NSPCA in bid to ban 'ugly' lion bone trade

The National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) has gone to court in a bid to halt the export of lion skeletons.

Read: NSPCA launches court bid over lion bone quota

The animal welfare group lodged an urgent court interdict against the Environmental Affairs Department to suspend the authorisation of lion bone exporting.

This comes after the department increased the export quota to 1 500 skeletons (with or without the skull) for the international trade in lion bones.

Read also: 'No proof that increased lion bone export quota won't have harmful effects'

Environmental journalist Don Pinnock says the NSPCA has put together a 450-page interdict to the government with the aim to put an end to lion bone trade.

Pinnock has questioned some of the decisions taken by the late environmental affairs minister Edna Molewa.

He claims that Molewa doubled the lion bone export quota, knowing that the skeletons are fraudulently marketed in Asia as Tiger bone wine.

The lion bone trade is really the ugly side of an already discredited canned lion hunting industry.

Don Pinnock, environmental journalist at Southern Write

She [Edna Molewa] threw out a lifeline to the canned lion hunting industry by letting them sell the bones.

Don Pinnock, environmental journalist at Southern Write

The trouble is that with canned lion hunting, you have to keep them in good condition for the hunters. But with lion bones, you don't have to look after the lions.

Don Pinnock, environmental journalist at Southern Write

The NSPCA took pictures at these breeding [sites]. The images are gut-wrenching. Nobody should see an aminal in that condition, let alone a lion.

Don Pinnock, environmental journalist at Southern Write

The Environmental Affairs Department washes its hands of [animal] welfare.

Don Pinnock, environmental journalist at Southern Write

The NSPCA are not going to let up. They've really got their teeth into this. Those pictures were the last straw.

Don Pinnock, environmental journalist at Southern Write

Listen to the discussion:


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