THE WILDLIFE ANIMAL PROTECTION FORUM SOUTH AFRICA

FOUNDING DOCUMENT

As Founding Members of the Wildlife Animal Protection Forum South Africa (WAPFSA) we, the undersigned South African organisations, resolve to adopt this statement of purpose, objects, and operational principles.

BACKGROUND

The WAPFSA was initiated in 2017 as a collaborative network representing the interests of wild animals and as a vehicle to engage government on animal protection, ethical and compassionate conservation, welfare and biodiversity loss issues amongst others.

OUR WORK

The WAPFSA provides a framework for cooperation and networking among non-governmental organisations in South Africa. Through such cooperation, animal protection, environmental, conservation, and other like-minded organisations can present, to the various government agencies and other relevant bodies, a strong, clear and informed common position.

Our collaboration involves, but is not limited to, the following main categories: advocacy, outreach, research, enforcement, investigation, monitoring, litigation and training.

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WAPFSA OPPOSES THE PROPOSAL FOR A NEW GAME MEAT ABATTOIR AT LONDOLOZI PRIVATE GAME RESERVE

Londolozi Private Game Reserve is part of the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, situated on the western border of the Kruger National Park. Until 1971 it was a hunting farm, Dave and John Varty shifted the focus of the property to ecotourism and photographic safaris. Londolozi is the Zulu word meaning “protector of all living things”.

In May 2019 a proposal was published regarding the establishment of a wild meat abattoir at Londolozi. Please find all the details of the proposal in the following document:

WAPFSA NOTICED SOME INTERESTING SOCIAL MEDIA COMMENTARY FOLLOWING THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF ESTABLISHING AN ABATTOIR AT LONDOLOZI PRIVATE GAME RESERVE:

“With climate change our rainfall is 200mm less than it was before. This means our carrying capacity has dropped considerably, we have been forced to reduce hippo and impala. All this meat was processed by the Kruger Park abattoir which is close to Skukuza. I would like to see this abattoir relocated to the Kruger Park western boundary where it can provide necessary protein to the hungry people on the Kruger Park and Sabi Sand western boundary. This will help to combat the subsistence poaching which is rising rapidly in the Kruger at the moment. Tread light. John Varty

“Londolozi shares an unfenced border with the Greater Kruger National Park. Wild animals, including those of the Greater Kruger National Park, move freely across onto the privately-owned Londolozi. The Varty’s enjoy the reward of this free movement. Allowing this abattoir will licence and enable the Varty’s to capture and kill any Greater Kruger animals that tread on the Londolozi property in the name of climate change or any other excuse to privately kill wild animals on their property. Permission for this abattoir will set a dangerous precedent for all the other, and there are many, unfenced private properties that share an unfenced border with the Greater Kruger National Park. ” Johann Rademeyer

“JV – your coffee is cold if you really believe that setting up an abattoir to process impala and hippo meat at Londolozi is a good thing and is needed because of climate change! I have heard a lot of BS in my life, but his sits right near the top. There have been droughts in the Lowveld over the millennia and wildlife has survived these droughts (and anyway you are a mere 2000 hectares in a 3 million hectare open system). What has happened to the Londolozi mantra of being “the protector of ALL living things”. Surely, just surely this contradiction must have registered at some point and caused you to think about what you folks are doing? Sometimes in life we all make cock-ups and his is one of those times. My advice is to front up; own up to the mistake; immediately stop all hunting on Londolozi and permanently cancel any plans for an abattoir. Or is money more important? Tread lightly John, tread lightly indeed.” Colin Bell

The game meat or meat harvested from wild animals is a industry that WAPFSA is following closely. Is the development of proposed abattoir at Londolozi Private Game Reserve going to be funded by the WWF Nedbank Green Trust?

THE WWF Nedbank Green Trust is funding Conservation Outcomes a KwaZulu Natal based non profit organisation focused on biodiversity conservation to develop the game meat protocol and demonstration projects in partnership with game reserves and the retails industry.

