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Turning point for lions in SA?


Turning point for lions in South Africa? Lion report

FOUR PAWS urges Parliament to adopt report and ban captive breeding and the trade

Cape Town, 13.11.2018 – FOUR PAWS strongly supports the Parliamentary report that calls for a ban on captive lion breeding in South Africa and calls on parliament to adopt the report in its entirety.

The report by the parliamentary portfolio committee, titled Captive Lion Breeding for Hunting in South Africa: Harming or promoting the conservation image of the country, clearly indicates that there is generally no conservation value in captive lion breeding – which aligns with the views of FOUR PAWS. Not only has the practice lured tourists under the false pretext of “conservation”, but it also harmed the image of Brand South Africa amongst international visitors which would cost the country billions in lost tourism and visitors.

“As part of the committee’s observations, it’s clear this practice should be banned completely and that we need to change legislation to ensure that an end is put to this. It is our responsibility as humans to ensure that we end cruelty against all animals,” says Fiona Miles, FOUR PAWS country director in South Africa.

“We will do everything possible to assist to ensure that the best possible outcome is reached for the animals. There is a clear and grim picture painted for South Africa should the trade and captive breeding of lions continue. We welcome the resolution that a full audit of breeding facilities in South Africa should be done and to ascertain whether the DEA is aware of lion and cheetah cub petting and walking farm in the country – which is essential where the vicious cycle starts.”

Miles says FOUR PAWS is optimistic that Parliament would make the right choice and protect the lions against the brutal onslaught they’re facing.

“I think it’s also important to note that an overwhelming majority of all stakeholders involved would urge decisionmakers to take the right decision and end this now. While the official numbers are estimated to be 8 000 lions in captivity, it’s possible to be as high as 14 000 and will increase even more if this is allowed to continue,” Miles concluded.

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Issued by: MJ Lourens – Four Paws South Africa: Head of Communication
Issued on behalf of: Fiona Miles – Four Paws South Africa: Country Director

The report

"The conservation value of predator breeding is zero; the economic value is minimal and undermines South Africa’s tourism brand value ... studies have proven that breeding predators in cages or enclosed areas has no conservation value in the South African context."


Read the full report here.