“All my Best Friends have four legs.”
Seals, whales, sharks, dolphins, penguins, stingrays.
Cranes, parrots, vultures, canaries, woodpeckers, hawks, falcons, hornbills.
Lions, leopards, buffaloes, elephants, rhinos, cheetahs, jackals, hyenas, foxes, deer.
Tortoises and turtles, lizards, skinks, snakes, crocodiles.
You can see stray dogs and cats roaming the streets and scavenging for food. However, there are organizations helping them through providing sterilization and bringing them to shelters.
You can see starved animals in the Western side and in Northern Cape due to the severe drought. Horse riding is common practice.
The Animal Protection Act of 1962 protects all animals provided that they are in captivity or under the control of humans. Critics therefore push to update the said legislation such that even wild animals not under human control will have some form of protection and rights.
On passing laws sanctioning cruelty to animals (from A -best- to G -worst) according to the World Animal Protection Index:D
Hunting is legal with a licence and permit. Commonly protected animals such as lions, leopards, white rhinos, buffaloes and elephants are allowed to be hunted. Rhino poaching has a growth rate of 9000% between 2007-2014.
Dog fighting is illegal in South Africa. However, violators practice careful measures to avoid being caught.
We have not included the treatment of animals in the meat/fur/leather industries, zoos or circuses, animal testing as it unfortunately still happens in most countries.