COVID-19: Health risks and wildlife markets – the need for a permanent global ban on wildlife markets and a highly precautionary approach to wildlife trade.
World Health Day – on the 7th April – is a day for global movement to highlight how we got here and how we can end future threats to our health from COVID-19 type viruses and end the exploitation of our wildlife. How can you help? Join us on the first Lion Coalition TWITTER Chat on Tuesday 7th April 15.00-16.00 hrs CAT/SA timeContinue reading “World Health Day Twitter Chat”
Dear President Ramaphosa and Honourable Ministers, On behalf of the “Coalition to Stop the Captive Breeding and Keeping of Lions and Other Big Cats for Commercial Purposes”, we would like to state our formal support echoing that of The National Department of Tourism (NDT) for the Southern African Tourism Services Association (SATSA) guidelines and tool on captive wildlife interactions, as wellContinue reading “Open Letter to President Ramaphosa in support of the SATSA captive wildlife interaction guidelines”
The first locally born guidelines on captive wildlife interactions, specifically developed in the context of Southern Africa’s landscape, were launched yesterday by the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association (SATSA). The guidelines are the result of a year-long study and consultation with the wider tourism industry. The travel industry and tourists alike are looking for ways toContinue reading “SATSA releases a solid set of home-grown captive wildlife interaction guidelines”
On the 17th May 2019, the former Minister Senzeni Zokwana of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries made an amendment to the Animal Improvement Act, 1998 (Act No. 62 of 1998) (AIA) to include 33 wild mammal species, commonly bred by wildlife ranchers, under Table 7 of these regulations. The AIA is enacted “to provide for the breeding, identification and utilisation ofContinue reading “Reclassification of 33 wild mammal species under the Animal Improvement Act”
Dear Mr Des Parker and Mr Mike Fynn, We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve on their brave and bold move to stop offering cub petting with immediate effect. Our Lion Coalition “to Stop Captive Breeding and Keeping of Lions and Other Big Cats for Commercial Purposes”, an allianceContinue reading “Open Letter to Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve”
The Coalition Against the Breeding and Keeping of Lions and other Big Cats for Commercial Purposes noted with shock the uncovering of an illegal Vietnamese lion and tiger bone syndicate operating in the North West Province. A joint Task Force saw the arrest of eight people and a ninth suspect handed himself over to police afterContinue reading “Open Letter to Honourable Minister TM Masutha – Department of Justice & Correctional Services”