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Guy and Ban Animal Trading are gathering input from the public to determine the introduction of an amendment to the outdated Animals Protection Act of 1962 and the Performing Animals Act of 1935.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

1078 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

Jan-Herman
No I do not
No I do not
Not fully
Shelagh
No I do not
No I do not
The treatment and neglect of animals at the Bloemfontein Zoo is despicable and cruel.
The ignorance in the care of elephants at Johannesburg Zoo is shocking and very sad and does nothing in promoting the welfare of wild life or the education of South Africans about caring for nature for the future.
Yes
Hedda
No I do not
Not fully
No wild animal should be kept in captivity. Even with stimulation, it is not their natural environment and there is not enough space for them. They should rather be in sanctuaries that can take better care of them.
Yes
Animals are sentient beings, they feel pain, fear and form strong family bonds. The law should enforce their proper care and protection. Wild animals should not be allowed in zoos and circuses.
Robert
No I do not
No I do not
Yes
GORDON
No I do not
No I do not
Yes
Animals Protection Act