MERO MOTU AND THE EXTINCTION OF LIONS .
Allow me to connect the dots to explain how the decision of the S.A. Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in the canned hunting case could contribute to the extinction of wild lions in S.A.
To recap, the Minister for the Environment (at that time Van Schalkwyk) tried to impose a 24- month wilding rule on the captive lion breeders in the TOPS regulations (TOPS = Threatened Or Protected Species Regs).
The Predator Breeders (lion farmers who supply the canned hunting industry) objected and sued the Minister. They lost in the High Court but on appeal to the Supreme Court of Appeal (S.C.A.) they succeeded, and the 24- month wilding rule, which sought to restrict the hunting of tame lions to those who had been released into a large camp with a natural prey base for a minimum period of 24 months, was set aside.
So currently there is no protection for lions under the TOPS regulations, the number of captive lions has increased to 8,000 and canned lion hunting is a booming industry....