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When is a wild animal actually a farm animal?

29 January 2020

Can Wild Animals Actually be Farm Animals?

In a recent opinion piece led by Mike Somers, we criticised the SA government's Department of Agriculture for passing a bill that classified 24 indigenous wildlife species and 3 invasive alien species as 'farm animals'. This allows farmers to breed these same species into genetically pure lines that could be advantageous for their sale. However, this law contravenes several existing laws that conserve these same species, or list them as invasive in South Africa. Our article questioned whether such a law should ever have been promulgated, given that there was never any consultation.

Read the article in the South African Journal of Science here:

We got a nice write-up in the Guardian here:

And another write up in the Saturday Star here:

...and the Witness here:

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