WASHINGTON, July 23, 2021 / PRNewswire / – from Vietnam seizure of three tonnes of lion bones found in a container shipped from South Africa raised concerns about up to 12,000 captive-bred lions for the country’s notorious “canned” hunting industry. The container also included rhino horns weighing 138 kg.
The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) said the seizure represented “a clear convergence in crime between lion breeding and exporting bones and trafficking in rhino horns.” Poaching of rhinos for their horns has devastated rhino populations in South Africa with no less than 10,000 killed since 2007.
“The Vietnam the authorities are to be congratulated for this seizure. IFAW encourages them to work with South African and international law enforcement to ensure the matter is fully investigated and those responsible are held to account, ”said Neil greenwood, director of IFAW Southern Africa.
Vietnam the authorities seized on Sunday, July 18, 2021 To Da Nang Harbor.
South Africa the last lion bone export permits were issued in 2018, and there has been no official export of bone since then. Environmentalists estimate that between 8 and 12,000 lions live in captivity in South Africa – about three times the population of wild free lions in the country.
In May, the South African Minister of Forests, Fisheries and the Environment, Barbara creecy, published a report from a high-level panel on the hunting, trade, captive breeding, management and handling of elephants, lions, leopards and rhinos. The Panel recommended that South Africa do not keep lions in captivity, keep lions in captivity, or use captive lions and their derivatives for commercial purposes.
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