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South Africa To Ban the Breeding and Hunting of Lions in Captivity

The South African government is set to legislate a policy against breeding and hunting lions in captivity in order to halt the sale and domestication of lions.

The South African government has reportedly announced that it is in the process of officially banning the breeding and hunting of lions in captivity. This comes after findings from a task team that reviewed the management of the hunting trade that includes lions, elephants, rhinos and cheetahs. The ban, however, is not aimed at ending trophy hunting but rather seeks to halt tourists' interaction with captive lions.

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Barbra Creecy, Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, said the task team recommended that activities such as the petting of lion cubs, captive hunting and the personal use of lions should be immediately halted. The decision has been met with conflicting responses, while animal activists are rejoicing. South Africa stands to lose out on millions from the controversial captive breeding industry.

According to IOL, Creecy further explained that the purpose of the ban was to protect South Africa's tourism industry, which was currently battling negative perceptions.

"The intention here is to ensure that those who are interested in... authentic wildlife hunting will have such an experience and "will not be hunting animals that have been taken out of the cage..."

Lions bred in captivity reportedly experience a lot of distress as they are out of their natural habitat, and sometimes live in deplorable conditions. Wildlife groups estimate that there are 8000 to 12 000 lions in 350 farms, in contrast to 3500 in the wild. The global animal charity World Animal Protection describes the government's decision as "courageous". The ban is yet to be formulated into legislation.


Sarkodie Is Not Feeling Any Pressure

The elite Ghanaian rapper affirms his king status with this seventh studio album, No Pressure.

Sarkodie is one of the most successful African rappers of all time. With over ten years of industry presence under his belt, there's no question about his prowess or skin in the game. Not only is he a pioneer of African hip-hop, he's also the most decorated African rapper, having received over 100 awards from close to 200 nominations over the span of his career.

What else does Sarkodie have to prove? For someone who has reached and stayed at the pinnacle of hip-hop for more than a decade, he's done it all. But despite that, he's still embracing new growth. One can tell just by listening to his latest album, No Pressure, Sarkodie's seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2019's Black Love which brought us some of the Ghanaian star's best music so far. King Sark may be as big as it gets, but the scope of his music is still evolving.

Sonically, No Pressure is predominantly hip-hop, with the first ten tracks offering different blends of rap topped off with a handful of afrobeats and, finally, being crowned at the end with a gospel hip-hop cut featuring Ghanaian singer MOG. As far as the features go, Sark is known for collaborating mostly with his African peers but this time around he branches out further to feature a number of guests from around the world. Wale, Vic Mensa, and Giggs, the crème de la crème of rap in America and the UK respectively all make appearances, as well as Nigeria's Oxlade, South Africa's Cassper Nyovest, and his fellow Ghanaian artists Darkovibes and Kwesi Arthur.

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