Johannesburg – The Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) and the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) have come out strongly in favour of a new Parliamentary report that calls for a ban on captive lion breeding in the country.
Entitled ‘Captive Lion Breeding for Hunting and Bone Trade in South Africa’, the new report found that captive lion breeding held no conservation value. There was no evidence to support the flawed, minority-held, argument that the captive-bred lion industry is “a well-regulated, manageable industry that contributes way more positively to South Africa than negatively”.
The report further asserts that the South African government should rethink its policy stance on the captive lion breeding industry, which runs the risk of making the country an “international pariah”.
The increase in the lion bone export quote from 800 in 2017 to 1500 in 2018 is “highly problematic”. There are also ethical, welfare and brand concerns relating to the captive lion breeding and hunting industries, according to the report.
The use of lion parts in commercial trade is one of the major emerging threats to wild lions and could facilitate illegal trade. Furthermore, there is concern that export quotas were not based on scientific evidence and that the 2017 quota was not been adequately managed, resulting in more than 800 skeletons being exported.