LIONS in RSA- SOUTH AFRICA PREDATOR BREEDERS ASSOCIATION ANNUAL REPORT 2011 -

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  1. BRICKBURN

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    This is not the entire report.
    It is an imperfect translation from Afrikaans, but it will give you the jist of how the responsible outfits/businesses are trying to work with PHASA, WRSA and Government in the wake of the Court decision to try and properly address and manage concerns.

    South African Predator Breeders Association

    Original version :SAPBA JAARVERSLAG 2011.

    ANNUAL REPORT OF THE CHAIRMAN 2011
    1. Composition of the Executive Committee

    After the trial the Carel van Heerden resigned as chairman. In
    Members meeting of 15 April 2011 at Vryburg was decided to Prof. Peter
    Potgieter to request the chair of the Association in Carel van
    Heerden to take over. Although he did not "lion farmer, he himself on" a
    long period with the lion breeders associated and assisted in the case
    and in negotiations with the Minister and the Department
    Environmental Affairs. As former President of the SA Hunters and Game Conservation Association. he "a thorough knowledge of the game industry, and the lion industry.

    During the members meeting of 15 April, the Executive Committee as follows
    restated:
    President: Prof. Pieter Potgieter
    Committee Members:
     For North: Jan Steinman, Freddie Scheepers, Monkey Reyneke
     Free State: Deon Cilliers, Thys Mostert, Randy Westraadt
     Limpopo: Christo Gomes
    The Executive Committee has since submitted three meetings, namely on May 20, 2
    September and 28 October.

    2. The Appeal Decision
    2010 is "a positive note ended when Judge Heher JA on 29 November the
    appélaansoek of the Society for Art 24 of the TOPS regulations invalid
    stated as far as lions go about costs maintained.
    In his reasoning, Judge JA Heher several important findings
    made concerning the procedure followed by the Minister with the
    drafting of the Regulations, but also with regard to fundamental aspects
    regarding the hunting of lions in captivity bred. I refer to
    only some of those findings:

    There is no logical connection between the objectives of the
    Biodiversity (protection of species) and the requirement of "24
    month rehabilitation period. According to information that the Minister himself
    the court, it is clear that lions bred in captivity is
    no role in the conservation of the species and hunting as "a lion
    the survival of threatened species This means that the hunting of such
    lions Bine the purpose of Art 57 (2) (a) of the fell Biodiversity
    no. The ban by the Minister in Section 24 of the TOPS regulations on hunting
    lions of such places, is irrational and unjustified.

     The basic assumption that Art 24 of the Regulations is based, is that "a lion
    that captive bred, can be rehabilitated. Hence the required
    that may be hunted only after it is rehabilitated. This saw the Court
    However, "an endless problems. Neither the Biodiversity nor the TOPS regulations
    makes it clear exactly with "rehabilitation" meant, who shall determine
    so when "the lion gerehabilteer and the criteria for doing so. The
    expert advice the Minister received, however, indicate clearly that
    there is no scientific evidence exists of successful rehabilitation
    of lions.
    The Court therefore finds that the 24 months
    rehabilitation period in Section 24 required scientifically unfounded and
    is unjustified. The Court went so far as to declare that his interpretation
    of the Panel of Experts' final report, if it be read
    with the provisions of Section 24 of the Regulations, "... strongly suggests that
    the Minister misinterpreted or distorted the Panel "s" recommendations "...".
     The conclusion which the Court is: "Taken singly or cumulatively the
    Minister's reasons for formulating rule 24 (2) if he did
    (I)
    did not rationally conduce to the objectives of the Act;
    (Ii)
    Given that his intention hunting [or captive bred lions] Should not be the
    subject of a total Prohibition, in short, to the opposite effect;
    (Iii)
    can not be Justified According to the facts and opinions available to
    him. "
    The practical significance of the decision is that 24 months 'release period'
    by Art 24 (2) of the TOPS regulations for the hunting of lions in
    captive bred, will not apply and that the existing provincial
    regulations in this regard shall apply. The rest of Section 24's restrictions on
    breeding and keeping of lions remain in force.
    This court ruling was "a great victory for the lion industry. South African
    lions were legally hunted again as before the promulgation of the TOPS-
    regulations.
    But where does that leave us now? What should happen next? The court has no
    decision to put them. Neither the Minister of Environment or the
    Lion Farmers instructed to negotiations on the revision of Section 24
    to initiate. Accordingly, the Executive Committee decided to initiate
    take.

