Legal situation in South Africa
Canned Hunting of lions is still allowed in South Africa, as the hunting and breeding industries are defending themselves against any constraints with all the resources at their disposal.
The South African government wanted to achieve improvements with a list of endangered animal species (TOPS List). Following this, every species on the list must survive independently in their natural habitat for two years before they may be shot. Originally lions were also included on the protection list however, due to pressure from the breeders, they were removed from the list again in 2008.
In June 2009, the highest court in the South African province Free State decided that the lions could be included in the TOPS list again. However, the South African lion breeders association appealed against this judgement to the National Supreme Court.
Bred lions are thereby still unprotected.
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