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South Africa to clamp down on captive lion breeding

May 3, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Lions are seen at the Moreson Ranch, a lion breeding ranch in Vrede, South Africa, 10 January 2015. Photo: Sinikka Tarvainen/dpa | usage worldwide (Photo by Sinikka Tarvainen/picture alliance via Getty Images)

South Africa will clamp down on captive lion breeding after a review panel concluded the industry risked the conservation of wild lions and harmed tourism, the environment minister said on Sunday.

JohannesburgSouth Africa will clamp down on captive lion breeding after a review panel concluded the industry risked the conservation of wild lions and harmed tourism, the environment minister said on Sunday.

In the nearly 600-page report, the panel appointed by the ministry in 2019 recommended that South Africa end the breeding and keeping of captive lions for economic gain, including hunting them and tourist interactions such as cub petting.

The panel also recommended an immediate moratorium on the trade of lion derivatives such as bones, which they found to pose major risks to wild lion populations in South Africa.

The panel could not reach consensus on how to tackle captive lion breeding, and only two thirds of its members supported these recommendations, according to the report.

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