On Tuesday (6 August 2019), the High Court made a landmark ruling relating to the controversial lion bone industry in the country and found the 2017 and 2018 lion bone export quotas were unlawful and unconstitutional. The Judgement reinforces the 2016 South African Constitutional Court judgement which emphasised that welfare is indeed an environmental and conservation competency.
“FOUR PAWS welcomes today’s ruling by the high court, which provides a glimmer of hope to shut down the industry. The NSPCA and the coalition to end the captive breeding of lions for commercial gain have vehemently advised the previous minister(s) against the 2017 and 2018 lion bone quotas – to no avail,” says Fiona Miles, director of FOUR PAWS in South Africa. Past bone permits were awarded without science based merit or any welfare considerations taken into account.
“The captive breeding of lions and subsequent sub-sector of lion bone trade have been allowed to explode into an unmanageable and under-regulated industry which doesn’t account for any animal welfare considerations. For far too long this has been allowed to continue and we call on the new Minister of the Department of Environment (DEFF), Barbara Creecy, to consult with animal welfare and conservation communities in finding solutions to put the welfare of these animals first and we strongly call for an end to this abhorrent industry in its totality!”
“We will all continue our fight to ensure that the big cats of South Africa get the protection they deserve”, Miles concludes.
FOUR PAWS along with various other organisations – locally and globally – have already raised more than 3,6 million signatures in the past few years to put an end to this industry.
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FOUR PAWS is an international animal welfare organisation with headquarters in Vienna, Austria. Founded by Heli Dungler in 1988, the organisation strives to help animals in need with sustainable campaigns and projects. The work is based on substantiated research and scientific expertise as well as intensive national and international lobbying. FOUR PAWS focuses on animals that are directly under human influence: stray dogs and stray cats, farm animals, companion animals and wild animals including bears, big cats and orangutans kept in inappropriate conditions. With offices in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Hungary, Kosovo, Netherlands, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand, Ukraine, United Kingdom, USA and Vietnam, FOUR PAWS aims to help animals in need directly and quickly. www.four-paws.org