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Guy and Ban Animal Trading are gathering input from the public to determine the introduction of an amendment to the outdated Animals Protection Act of 1962 and the Performing Animals Act of 1935.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

177 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)
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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

Nicki
Not fully
Not fully
Animals are not for our entertainment. If they have to be kept in captivity, the environment should be as close to their natural habitat as possible with minimal interference from humans. After all, we are taking over their homes and endangering their survival, not the other way round.
Yes
Any action that prevents humans from harming or exploiting animals on any level should be a priority. Legislation to enforce this should be fully supported.
Sophia
No I do not
No I do not
Yes
Cathy
No I do not
No I do not
Look how ? were treated in Joburg zoo..... ?..... ???
Yes
Candace
No I do not
No I do not
Zoos are outdated, they offer no educational or conservation purpose and its all about the money for them! Wild animals belong in the wild!!!
Yes
Linda
No I do not
No I do not
Yes
Animals Protection Act