Instagram – Jun 18, 2021 @ 14:45

Many of you were interested in the statement, released last month, about South Africa ending the captive lion breeding industry for good. There were many questions around the issue- and @bloodlionsofficial have started a fascinating series on their page, answering the most commonly asked. ⁣

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Over the next few weeks, we will be unpacking some of the most commonly asked questions around the recent announcement by the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment to end the captive lion breeding industry in South Africa.

The first question and answer is as follows:

QUESTION 1: What has Minister Creecy decided in terms of the captive lion breeding industry in South Africa?

ANSWER: Minister Creecy announced on the 3rd May 2021 that the High-Level Panel (HLP) recommendations for captive lions are that South Africa would no longer breed captive lions, keep lions in captivity, or use captive lions or their derivatives commercially.

The Minister has instructed her Department to put processes in place to halt:

1. The sale of captive lion derivatives, including the appropriate disposal of existing lion bone stockpiles and lion bone from euthanised lions.

2. The hunting of captive bred lions.

3. Tourist interactions with captive lions, including, so-called voluntourism, cub petting, etc.

The HLP identified, among others, that the captive lion breeding industry poses risks to the sustainability of wild lion conservation, has a negative impact on South Africa’s reputation as an ecotourism destination and as a conservation leader, and the trade in lion parts could be stimulating poaching and illegal trade.

These HLP recommendations on captive lions, supported by the majority of the panel, were approved by Cabinet on 21 April 2021.

We fully support the Minister in her bold and decisive decision and hope to be able to provide any support we can in this process going forward.

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