Target: Dr. Bandile Mkhize, CEO of the Ezemvelo KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife Board, South Africa
Goal: Applaud the province of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa for implementing the first captive animal welfare laws in the country
The province of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa has adopted groundbreaking regulations and animal protection laws to increase the quality of life for captive animals. While these types of laws are common in Europe, in South Africa there have been few laws to protect animals kept in captivity. Applaud the province of KwaZulu-Natal for taking the lead on animal welfare in South Africa.
The new regulations, which took six years to get adopted into law, establish standards of care for wild animals being kept in captivity in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. With the exception of the falconry industry, wild animal captivity was completely unregulated and often led to animals not even receiving the most basic of care. The new regulations require things like clean drinking water and sufficient food, specify minimum sizes for enclosures, require proper socialization and animal enrichment, and prohibit abuse of captive animals. Compliance with these new regulations will be enforceable by law.
Thank Dr. Bandile Mkhize, CEO of the Ezemvelo KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife Board which created and adopted the new laws, for leading the way forward on animal welfare in South Africa.
Dear Dr. Mkhize,
Recently the province of KwaZulu-Natal adopted new laws and regulations to protect animals being kept in captivity after a grueling six year fight with groups aligned against the best interests of the animals. These laws are the first of their kind in South Africa and are leading the way on animal welfare.
Thanks to the hard work of you and the other members of the Ezemvelo KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife Board, animals kept in captivity are now guaranteed a better level of care, including clean food and water, proper socialization, appropriately sized enclosures, and freedom from abuse.
This is a great first step in recognizing and protecting the rights of the animals in your province and speaks to how South Africa is embracing a psychology of compassion for all living things. The way we treat animals reflects how we will treat our fellow humans and developing compassion for animals can help people develop compassion for each other as well.
Thank you for taking the lead on animal welfare in South Africa.
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