South Africa’s Claimed ‘Need’ for Wildlife Utilisation

International Wildlife Bond

Banner image courtesy of Mark Boulton, Elsa Trust and Elsamere

So, let’s take a quick look at some of the recent Republic of South Africa’s, Department: Environmental Affairs (DEA) ‘thinking.’

African Lion

IWB Letter to the South African High Commissioner, London, 11 July 2017

In the DEA’s 28 June 2017 media statement – “Lion export quota for 2017 communicated to the CITES Secretariat in line with CITES requirements” the DEA referenced a 2015 study by TRAFFIC:

A 2015 study commissioned by TRAFFIC raised concerns around the shift in lion and tiger bone trade; namely that when the trade in tiger bone was banned; the trade shifted and bones were sourced from South Africa, available as a by-product of the hunting of captive bred lions.”

South Africa reiterates its concern that if the trade in bones originating from captive bred lion is prohibited, lion bones may be…

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