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.
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.
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.
“The creation of new fisheries in South Africa creates opportunities to achieve economic growth, focusing on small and medium enterprise development thereby creating jobs, developing skilled personnel and enhancing economic transformation in the fishing sector. The Octopus vulgarisms species was identified by the fishing industry as the basis of a possible new commercial venture.”
Minister Barbara Creecy Department Environment, Forestry and Fisheries
Attention: The Minister of the Environment, Forestry and Fisheries
“Their Future is Dark” THE RHINO HORN TRADE 2019
The history surrounding the demand for African rhino horn is complex. During the European colonial era trophy hunting was largely responsible for the decimation of the rhino populations, for decades thereafter the uncontrollable illegal rhino horn trade between Africa and Vietnam and China is to blame.
Traditionally, once removed the horn was polished to a beautiful translucent hue and carved to make magnificent ornaments, or the horn was ground down into a fine powder and used in traditional Asian medicine, but increasingly rhino horn is now being used as a status symbol to display success and wealth.
WAPSA LETTER TO MINISTER CREECY WITH REGARD TO THE OCTOPUS TRAPS IN FALSE BAY
“It is of serious concern to us that thirteen whales have been entangled in octopus traps along the South African coast of the past few years. Nine of these whales have died as a result of these entrapments.”
We believe that the need to protect our endangered wildlife species in South Africa should be a national priority. Rampant wildlife crime has led to immense human suffering and financial loss. Weak penalties and poor legal enforcement have made wildlife crime a lucrative and low-risk activity for criminal syndicates.
Nearly 120 000 concerned individuals have signed a petition to the office of the National Prosecuting Authority requesting the re-investigation of suspicious rhino poaching related crimes committed in Northern Kwa-Zulu Natal. These crimes have affected our important rhino populations, but equally have disrupted lives.
RE: #TipsForBarbara, Your Budget Policy Speech – 11th July 2019
The undersigned organisations are part of the Wildlife Animal Protection Forum, an alliance of diverse South African NGO’s that share certain values, knowledge and objectives and that collectively comprise a body of expertise from scientific, conservation, legal, welfare, rights, social justice, faith and public advocacy sectors.
We appreciate your #TipsForBarbara initiative and your efforts to engage with the public and NGO’s.
We see the challenges the environment is facing on a global scale and the opportunity that governments have of achieving the Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targets, your mandate is of incommensurable importance. It also come with tremendous responsibilities, and we congratulate you for accepting this position.
Please find a copy the document that was prepared at the request of Minister Barbara Creecy.