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Legal and practical regulation of the welfare  of wild animals in South Africa

Legal and practical regulation of the welfare of wild animals in South Africa

September 2019

The Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) and the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) published a policy brief which sets out updated recommendations and implementation strategies to adequately regulate and protect the well-being of South Africa’s wild animals.

The policy brief is a follow up to the 2018 report titled Fair Game? Improving the Regulation of the Well-being of South African Wildlife which made key findings in relation to the existing law and enforcement of minimum welfare standards for wild animals.

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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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