National Council of the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals v Minister of Environmental Affairs, Director-General, Department of Environmental Affairs & South African Predators Association
6 August 2019
High Court of the Republic of South Africa, Gauteng Division, Pretoria
Case no. 86515/2017
Date: 6 August 2019
Judge: Kollapen J
This matter concerned the Minister of Environmental Affairs’ 2017 and 2018 lion bone export quotas. The Court held that the quotas were unlawful and constitutionally invalid because the Minister had failed to consider the welfare of captive lions in setting the annual export quotas. The court held that this failure was illogical, irrational and against the spirit of Section 24 of the Constitution (which contains the right to a healthy environment).