[SOUTHAFRICA] Parliament adopts report calling for lion bone quota reduction

The National Assembly adopted the  of a colloquium on captive breeding for hunting and trade. 

This includes a resolution for a  in the lion bone trade from 1 500 to the 800, according to a statement issued by the parliamentary committee on environmental affairs on Friday. 

A high-level panel will also be appointed to conduct a policy review on the lion breeding and bone trade industries.

Some of the resolutions come from the committee’s two-day colloquium in August this year, which sought ways to bring an end to the “controversial practice” that is possibly threatening to harm the proud conservation image of the country.

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“This practice has indeed attracted a considerable degree of international outcry against it, from both the pro-sustainable use group, comprising mainly the hunting associations and the anti-sustainable use group, consisting of animal welfare non-governmental organisations (NGOs)”, said committee chairperson Phillemon Mapulane.

“The committee unanimously made certain pertinent observations and resolutions to restore our image as a pioneering conservation nation, with positive socio-economic spin offs for our people that far outweighs what the CLB (captive lion breeding) industry generates,” he added.

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Mapulane said his committee appreciated the “strategic, bold and decisive leadership” of the former acting minister of environmental affairs Derek Hanekom and newly appointed Minister Nomvula Mokonyane on the matter. 

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Originally Authored By: News24

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