This pilot programme aims to improve the transparency, compliance, monitoring, enforcement and effectiveness of South Africa’s biodiversity, conservation and welfare laws relating to wild animals to help protect ecosystems and species for the benefit of current and future generations.
We do this through:
- legal representation and litigation, including amici curiae interventions and assistance with the institution of the criminal prosecution of offenders who violate our laws;
- reviewing the legal and practical regulation of the welfare of wild animals in SA, with a view to making recommendations for reform;
- tracking the application of biodiversity, conservation and welfare laws relating to wild animals, in particular the transparency and proper implementation of the Threatened or Protected Species (TOPS) permit system; and
- generally working to improve compliance with biodiversity laws.
In this project we work closely with other civil society organisations with similar objectives, in particular the Endangered Wildlife Trust and the Wilderness Foundation.
- National Legislation35
- International instruments4
- Provincial Legislation16
- Government Documents6
- Case watch5
- What's new?5
Request to GDARD for copies of permits for the keeping in captivity and breeding of lions at the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve
October 10, 2017
Request to MTPA for copies of documents relating to bones of lions shot or euthanased after escape from national parks
August 16, 2017
Request to DEA for information relating to inspections of industrial facilities by the green scorpions
August 16, 2017