This is an excerpt from an article written by Sharika Regchand and published in print by Greytown Gazette and online by News24 on 05 May, 2021

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 highlevel 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.