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Fair Game? Improving the Well-Being of South African Wildlife

Fair Game? Improving the Well-Being of South African Wildlife

June 2018

This joint report, published by the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) and the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT), was prompted by growing concern amongst civil society and NGOs about the absence of welfare considerations in conservation laws and practices. The report sets out the findings of a review of the regulation of the welfare of wild animals in South Africa. It finds that there are major gaps in both legislation and the implementation of those laws, leaving the well-being of wild animals without adequate protection.

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Section 24of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996

Everyone has the right to an environment that is not harmful to their health or well-being; and to have the environment protected, for the benefit of present and future generations, through reasonable legislative and other measures that prevent pollution and ecological degradation; promote conservation; and secure ecologically sustainable development and use of natural resources while promoting justifiable economic and social development.

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