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SA to ban breeding lions in captivity for hunting

The decision was reached following recommendations contained in a study by a special government-appointed panel into the controversial practice.

FILE: A lion at the Dinokeng Game Reserve. Picture: dinokengreserve.co.za

PRETORIA – South Africa on Sunday revealed plans to ban the breeding of lions in captivity for trophy hunting or for tourists to pet, in a bid to promote a more “authentic” experience.

The decision was reached following recommendations contained in a study by a special government-appointed panel into the controversial practice.

The panel was studying the management and rules governing the hunting, trade and keeping in captivity of lions, elephants, rhino and leopards.

Environment Minister Barbara Creecy told a news conference that the report said: “we…

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