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No more captive lions

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Currently, 8 000 to 12 000 lions and thousands of other big cats, including tigers and cheetahs, are bred and kept in captivity in more than 350 facilities in mostly the Free State, North West, Limpopo and Eastern Cape provinces.
Currently, 8 000 to 12 000 lions and thousands of other big cats, including tigers and cheetahs, are bred and kept in captivity in more than 350 facilities in mostly the Free State, North West, Limpopo and Eastern Cape provinces.

MINISTER Barbara Creecy’s announcement recently that South Africa will no longer breed captive lions, keep lions in captivity, or use captive lions or their derivatives commercially has been welcomed.

The minister of environment, forestry and fisheries, Creecy, instructed her department to put processes in place to halt the sale of captive lion derivatives (including the appropriate disposal of existing lion bone stockpiles and lion bone from euthanised lions), the hunting of captive bred lions and tourist interactions with captive lions.

This comes after the release of a report of the 2019 high-level panel that was appointed to review policies, regulatory measures, practices and policy positions that are related to hunting, trade, captive keeping, management and handling of elephant, lion, leopard and rhinoceros.

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