The Custodians of Professional Hunting & Conservation in South Africa is a brand new conservation group dedicated to preserving and upholding ethical hunting and conservation in South Africa.
Though the Professional Hunters' Association of South Africa took steps to distance itself from the practice of shooting captive-bred lions in 2015, PHASA amended its constitution in 2017 and reversed the group's position regarding captive-bred lions. Other major hunting and conservation organizations, like the Boone & Crockett Club, the Wild Sheep Foundation, the Namibia Professional Hunting Association and Sports Afield, strongly criticized PHASA for the decision. Additionally, a number of PHASA members were so disappointed by the decision to once again permit the shooting of captive-bred lions, they left the group and started their own organization: The Custodians of Professional Hunting & Conservation in South Africa (CPHC SA).
The mission statement of CPHC SA is as follows:
- Promote ethical and responsible hunting.
- Demonstrate and enhance conservation and ecologically sustainable development through the responsible use of natural resources in order to ensure that South Africa's biodiversity and conservation heritage is protected for the benefit of present and future generations.
- Enhance and promote the contribution of professional hunting to the livelihood and socio-economic development of all South Africans.
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