MISSION STATEMENT :-
The objective of the AIA TRUST shall be to promote the
welfare of animals, to strengthen the human-animal bond, to preserve
genetic diversity, to ensure that the use of renewable resources
is sustainable and to safeguard the rights and interests of responsible
animal owners and professionals through research, public education
and the development of sound public policy.
The AIA was formed in 2006 by a group of concerned citizens
and passionate animal keepers in response to a radical draft policy
published by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife ( EKZNW) and put out for short
notice public comment without stakeholder input. The draft policy
has caused widespread alarm and concern because if it is adopted
it would severely limit the keeping of any wild animal by anyone
other than a registered zoo, rehabilitation centre or sanctuary.
A wild animal includes any animal either indigenous or exotic
that is not a domestic animal and includes reptiles and birds.
If the Policy is passed it will be adopted by other provinces
and therefore affect anyone in South Africa who keeps wild animals.
An African Grey parrot is considered a wild animal as much as
a duiker, snake, lizard or marmoset. Primates are targeted in
a separate draft policy and no one will be allowed to keep, breed
and sell them. All existing animals will be phased out.
The AIA have been advised by their specialist environmental law
attorney that the process which EKZNW have followed to arrive
at this draft policy is legally flawed and they have challenged
EKZNW to go back to the drawing board and invite all stakeholders
to take part in drawing up a new draft policy. While EKZNW have
after much pressure invited further comments and stakeholder input,
it is quite clear that they don’t intend to back down and
they have provided no guarantee that they will act on any of the
objections to date.
As it stands the draft policy has already started to impact and
cause harm to various industries such as the film industry which
stands to lose multi million rand foreign contacts. The adoption
of the policy would crash the entire pet industry and suppliers
to this industry along with their direct and indirect dependants.
The AIA have on numerous occasions attempted to negotiate with
EKZNW but have now instructed their attorney to bring about court
action and halt the process because all avenues of negotiation
between the AIA and EKZNW have finally been exhausted.
The final non court activity was to inform the other affected
government entities of the intended court action as they have
a legal interest in the outcome. The office of the Premier of
KZN and the MEC both responded to this correspondence and the
AIA attorney is currently in contact with them.
Nevertheless, nothing may come of this and the AIA will probably
have a huge legal battle on its hands. We are appealing to anyone
and everyone who owns animals and who supports the cause of the
AIA to become a member. It is all too easy to sit back and hope
that something gets done to stop this draft from being adopted
but without your support this may well be impossible. Each membership
will contribute towards the AIA legal fees and enable us to continue
to fight for our rights. Membership will not be afforded to any
rightist group, association, institution or person who is not
in favour of animals being kept in captivity.
The Animal Interest Alliance is currently registering as a TRUST
and both the long and short term aims and objectives will be outlined
in the next issue of Avizandum. Please encourage your friends,
bird and reptile club members and any other people who you feel
are passionate about keeping animals to be proactive and join
the AIA. If this draft becomes legislation then it will be too
late and there will be many regrets.
For your membership application form or more information email
Or contact the AIA Trust spokesperson William Horsfield as per
details on the back page AMAZONA advert. (email@example.com)
Or AIA Trust committee members:
Jim Stockley of Stockley Trained Animal Consultants cc
P.O Box 36, Umlaas Road 3730
KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
tel/fax 031 7851411
mobile: 082 449 1130
Dr Angelo Lambiris
22 Ashley Road, West Riding, Hillcrest 3610.
Phone / Fax 031 7656466
Cell 082 923 9382
The Animal Interest Alliance Trust is inviting membership at
the following annual rates.
PLATINUM SPONSOR R5000 & more
(this category will entitle the member logo to be displayed on
the AIA Trust Website along with other advertising perks)
Banking details for the AIA are as follows:-
|For electronic deposits
||For cheque & cash deposits
| Ridl & Co Attorneys
|| Absa Bank
| Investec Bank
|| Gandhi Square
| Branch code: 580105
|| Branch code: 632005
| Account no.: 50001513414
|| Account no.: 01340550303
| Ref AIA + depositor name
|| Ref: 50001513414 AIA + Depositor name