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Guy and Ban Animal Trading are gathering input from the public to determine the introduction of an amendment to the outdated Animals Protection Act of 1962 and the Performing Animals Act of 1935.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

615 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.

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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

Emmerentia
No I do not
No I do not
The cages some animals are kept in, are way too small.
Yes
Abraham J.
Not fully
Not fully
We used to be member of the EFT since the 1980's and freinds of the Pretoria Zoo in about 1997. I am concerned about proper care of zoo animals and also about the mass export of live sheep.
Yes
Zoos need qualified and dedicated staff.
Bronwyn
Yes I do
Not fully
I support zoos but my for the good of the animals and their plight. Zoo's are essential from a conservation point of view and have a purpose in the responsibile captive breeding programmes for endangered and threatened species. They also play an important role in animal and conservation research. In addition they are essential for rescuing, homing and care of wild animals that cannot be reintroduced into the wild. Zoo's are essential for these aspects but should not be managed like a circus with the purpos of the animals being for human entertainment. They should perform an educational role but not at the expense of the animals' welfare. And they should most definitely not be exempt from any animal protection acts and the people involved in any animal cruelty should be prosecuted to the harshest standards.
Yes
The animals of all kinds need extensive protection in South Africa due to the terrible culture of crule behaviour towards them. The penalties should be much harsher and prosecution more speedy and prominent. I don't however agree with the exception placed on certain instances eg. Police, hunting etc.. All animals no matter what they are for should be protected from cruelty and abuse WITH NO EXCEPTIONS. The non-removal of the exceptions specifically is a huge flaw in the act because we have seen terrible treatment of horses and dogs by the military and police lately and the people responsible must be prosecuted (including those that don't allocate an adequate budget for the proper care of the animals)
Lisa
Yes I do
Not fully
I thought they were treated well until I saw the video. I think it’s important to have zoos for educational purposes but I do not support animal abuse.
Yes
Definitely
Ingrid
Yes I do
No I do not
I think zoo's of a kind are necessary, but each case needs to be looked into and if it is felt the animal should be out in the wild or needs larger movement area, then it should be moved.
Yes
Animals Protection Act