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Bullet for canned hunting?
Mon, 28 Sep 2009 12:09 AM
The environmental affairs department on Monday welcomed the Free
State High Court's dismissal of an application by lion breeders for
leave to appeal a decision on captive bred lions.
"This latest judgment strengthens the department's resolve to
responsible, regulated and sustainable hunting practices," said
Albi Modise, department spokesperson, in a statement.
Modise said while hunting makes a substantial and positive
contribution to conservation management and economic growth, the
department also had a responsibility to preserve the resource base
and ensure the industry had a sustainable future.
"Hunting is an important industry but we must manage it in
accordance with defensible standards," he said.
The SA Predator Breeders Association brought an application in
May 2007 taking the environment minister to court over certain
aspects of the Threatened or Protected Species (TOPS) regulations,
which came into effect in February 2008.
The association challenged, amongst others, the inclusion of
lion as a listed large predator and the 24-month period in which
captive bred lions had to fend for themselves in an extensive
wildlife system before they could be hunted.
It was argued that the regulations would have a particularly
great impact on the captive bred lion industry in the Free State
and North West provinces.
It was also submitted that the 24-months self sustaining
provision would destroy the industry with negative economic and
The court found against the lion breeders on 11 June this year
and dismissed an application for leave to appeal last Friday.
Modise said the department would now focus on achieving its
original intention of listing lions as a large predator subject to
The SA Predator Breeders Association chairperson Carel van Heerden
indicated that members would meet this week to discuss the latest