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South Africa to investigate giraffe, meerkat, rhino shipments to China

SOUTH Africa's environment minister Barbara Creecy says she is planning an investigation after animal rights organisations alleged that wildlife ranging from giraffes and meerkats to rhinos are being illegally sold and shipped to Chinese zoos

31 May 2020 - 19:00

SOUTH Africa's environment minister Barbara Creecy says she is planning an investigation after animal rights organisations alleged that wildlife ranging from giraffes and meerkats to rhinos are being illegally sold and shipped to Chinese zoos.

Ban Animal Trading and the EMS Foundation alleged in a 118-page report that at least 5,035 animals were shipped from South Africa to China between 2016 and 2019, many of them in contravention of the Convention of International Trade on Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna, reports Bloomberg.



The minister said in a statement that it 'is convening an urgent online meeting between EMS Foundation, Ban Animal Trading and the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries to discuss how we investigate these allegations of irregularities, whether the convention or other aspects of South African law have been infringed, and if so, what remedial action needs to be taken'.


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