Policies & Positions


Policies & Positions

Our policies and positions are dynamic and are developing constantly. We encourage our members to keep themselves abreast of these developments. Policies and positions are debated and formulated at our AGM, while updates are published in all our communications.

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PHASA policy on hunting (adopted at the PHASA AGM on 17 November 2010)
•    PHASA supports the responsible hunting of all species in a sustainable, extensive wildlife system that can fend for themselves, provided that such species are hunted according to the laws of the land and the PHASA Code of Conduct.

PHASA policy on hunting of leopards over hounds (adopted at the PHASA AGM on 16 November 2011)
•    PHASA supports the hunting of leopards over hounds, within the governance compliance structure of the Sub-Saharan Houndsmen Association.

PHASA position on captive-bred lion hunting (adopted at the PHASA AGM on 18 November 2015)
This position paper replaces any previous versions

PHASA has reversed its 2013 position on the hunting of captive-bred lions and will no longer tolerate this form of hunting.  This decision was taken at the association’s 2015 annual general meeting (AGM), where the majority of PHASA members voted to take a stand against the practice.

The official resolution adopted reads as follows:
PHASA distances itself from all captive-bred lion breeding and hunting until such time as the South African Predator Association can convince PHASA and the International Union for Conservation of Nature that captive-bred lion hunting is beneficial to lion conservation.   

The above decision is effective immediately and is binding on all PHASA members.  If any evidence arises implicating a PHASA member as having participated in the hunting or marketing of a captive-bred lion, such member will be subjected to PHASA’s internal disciplinary process, which will include expulsion if found guilty.

PHASA position on colour variants and intensive game-breeding (adopted at the PHASA AGM on 19 November 2014)
PHASA rejects the following:
•    The hunting of animals in any area other than an ‘extensive wildlife system’, as defined in the Threatened or Protected Species (TOPS) Amendment Regulations, issued in terms of the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act of 2004 (Act 10 of 2004).
•    Any notion or claim that colour variants are bred to satisfy a significant demand in the trophy hunting market.
•    Any notion or claim that breeding practices aimed at increasing horn size are necessary because trophy hunting depleted the gene pool.
•    Any notion or claim that the breeding of animals with abnormally large horn lengths is driven by a significant demand in the trophy hunting market.
•    Highly controversial practices such as artificial insemination, cloning, genetic manipulation and any procedure that produces artificial colour variants.
•    The inclusion of any further colour variants in trophy hunting record books.
•    Any form of ‘catalogue marketing’ of individual wild animals or groups of wild animals for hunting purposes.
•    PHASA respects the concept of private ownership and the free market system, but urges breeders to approach such practices with the highest level of due consideration for South Africa’s biodiversity.
•    PHASA acknowledges that the impact of such breeding practices presents a low risk to South Africa’s wild biodiversity, but believes that potential risks need to be monitored and, if necessary, managed in a responsible manner and in consultation with fellow industry stakeholders.
•    PHASA is committed to continued constructive dialogue with all industry stakeholders, in respect of the matters contained in this position paper. As such, this position may be amended from time to time following such discussions.
Extract – complete position paper available from the PHASA office or website.

PHASA position on rhino vita-darting
•    PHASA supports vita-darting as an activity, provided that it takes place within the confines of the laws of the land.

PHASA position on rhino product sales
•    In principle, PHASA supports trade in rhino products, provided that it takes place in terms of properly regulated structures and systems to be adopted and implemented in the future.