Lions Need Your Voice Now! We have until 15th June 2013 to give input on the proposed new TOPS regulations. If you wish to give input, and you’d like us to help lions, please send a quick and easy letter here: http://catlaws.com CANNED LION HUNTING AND THE NEW TOPS REGULATIONS The Department of the Environment has published amendments to the Threatened or Protected Species( TOPS) regulations (and given the public 60 days to file comment. 60 days ending 15th June 2013.) Campaign Against Canned Hunting, the NGO that has spent more than a decade exposing the abuses of lion farming and canned lion hunting, has extracted from the 101 page document those provisions that affect lions and comments upon them below. Main Criticism:- If the TOPS regulations are intended to protect biodiversity, then they can accurately be described as cosmetic, misdirected and irrelevant. Canned lion hunting is an industry whose whole business model violates the Animals Protection Act of 1962. Imagine the public outcry if livestock farmers allowed hunters to come on to their land and use their sheep or cattle for target practice. There would be a public boycott of S.A. meat and meat products. Consumers would be up in arms. Yet the TOPS regulations wrongly assume that canned hunting (the use of livestock for target practice) is not illegal – and then provides some cosmetic restrictions, when it ought to be banning the whole lion farming industry. 2. Proposed amendments to the TOPS regulations seek to stop the current abuses of shooting arrows into elephant and rhino – but bow hunters may continue...
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