While the PERFORMING ANIMALS PROTECTION ACT NO 24 OF 1935 promotes the ethical treatment of animals in captivity, it contains several clauses of great concern, namely;

  • 9. Saving. Nothing in this Act shall apply to the confinement or training of animals for military, police or sporting purposes or the purposes of an agricultural show, horse show, dog show, caged bird show or any public zoological gardens, or to the exhibition of animals at a military or police tournament or at a guymkhana, or at any show or in any such gardens or to the use of a dog for safeguarding by the South African Defence Force, the South African Police or the Prisons Service.

Johannesburg, South Africa – 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.

The Zoo’s two new elephants, a 22-year-old male, named Ramadiba and a 19-year-old female named Mopani are still kept separate from Lammie.