On Sunday, the 2nd of May 2021, the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, Ms Barbara Creecy, released a much-anticipated report...
On Sunday, the 2nd of May 2021, the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, Ms Barbara Creecy, released a much-anticipated report – the High-Level Panel Report on the Management, Breeding, Hunting, Trade and Handling of Elephant, Rhino, Leopard and Rhinoceros (HLP Report for short).
The report has been compiled by a panel appointed by the Minister in response to public concerns regarding the conservation and sustainable use of these iconic African species. They looked at all the relevant policies, legislation and practices in the wildlife industry and at issues such as trade in rhino horns and lion bones, elephant culling debate and hunting of captive-bred lions. The end result was a comprehensive report with 18 goals and 60 recommendations. Some of which are listed below:
It is a very good first step towards a more informed and modern wildlife management taking into account ethical and scientific developments and findings. However, ERP thinks it can be even better. This is why we have filed a submission focussed on the plight of captive elephants exploited in zoos and in human interactions for entertainment.