconsider the decision to increase the lion bone trade quota. It was emerging during the Colloquium that the increase to 1500 skeletons was driven by commercial considerations. This reconsideration is necessary given the huge public sentiment expressed against the increase in lion bone trade quota. The committee’s position is to protect South Africa’s esteemed conservation image, but more fundamentally the Brand South Africa.
In the hope, that this day will finally mark the beginning of an end of the Lion breeding, we thank Mr Mapulane and the committee members.