Important Articles Relating to the SA Predator Association


Below you will find articles relating to the South African Predator Association and the Lion Hunting Industry in Southern Africa.

1. General Articles

1.1. SAPA letter to Secretary Zinke
Author: South African Predator Association    Publication Date: 11 October 2017

There is really only one way of making lions available to American hunters without putting undue pressure on wild populations, and that is to breed them. Our Association works around the clock to make sure that this is done according to our very high norms and standards and that the hunting is conducted in a fair, ethical and humane way. Learn more...
1.2. The Mabalingwe Perspective
Author: SAPA    Publication Date: 15 December 2016

No, seriously, if you have the means, what reason on earth is there not to live at Mabalingwe? It not only has a Bushveld atmosphere, it is the Bushveld, with its curling hills studded with boulders, with its covering of Mopani and thorn trees, its hard dusty earth, and, of course its animals that seemingly come in fives: big five, small five, and as we learnt, even ugly five. Yet the Mabalingwe lifestyle is not the rough-and-tumble, can-of-the-best Bushveld thing. Learn more...
1.3. Captive-bred lions to put end to debate
Author: South African Predator Association    Publication Date: 03 November 2016

Two young lions, just over three years old, have proven that conservation by means of captive breeding is possible. Critics have been up in arms for some time now about lion farms that breed lions in captivity. According to these critics, captive-bred lions have no conservation value, as it would be impossible for them to survive out in their natural habitat. Learn more...
1.4. Unethical hunting practices or not?
Author: South African Predator Association    Publication Date: 13 September 2016

SAPA and its members have increasingly become the target of malicious and deliberate attempts to portray the lion industry as unethical and those involved in this industry as bloodthirsty people without conscience. The sharpened attacks by recent television programs like Carte Blanche and BBC News and re-run of "old" footage are impeccably timed to try and sway the vote of delegates attending the CITES CoP 17 conference. Learn more...
1.5. Wildbedryf: Romantiek én Pragmatisme die Wenkombinasie
Author: Carla van der Vyver (SAPA)    Publication Date: 21 August 2016

In 'n betreklik gebalanseerde artikel in die Landbou Weekblad van 29 Julie 2016 ("Namibië se jagbedryf troef SA") word die verskraling in die Suid-Afrikaanse jagbedryf bespreek en aan 'n bondel faktore toegeskryf. Oorregulering en 'n gebrek aan staatsondersteuning word genoem. Suid-Afrikaanse teelmetodes en jagpraktyke in teenstelling met die beeld van hoë etiek wat in Namibië voorgehou word, word egter as die vernaamste sondebok uitgesonder. Learn more...
1.6. Informing decisions on trophy hunting
Author: Dan Challendar - IUCN    Publication Date: 13 April 2016

Trophy hunting is currently the subject of intense debate. In the European Parliament, Members have called for signing of a Written Declaration calling: "to examine the possibility of restricting all import of trophies into the EU, to ensure proper implementation of the rules by Member States, and to persuade countries that are issuing permits to trophy hunters without consideration for the impacts of trophy hunting on conservation and animal welfare to discontinue this practice". Learn more...
1.7. Blood Lions and bloody lying
Author: South African Predator Association    Publication Date: 18 February 2016

The producers of "Blood Lions" have appropriated themselves the right to be the final arbiters as to how lions are best to be protected and conserved. If they are wrong we could very well see the day where there are once again be no differences between lions. They will all simply be – dead lions. Learn more...
1.8. When an Animal Lover dares Speaking the Truth
Author: South African Predator Association    Publication Date: 15 February 2016

The Animal Justice Warriors are not happy. A video, originally posted in 2013 on Youtube, is having a second life on social media. The AJW’s clearly wishes it never even had a first life. Nor the person it features: young Danish animal lover, Mikkel Legarth. In their eyes Legarth is an apostate to their state religion, a heretic in their First Church of the Exaltation of Animal above Man. Learn more...
1.9. How The New U.S. Rules Will Affect Lion Trophy Importation Into The U.S.
Author: Safari Club International    Publication Date: 31 December 2015

Much of the recent debate around lion management and the role of legal, well-regulated hunting in species conservation has been polarising and, in many instances, misinformed. South Africa’s species preservation track record is well known on the global stage and, thanks to a strictly regulated permit system, the Department of Environmental Affairs has been able to ensure that the trade in listed species is in the main sustainable, legal and traceable. Learn more...
1.10. Legal, regulated hunting has a role to play in conserving species
Author: Minister Edna Molewa    Publication Date: 04 August 2015

Much of the recent debate around lion management and the role of legal, well-regulated hunting in species conservation has been polarising and, in many instances, misinformed. South Africa’s species preservation track record is well known on the global stage and, thanks to a strictly regulated permit system, the Department of Environmental Affairs has been able to ensure that the trade in listed species is in the main sustainable, legal and traceable. Learn more...
1.11. Minister Edna Molewa addresses lion breeding and hunting
Author: Minister Edna Molewa    Publication Date: 15 July 2015

The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa has held a ground-breaking stakeholder engagement to discuss matters around lion management in South Africa; and in particular, breeding and hunting. The Minister convened the engagement to address widespread and mounting public concern around the practice of so-called 'canned hunting' of lion. Learn more...
1.12. The Melissa Bachman Affair
Author: Pieter JJS Potgieter (SAPA)    Publication Date: 01 January 2014

It has come under the attention of the South African Predator Association that Melissa Bachman’s posting of her hunting trophy photographs on Face Book and Twitter has drawn a huge negative response from far and wide. In South Africa a photograph showing a smiling Bachman behind her trophy lion has elicited severe criticism, as if this lion is the last nail in the coffin of the African lion as a species. Learn more...


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