    3. Further negotiations with the Department of Environmental Affairs

    3.1 The first meeting with the Department of Environmental Affairs on March 9 in Pretoria
    occurred.
    Proposals of the Association's part in the meeting were as follows:
     The lion selfregulerend industry should be to membership
    enforceable order application can do for any
    permits.
     Regulations should be the same nationally for all provinces.
     Government Association to recognize and understand that we are concerned to
    in any future decisions.
    Dept of Environmental Affairs:
     undertake SAPBA on the list of players authorized to place
    that the Association may be invited for consultations;
     SAPBA agreed to allow a member of the Wildlife Forum and
    SAPBA request "an application in the prescribed manner;
     request the Association to assist with information about
    Key issues in which they operate lion database
    is not sufficient;
     announced it is working on "a review of the TOPS-
    regulations and that "a draft document will be sent to us.
    3.2 Discussion with Minister of Environment
    On March 19, 2011 the President and Ben Duminy "had a conversation with the
    Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Ms Edna Mulewa, by Mr. John
    Serfontein is facilitated. There were no specific issues on the agenda, but
    rather "a courtesy call in which the Society to bereidwilliheid
    with the Minister looking for answers transferred. The minister's
    attitude towards the lion industry as very open and accommodating, polite, especially
    regarding the idea of compulsory membership of the Association and the role
    of the Association in granting permits.
    3.3 Membership of the Wildlife Forum
    President, the Association's application for membership of the Wildlife Forum
    on October 31, 2011 in the prescribed format. The Forum will
    Association's application on Friday, November 18 recital.
    3.4 Amendment to TOPS regulations
    The draft document on the amendment of the TOPS regulations were received and
    is currently the Executive Committee studied with a view to delivering
    comments and suggestions.

    4. Discussions with Phasa and WRSA

    4.1 On Wednesday, November 9, the Executive Committee, "a workshop
    with "a management group of the Professional Hunters Association of South
    Africa (Phasa) held. Phasa was in recent years towards the distant hunting
    South African lion, but recently they decided to attitude
    change with SAPBA work for "a sustainable and respected
    leeujagbedryf in South Africa.
    The workshop was in "very good spirit took place. We have valuable
    opinion of Phasa received. It was decided early in the new year "follow-up
    workshop at which will seek to establish guidelines for marketing
    the hunting of South African lions. Issues that will receive attention are:
     Our definition of "Canned hunting" and our explicit rejection of
    practice;
     Our definition of a responsible hunt "a lion in terms of business
    as the size of the jag area the coasting period, and
     Our guidelines for responsible breeding and keeping of lions, especially
    order to prevent "human imprinting".
     How the "bad apples" from the ranks of the lion farmers removed
    be.
    Members will be invited to the workshop to participate.
    4.2 Lion Farm is just "a specialized form of game farming and fall
    in the same category as (stud) farming with buffaloes, ostriches, crocodiles,
    sable, baste gemsbok, etc.. All these types of game farming in place
    Wildlife ranching South Africa (WRSA) "an organizational home. Therefore the
    the Executive Committee decided to move closer to WRSA search. Although
    no formal decision has been taken, are the first indications that WRSA
    very positive and connecting SAPBA (in any form whatsoever) would be welcomed.




    10. The Code of Conduct and Disciplinary procedure

    The Association must "Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Procedure have.
    The
    Constitution provides, and the Annual General Meeting will
    Today "a concept Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures considered and hopefully
    approves.
    11. Administrative matters

     The website of the Association ( www.sapredators.co.za ) Must be serious and
    urgently updated. The Executive Committee decided that the
    following components on the site should be loaded:
     The Society's Vision and Mission statement
     The names and contact numbers of the EC members
     The names and addresses of the Association's members
     The Constitution
     The Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Procedure
     "Application forms for online applications for membership
     The names and addresses of the provincial offices and permit officials
     The table of rules and requirements for the hunting of lions in the provinces
     "a Department of Ads
     "A Conversation sforum
    Any suggestions in this regard will be appreciated.

    12. Closing remarks

    The court ruling gave us "a door wide open. We have the opportunity to
    lion industry nationally and internationally established as "a respected player in
    the hunting industry, but we shall be home in order to get.
     We need strong and unequivocal stand against "canned hunting."
     We need "a strong and pro-active contribution to policy and regulatory
    development at national and provincial level and moving in the direction of "a
    national "release period".
     We need clear and unambiguous commitment to action within the
    framework of current legislation and our members do not
    discipline
     We must take action against non-members by the illegal actions
    whole industry at risk
     We must work together with other players in the game industry with a view to
    common benefit
     Unlimited entry into the lion's industry is currently the greatest threat. It
    had "a very negative effect on the price of our product. It should
    strategically planned and performed to the supply side of the product within
    limits.
    Thank you
    (Prof) Pieter Potgieter JJS
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