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Законите в Южна Африка

Трофейното ловуване на лъвове все още е позволено в Южна Африка, тъй като ловните и развъждащите стопанства използват всякакви средства за да се предпазят от ограничителни действия.

Южноафриканското правителство има воля да подобри ситуацията чрез списък на застрашени видове (TOPS Списък). Според списъка екземпляр трябва да живее независимо в естествената си среда в продължение на две години преди да бъде евентуално отстрелян. Лъвовете са били включени в TOPS списъка, но след натиск от страна на развъдчиците са премахнати отново през 2008 г.

Supreme Court rules in favour of lion breeders

In 2010 unfortunately, the ruling of the Supreme Court was in favour of the lion breeders. The Supreme Court of Appeal determined that the Minister of Environmental Affairs at the time, did not take a “rational decision” when she determined that captive-bred lions had to fend for themselves in an extensive wildlife system for 24 months before they could be hunted. So the hunting and breeding industry remains unregulated and lions will carry on suffering in captivity.

The TOPS list is not the best instrument to protect big cats, because it does not ban lion hunting; but including lions on the list would be an important step forward to protecting captive bred lions and regulating the industry as many lion farmers would have found it unfeasible to continue the practice.

FOUR PAWS calls for a ban of Canned Hunting

Due to this devastating court decision bred lions still remain unprotected. FOUR PAWS is now more determined than ever to stop this cruelty to lions on South African farms. We are calling on the Government of South Africa to work on new regulations that will offer protection for lions and enable an outright ban of Canned Hunting.