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Guy and Ban Animal Trading are gathering input from the public to determine the introduction of an amendment to the outdated Animals Protection Act of 1962 and the Performing Animals Act of 1935.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

1705 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

    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    Zoos and circuses are antiquated, outdated prisons for innocent animals and should outright be closed and banned.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
    Debbie
    No I do not
    No I do not
    Animals should not be kept in cages LOCKED UP for the amusement of people. it is disgusting.

    Have more ANIMAL SANCTUARIES to help distressed animals.

    south africa is a cruel nation with no respect for animals.

    LOCK THESE PERPETRATORS UP, they deserve nothing less
    Yes
    absolutely

    PROTECT THE VULNERABLE AND INNOCENT ANIMALS
    LINDA
    No I do not
    No I do not
    Animals in zoos are prisoners and are not kept in their natural environment. They are taken away from their families and homes and forced to live in cages and small spaces. All zoos must be closed. if you want o see animals watch national Geographic on TV or go to a game reserve. Close all zoos.
    Yes
    Close the zoos, they don't belong in today's world. How terrible for the animal to have a bunch of humans staring at them and mocking them. Very cruel.
    Animals Protection Act