VICTORY. South Africa Has Banned Leopard Hunting For 2016

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On Monday 25th January, the South African government decided to stop issuing any permits for hunting leopards in 2016.

 

A hugely favourable decision for animal rights activists and animal lovers worldwide.

 

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The Department of Environmental Affairs delivered the official announcement:

 

Provincial conservation authorities were informed that leopard hunts should not be authorised in 2016.

 

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Under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), South Africa is entitled to issue 150 permits a year for the trophy-hunting of leopards destined for export. But this year, not one will be issued.

 

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The number of leopards in the wild remains a mystery given these creatures' incredibly discreet nature and nocturnal living habits.

 

Andrew Muir, one of the members of the local charity Wilderness Foundation added:

 

Until we know population numbers and carrying capacity we should not hunt them.

 

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Source : @AfriqueduSud

 

Sadly though, South Africa continues to earn a substantial profit from selling hunting permits to rich foreigners who want to shoot a lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, or rhinoceros (one of "the big five"). These trophy hunters are willing to fork out thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars for the 'hit'.

 

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According to figures from South Africa's Environment Ministry, hunting turns over 6.2 billion rand every year… that's $373 million dollars.

 

We hope this decision will be taken into effect in the following years as well, and that other species can also benefit from a ban on hunting!

 

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Right now, over 7,000 lions are secretly being bred for the most tragic reasons

 

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Featured image : @HuntForever

 

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