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Putting an end to the hunting of captive-bred lions


The IUCN World Conservation Congress is held every four years and brings together leaders from all areas of society with the aim of improving how we manage and conserve our natural environment. The next one will be held this September 2016 in Hawaii and 99 motions are currently up for consideration.

One particular motion, which will be voted upon by congress, aims to prohibit captive-bred lion hunting under any conditions and to terminate captive breeding that is for commercial and non-conservation purposes.

According to the motion, “Over 200 lion farms exist in South Africa, of which about 5% are registered with the South African Predator Breeders Association. Conditions of breeding and captivity are known to vary considerably but few, if any, comply with standards set by the Pan African Association of Zoos and Aquaria (PAAZA) or the World Association of Zoos and Aquaria (WAZA).”

Concerned by the South African government’s lack of action to put a stop to ‘canned hunting’, and that the breeding of lions for hunting under the guise of sustainable utilisation has escalated, a motion will be put to vote for legislation to be enacted by 2020 to terminate the practice of breeding lions in captivity for the purpose of canned hunting.

The motion also encourages the Director General and the IUCN Commissions to provide the necessary guidance that may be required for the South African government to enact this resolution, and to provide support for other countries in southern Africa to follow this initiative.

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