Johannesburg - The Blood Lions Campaign on Wednesday welcomed the North Gauteng High Court's setting aside of former minister Edna Molewa’s 2017 and 2018 quotas for the exportation of lion bones.
On Tuesday, the court ruled that the quota set in 2017 on 800 lion bones and the 2018 quota of 1 500 lion bones was unlawful and constitutionally invalid.
Blood Lions in a statement said Tuesday's judgment was a victory for the predators as well as animal welfare organisations.
"Today is a good one for lions and all those opposed to the predator breeding, canned hunting and exploitative tourism industries. In this ruling handed down yesterday [Tuesday] in favour of the National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA), the predator breeding industry and government can no longer ignore animal welfare considerations.
"The ruling also questions the unilateral decision-making process the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) had used with regards to awarding lion bone quotas. The NSPCA and all those that supported them deserve significant credit for following through with this case.