Submission to South Africa’s High-Level Panel – elephant, lion, leopard and rhinoceros

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IWB’s Submission to the HLP, Dated 11 June 2020

The Republic of South Africa, Department: Environmental affairs has issued a “A general notice calling for submissions, scientific information, socio-economic information or any other relevant information to the Advisory Committee (High-Level Panel) appointed to review existing policies, legislation and practices relating to the management and handling, breeding, hunting and trade of elephant, lion, leopard and rhinoceros” as notified in Government Gazette, No. 43172, Department: Environmental Affairs (DEA), Notice 221 of 2020, dated 27 March 2020, with a 60 day (26 May 2020) deadline.

[Update] – “Extension granted for submissions on work relevant to the high level panel into lion, rhino, elephant and leopard management,” 13 May 2020 

Under the current COVID-19 pandemic circumstances an extension to the deadline has been requested, because the science of COVID-19 and the potential impact on animal handling, breeding, hunting and trade, are  still to be determined and therefore, the risks and potential impacts are not transparent.

The HLP Secretariat has issued Terms of Reference today, 22 April 202.

By post:

Advisory Committee (High-Level Panel), c/o Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries

Attention: Ms. Pamela Singh/Ms. Olenbee Mashiyane, Private Bag X447, Pretoria, 0001, South Africa

By e-mail: submission2HLP@environment@gov.za (enquires to Ms O. Mashiyane: omashiyane@environment.gov.za, or Ms Pamela Singh: prsingh@environment.gov.za)

Related Submission

Meat Safety Act, 2000 (Act 40 of 2000) – Proposed Update to Schedule 1, Section 1(2),” 27 April 2020 – Note: South Africa, Eswatini, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Tanzania, DRC and Zambia have filed “Reservations with reference to the amendments to Appendices I and II of the Convention and related communications” to self-exempt themselves from the up-listing of the giraffe to Appendix II

Didiza’s attempt to legalise the consumption of wild animals is unfathomable,” Issued by Hannah Shameema Winkler MP – DA Deputy Shadow Minister Environmental Affairs, Forestry and Fisheries, 25 May 2020

Outrage as South Africa law change could put elephants and giraffes on dinner table,” The Express, 29 May 2020

IWB’s letter to The Democratic Alliance (DA), 1 June 2020

THE DEMOCRATIC ALLIANCE FULFILLING IT’S ROLE AS A CREDIBLE ALTERNATIVE TO THE RULING GOVERNMENT,” EMS Foundation, 1 June 2020:

Open Letter – “THE DEMOCRATIC ALLIANCE FULLFILLING IT’S ROLE AS A CREDIBLE ALTERNATIVE TO THE RULING GOVERNMENT,” EMS Foundation, 1 June 2020

 

Further Reading

South African proposal to breed wildlife for slaughter courts disaster,” The Conversation,  14 June 2020

‘I want my horns back’ says SA rhino baron after trade deal goes pear-shaped,” Daily Maverick, 14 June 2020

Barbarous trade in bones from captive lions for use in Chinese ‘medicines’, wines and jewellery could spark risk of new pandemic, warn experts,” Daily Mail, 14 June 2020

Notice prohibiting certain restricted activities involving rhino horn published,” Department: Environmental Affairs (DEA), 3 June 2020

Report of the Portfolio Committee on Environment, Forestry and Fisheries on the Strategic Plan 2019/20—2023/24, Annual Performance Plans (Apps) 2020/21 and the Budget Vote 32 of the Department Of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (Deff),” 20 May 2020

Colin Bell’s presentation, “Rhino horn trade – why trade is bad for our wild rhino populations,” 4 June 2020

Colin Bell’s presentation, “Ban all trade in the body parts of rhino and elephant,” 22 May 2020

Farming wild animals – is China the model for South Africa?” Africa Geographic, 4 May 2020

Barbara Creecy’s wildlife panel is trying to reinvent the wheel,” News 24, 3 May 2020

Why SA’s courts place ecological sustainability ahead of government’s reductionist sustainable use – Part 2,” Ross Harvey, Daily Maverick, 30 April 2020

Is the environment minister captured by vested interests?,” Don Pinnock, Daily Maverick, 29 April 2020

Wildlife trade: The unsustainability of ‘sustainable use’ (Part 1),” Ross Harvey, Conservation Action Trust, 23 April 2020

EMS FOUNDATION APPEALS FOR MORATORIUM ON THE LION BONE INDUSTRY,“ EMS Foundation, 18 April 2020:

The Honourable Ms Barbara Creecy, The Minister for Environment, Forestry and Fisheries – “Captive Lion and Other Big Cat Breeding Industry and Coronavirus,” EMS Foundation, via Cullinan & Associates attorneys, 15 April 2020

The Honourable Ms Thoko Didiza, Minister for Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development – “Wildlife Trade and Coronavirus,” EMS Foundation, via Cullinan & Associates attorneys, 15 April 2020

The Honourable Dr Zwelini Mkhize, Minster for Health – “Wildlife Trade and Coronavirus,” EMS Foundation, via Cullinan & Associates attorneys, 15 April 2020

China’s ban on wildlife consumption is an overdue death knell for lion bone industry,” IWB, 24 February 2020

New ‘expert’ panel may be weighted to duck Parliament’s call to shut down canned hunting,” IWB, 26 November 2019

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