Entries by Bronwyn Hayes

Special request from NSPCA regarding Mandela Day

Premises not big enough to accommodate large groups. The spokesperson for the National Society for the Prevention of Animal Cruelty (NSPCA) , Chris Kuch has made a special request to the public regarding Mandela Day. “The Roodepoort Society for the Prevention of Animal Cruelty (SPCA) fondly remembers our beloved Madiba who was the Patron-in-Chief of the SPCA in South Africa until his passing. “In recognising his compassion, wisdom and community-mindedness, we invite members of our own community to recognise and contribute to his legacy of kindness on his birthday – Tuesday 18 July 2017,” Kuch wrote in a press release. […]

South Africa to export up to 800 lion skeletons

On Wednesday 28th June, South Africa said it had approved an export quota of 800 skeletons of captive-bred lions, sparking outrage from animal rights activists. The quota is in line with a decision taken by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES) last year, the Department of Environmental Affairs said. CITES banned the export of bones from wild lions, but allowed South Africa to establish a quota for bones derived from the country’s captive breeding facilities. The private ranches have up to 8,000 lions, more than twice the number of lions that South […]

Los Angeles to ban use of all wild animals in circuses

The city council of the nation’s second largest city – and the capital of the entertainment industry – today unanimously voted to ban the exhibition of wild or exotic animals for entertainment, including circuses, other wild animal shows, displays in public areas such as on sidewalks or parks, and rentals for house parties or events. Los Angeles City Councilman David Ryu sponsored the measure, which won the support of all the council members, and HSUS National Council member Cheri Shankar and the Performing Animal Welfare Society led the external effort to pass it. This reform substantially builds on a 2014 policy banning […]