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South African lion bone exports set to DOUBLE.

Posted: 17 July 2018. Updated: 17 July 2018

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DEVASTATING NEWS. The South African Government has confirmed, after details were leaked, that the 2018 quota for lion bones from captive animals has almost DOUBLED to 1500 skeletons, effective 7 June 2018.

Last year a quota of 800 lion skeletons was approved for export, despite opposition from dozens of animal protection groups and their supporters, including ADI. South Africa is able to set its own quota for captive lion body parts since a compromise deal was struck at the 2016 CITES conference, with devastating consequences.

Acknowledged by the government in their statement, in the last 2 years ADI has charted a rise in captive lion poaching incidents, including two of our rescued lions, Jose and Liso, who were killed by poachers last year in Limpopo, the epicentre of activity. With the government facilitating and allowing such a huge increase in lion bone exports, it is clear that their actions are fuelling both the legal and illegal trade.

Take action!

We are requesting the “new evidence” the 2018 quota was purportedly based on and need you to SPEAK OUT. Please email Mr Mpho Tjiane at mtjiane@environment.gov.za today calling for an end to lion bone exports from South Africa.

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