“As a bank focused on positively building society, Nedbank regards this as a catalytic project. We are funding it over three years to test and develop the market for wild-sourced game meat in a manner that is consistent with biodiversity conservation” says Yvonne Verrall, Marketing Manager for Nedbank’s Green Affinity.

“We are focusing on extensive private, state and community owned game reserves, including Kruger National Park and the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area. In northern KwaZulu Natal we are working with reserves such as Phinda, Somkhanda and Babanango to determine the viability of setting up an abattoir in Phinda in partnership with neighbouring reserves” says Greg Martindale, Director of Conservation Outcomes

MORE INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE HERE:

https://www.wwf.org.za/our_story/our_history/

https://www.wwf.org.za/wwf_nedbank_gt_funding.cfm

https://www.nedbank.co.za/content/nedbank/desktop/gt/en/news/nedbankstories/affinity-projects/2019/growth-of-south-african-game-meat.html

https://www.wwf.org.za/?29382/Growth-of-South-African-game-meat-industry

In response to the proposed abattoir at Londolozi some of the WAPFSA members started a petition:

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/260/466/021/stop-londolozi-abattoir-for-the-processing-of-wild-animals-near-kruger-south-africa/

The petition has subsequently been suspended whilst representative of the EMS Foundation consult with their legal representatives Cullinan and Associates.


MARINE OIL POLLUTION Preparedness, Response and Cooperation Draft Bill 2019

WAPFSA has expressed our concern about the seeming lack of infrastructure to prevent and manage emergencies and possible incidents at sea, as well as illegal activities and pollution.

We welcome the Draft Bill as a tool to better protect our biodiversity and environment for the sake of ecosystems and resources for our future generations.

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THE WILDLIFE ANIMAL PROTECTION FORUM SOUTH AFRICA RESPONDS TO MINISTER CREECY’S HIGH LEVEL ADVISORY PANEL APPOINTMENTS

25TH NOVEMBER 2019

EXCERPTS FROM THE LETTER ADDRESSED TO:

THE DIRECTOR GENERAL MS NOSIPHO NGCABA AND MINISTER BARBARA CREECY

FROM: THE WILDLIFE ANIMAL PROTECTION FORUM SOUTH AFRICA

THE LETTER IS TITLED: ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO REVIEW POLICIES, LEGISLATION AND PRACTICES ON MATTERS RELATED TO THE MANAGEMENT, BREEDING, HUNTING, TRADE AND HANDLING OF ELEPHANT, LION, LEOPARD AND RHINOCEROS AND RELATED MATTERS

“We are disappointed and deeply concerned with the selection of the Committee as well as the Department’s lack of transparency and clarity in respect of the selection thereof.

The Committee is predominantly composed of persons directly involved in the use and exploitation of wildlife including hunting, breeding, testing, killing and otherwise. Such persons have deeply vested commercial/financial and other interests in the outcome of the Committee’s deliberations. We are of the view that such persons cannot be considered to be independent of these interests and will thus attempt to influence the outcome in accordance with such.”

THE FULL LETTER IS AVAILABLE ON THE LINK POSTED

OCTOPUS TRAPS IN FALSE BAY MINISTER CREECY’S SECOND RESPONSE TO WAPFSA

“The Department has a mandate to implement the Marine Living Resources Act, which confers the responsibility for ensuring utilisation of marine living resources and protection of the broader ecosystems in which such utilisation may take place, while also achieving social and economic goals, as was re-iterated in the judgement in the West Coast rock lobster case referred to. As a public trustee, I am bound to uphold this legislation and to ensure that the objectives of the Marine Living Resources Act are achieved in a balanced manner”.

Minister Barbara Creecy Department of the Environment, Forestry and Fisheries

WAPFSA ENDORSES THE SOUTHERN AFRICA TOURISM SERVICES ASSOCIATION GUIDELINES FOR CAPTIVE WILDLIFE ATTRACTIONS AND ACTIVITIES

On the 31st October 2019 the South African tourism association, SATSA, launched a guide to Evaluation Captive Wildlife Attractions and Activities to help navigate the complex issues surrounding the captive wildlife sector.

