07 May RESPONSE TO MINISTER CREECY’S RELEASE OF REPORT OF HIGH-LEVEL PANEL ON THE MANAGEMENT, BREEDING, HUNTING, TRADE AND HANDLING OF ELEPHANT, LION, LEOPARD AND RHINOCEROS
7th May 2021
RESPONSE TO MINISTER CREECY’S RELEASE OF REPORT OF HIGH-LEVEL PANEL ON THE MANAGEMENT, BREEDING, HUNTING, TRADE AND HANDLING OF ELEPHANT, LION, LEOPARD AND RHINOCEROS
We welcome the decisive action taken by the Minister to end the captive lion breeding industry and restoring South Africa’s key role in conserving critical species. That the panels’ report is a significant step in creating a common vision for the region and in developing a “Policy on Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable use and adopting a One Welfare approach for wildlife.”
At this time in South Africa’s history when biodiversity, including, but not limited to the species mentioned, is under considerable threat it is fitting that a troubling situation is getting such high-level attention.
We look forward to contributing to a draft White Paper on Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Use and hope that many of those involved in ethically sustainable wildlife and habitat conservation efforts will bring their expertise and experiences to this process so that learning can be shared and good practices both strengthened and replicated.
A comprehensive, science-based census of key endangered species would be a good place to start such a process.
For more information please contact:
Patrick Dowling – Chair of the WESSA Environmental Governance Committee