The zero quota for the hunting of leopards in South Africa has been extended to 2017, the Department of Environmental Affairs confirmed, with the possibility of introducing a precautionary hunting quota in 2018.

The zero quota has been in place since January 2016 following an evidence-based decision by the Scientific Authority, an organisation established to assist with regulating and restricting the trade in specimens of listed threatened or protected species.

Draft decisions from the 17th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP17) require all parties with leopard export quotas to review the leopard hunting quotas and provide the scientific basis for the quota allocated. This CITES review process will continue this year to ensure that an appropriate quota is allocated for the South African leopard population.

The status of the Norms and Standards for Leopard Hunting are soon to be published for public comment.

Date Published:17 Jan 2017
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