The guide document contains an interactive tool for easy decision making, through eight simple questions, on interactions through a “decision tree”.

The guide and tool are aimed at four key groups: foreign and local visitors interacting with animals, buyers such as destination management companies, tour operators internationally and locally as well as industry representatives such as associations, industry bodies and government among others.

The tool will allow these groups to assess animal interaction operations and make informed decisions to support ethically sound and responsible operators in South Africa.

WAPFSA welcomes this initiative and congratulates SATSA on this comprehensive document. This is a very useful tool by which to evaluate and select animal interaction activities in tourism.

“The voice against tourism experiences that include animal interactions has grown louder and has impacted on how South Africa is being perceived as a tourism destination” says Keira Powers, Chairperson of the Southern African Tourism Services Association (SATSA) Animal Interaction Committee.

THE DEPARTMENT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES APPOINTS HIGH LEVEL ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Minister Barbara Creecy Appoints an Advisory Committee to Review Policies, Legislation and Practices Related to the Management of Elephant, Lion, Leopard and Rhinoceros.

22nd October 2019

The names of the committee members were published in the Government Gazette Number 42761 (Notice Number 1317) on the 10th October 2019. The Committee was also known as the High Level Panel, has been appointed in terms of the National Environmental Management Act of 1998.

The Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, Ms Barbara Creecy has announced the appointment of Mr Mavuso Msimang as the Chair of a 25-member advisory committee to review policies, legislation and practices related to the management, breeding, hunting, trade and handling of elephant, lion, leopard and rhinoceros.

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ALLEGED SMUGGLING OF LION BONE CALLED “LEGAL” BY MINISTER’S SPOKESPERSON

WAPFSA MEDIA STATEMENT

07 OCTOBER 2019

The recent news release of 342 kg of lion bones discovered on an outbound flight at OR Tambo Airport on 1stOctober 2019 which was subsequentially confiscated, had extensive media coverage.

The comment from the Director of Communications at the Department of Environmental Affairs, Albi Modise was that “although the export of lion bones born in captivity was legal, a special permit was required to send them out.” This statement was reported by a number of media outlets, including World News, The Straits Times, BBC News, EWN, MSN, Business Standard, 7D News, and This is Money UK, Getaway, Jacaranda FM, and NST.

The export of lion bones from South Africa is currently illegal. In order to be legal, a yearly quota is supposed to be proposed by the Scientific Authority through the National Convention on the international Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Management Authority, then approved and communicated to all provincial conservation departments and managed at National level under the authority of the Minister of Forestry and Fishery and Environmental Affairs, Barbara Creecy.

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OCTOPUS TRAPS IN FALSE BAY THE WILDLIFE ANIMAL PROTECTION FORUM SOUTH AFRICA A SECOND LETTER TO MINISTER CREECY

The undersigned Members of the Wildlife Animal Protection Forum South Africa support the Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, of which South Africa is a signatory, in particular the ending of poverty with the implicit reduction of inequality and the achievement of social justice.

Our constitution highlights our rights as South Africans to having the environment protected. We support equal access to resources at the same time as we support the need to protect our biodiversity for future generations.

The importance of addressing the climate change crisis is paramount. We believe that, as articulated by UNHRC Chief Michelle Bachelet, climate change is the “greatest ever threat to human rights”

It is vital that South Africa is able to demonstrate our commitment to protecting at 17% of each habitat type. Fulfilling our duty in this regard is essential in order to ensure the sustainability of resources for future generations.

SIGNED BY WAPFSA MEMBERS

BLACK RHINOCEROS NON-DETRIMENT FINDING ASSESSMENT

WILDLIFE ANIMAL PROTECTION FORUM

IN CORRESPONDENCE WITH

THE SCIENTIFIC AUTHORITY OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL BIODIVERSITY INSTITUTE

Dated: 20th September 2019

It must be noted that the findings of the above mentioned assessment were issued by the Scientific Authority of South Africa on the 12th July 2018. A year later on the 22nd August 2019, your office offered members of the public a thirty-day period in which to respond to these proposed assessments.

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