The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) and conservation groups have raised concerns regarding the increased lion bone export quota.
The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) has now increased the export quota to 1 500 skeletons (with or without the skull) for the international trade in lion bones.
Last year the quota was at 800.
Dr Kelly Marnewick of the EWT says there is no evidence to support the department's move.
We've yet to see any evidence from any research to show that this trade in captive lion bones won't have an impact on wild lions.— Dr Kelly Marnewick, Senior Trade Officer in the Wildlife in Trade Programme at EWT
We're worried that by supplying this demand, we are going to increase the demand for these products.— Dr Kelly Marnewick, Senior Trade Officer in the Wildlife in Trade Programme at EWT
Wild lions remain vulnerable to poaching for their body parts.— Dr Kelly Marnewick, Senior Trade Officer in the Wildlife in Trade Programme at EWT
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