Have your say on the treatment of animals in Captivity

Sparked by the recent outcry over the treatment of elephants at the Joburg Zoo, DearSA, Good Things Guy and Ban Animal Trading are gathering input from the public to determine the introduction of an amendment to the outdated Animals Protection Act of 1962 and the Performing Animals Act of 1935. This amendment will strengthen the legislation to ensure animals in captivity are not subject to abuse while harsher penalties are imposed on individuals and institutions who contravene the Act – see summary and video.

1707 active citizens have provided input in this, so far. Have your say below.

In a viral video shared online, Lammie is seen running out of her dark quarters, clearly confused and traumatised. The two other elephants behind bars also react in alarm, much to the misguided delight of the screaming onlookers.

Shape this policy now

    Do you support South Africa's Zoos?
    Yes I doNo I do notNot fully

    Do you believe animals are treated with proper care in South Africa's Zoos?
    Yes I doNo I do notNot fully

    Would you support an Amendment Bill to strengthen the Animal Protection Act? (see summary)
    YesNoNot fully

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    Important to note; This is a legally protected public policy-shaping process mandated in the SA Constitution. By using DearSA’s platform you ensure an accurate record is held by civil society (so government cannot dispute participation facts or figures) which forms a solid foundation for a legal case should the necessity arise. It is not a petition. Your input is immediately sent to government and must, by law, be individually acknowledged and considered. Had this been a petition, all input would be grouped as a single submission.

    PUBLIC INPUT displaying latest 5

    francois
    Not fully
    Not fully
    Yes
    Gina
    No I do not
    No I do not
    Animals are NOT ours to use, abuse and exploit for gain. They belong in a suitable natural environment where they can live stress free, natural lives, free from gawping humans.
    Yes
    Close zoos, release animals to sanctuaries where they can either be rehabilitated and returned to the wild or live out their lives in safety and peace. Government MUST provide funding for ALL animal rescues/sanctuaries. They've stolen enough to keep all charities going for decades and more!
    Lesley
    No I do not
    No I do not
    Monkey Town and former Tygerberg Zoo are cases in point. Animals are stressed, live in appalling conditions, and are malnourished. I was horrified by the despair I saw in a chimpanzee rocking backwards and forwards in the middle of an arid enclosure. These are intelligent beings. How dare we treat them like this.
    Yes
    No animals to be used for entertainment.
    No testing on animals.
    All animal training centres (including the police and military) open for inspection.
    Colette
    No I do not
    No I do not
    Zoos and circuses are antiquated, outdated prisons for innocent animals and should outright be closed and banned.
    In this day and age the internet can provide far more educational information. Physically viewing miserable animals in poor and unnatural conditions and in ailing health is not condusive to a positive learning experience and the whole business is cruel and unkind to these sentient beings.
    Yes
    I have done so on the animal protection act page
    samantha
    No I do not
    No I do not
    Yes
    Animals Protection Act