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.

Attend the AGM and be part of the decision-making process!

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 Hunting of captive bred lions:

This position paper replaces any previous versions.

Official resolution adopted at the 2017 PHASA AGM:
PHASA accepts the responsible hunting of ranched lions on SAPA accredited hunting ranches within the relevant legal framework and / or according to recommendations of the applicable hunting association, such as SCI’s fair chase standards.

-    This resolution replaces the 2015 resolution
-    The 2016 resolution remains in place, where PHASA, SAPA and likeminded people continue to engage in open discussion through the Lion Task Team.

Professional Hunters’ Association of South Africa

Responsible hunting
Conducted within the parameters of applicable legislation and,
Conducted in a manner which protects and promotes the sustainable utilisation of wildlife

Ranched lions
Lions that are managed for sustainable utilisation purposes

South African Predators Association

Accredited hunting ranches
Hunting ranches which comply within the official accreditation process in accordance with SAPA Norms and Standards and in possession of a valid accreditation hunting ranch certificate.

Legal framework
National and provincial legislation
Hunting association
A PHASA recognised hunting association to which the client belongs, either foreign or domestic.

In accordance with PHASA’s 2017 lion survey, the majority of members indicated a preferred minimum release period of 30 days.  This is recommended as the PHASA’s minimum standard.

A longer release period may be adhered to where a client so requires such, as when desirous of hunting in accordance with his / her own hunting associations standards.

Any member who contravenes this resolution may face disciplinary procedures according to the PHASA Constitution.

PHASA position on rhino vita-darting
•   A ‘green’ rhino hunt may only be done by a veterinary and a PH and his client can only be an observer. This rule was imposed by the Veterinary Council of South Africa.
Vita-darting is allowed, but the animal may not be immobilized by the hunting client.  TOPS regulations apply.

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.