Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries
The High Level Panel set up to review policies, legislation and practices related to the management, breeding, hunting, trade and handling of elephant, lion, leopard and rhinoceros plans to complete its consultation processes by mid-November 2020.
The Panel confirmed this in a briefing in parliament on its work.
The Panel was set up in 2019.
In an earlier statement, the environment, forestry and fisheries department pointed out that the Panel is also tasked with reviewing the “implementation of the recommendations of the Committee of Inquiry into the feasibility, or not, of a legal rhinoceros horn trade, and any future decisions affecting trade-related proposals to the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), conduct public hearings and workshops, consider submissions, scientific evidence and other forms of information, and identify gaps and make recommendations on the basis of the key focus areas”.
Key focus areas include the keeping in captivity and hunting of elephant and rhino, the ivory trade, rhino anti-poaching and anti-trafficking measures and community empowerment, as well as leopard hunting and the trade in leopard skins.
The breeding of lion in captivity, the hunting of lion, and the trade in lion bones and skins also came under the spotlight.
In the briefing, the Panel also confirmed that a set of meetings to finalize its recommendations will be held in the third week of November.
The Panel’s report with recommendations will be submitted to the environment, forestry and fisheries minister by 30 November 2020.