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Guy and Ban Animal Trading are gathering input from the public to determine the introduction of an amendment to the outdated Animals Protection Act of 1962 and the Performing Animals Act of 1935.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.
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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.
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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.