Recently an article entitled “Shock Wildlife Truths” appeared by Louzel Lombard Steyn, published by Traveller 24, exposing lion poaching in South Africa. This comes in the wake of the Department of Environmental Affairs in South Africa announcing a ban on lion bone exports, but also considering the legal trade/exportation of a proposed quota of 800 skeletons (Department of Environmental Affairs Media release), obtained from captive bred lions. This will however first be communicated to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES) Secretariat.
According to the CEO of the Southern African Predator Association (SAPA) Carla van der Vyver, they support the quota in order to promote transparency in the industry, however it should be realistic. They do however consider a quota of 800 skeletons too small. According to their figures there are between 8000 to 8500 captive bred lions in South Africa.
In a response article by the TRUE GREEN ALLIANCE i.e. Ron Thompson, they supported, welcomed and promoted the decision by the Minister of Environmental Affairs in South Africa. Their arguments are:
“the bones were obtained legally, they are a by-product of a perfectly legal farming enterprise and their export will have no impact on the wild lion population whatsoever. Her decision to allow this export complies with South Africa’s National Conservation Strategy; and it is within the parameters laid down by the IUCN’s World Conservation Strategy (1980) upon which South Africa’s National Conservation Strategy was constructed. And the minister has complied with all the CITES requirements.”
This might all be true and cross-border in South Africa, but this tendency might very well roll over to Namibia as is the case with colour variants;
NAPHA as an organisation stands on firm principles and believes, which as a consequence led to a very good relationship with the Ministry of Environment and Tourism as well as other National and International organisations.
Our association promotes the protection and maintaining of diverse and healthy wildlife populations in order to ensure its sustainable utilization in the long term. This entails that wildlife should be cared for and managed in a natural habitat (not artificially as in the case with lion breeding), as well as to prevent the over-exploitation of wildlife and destructive practices.
As a result NAPHA would like to express its disappointment with the intentions of South Africa in considering the trade and proposed quota on Lion bones.
NAPHA does not support the trade in lion bones or the commercial breeding of lions in Namibia.
Source: Namibia Professional Hunting Association (NAPHA)