Nica Richards
Deputy online news editor
6 minute read
3 Jun 2020
10:18 am

Fancy a slice of elephant or rhino meat?

Nica Richards

After realising that the proposed update to the Meat Safety Act, which adds exotic and endangered species to the list of consumable meat, was not being interpreted correctly, the department released a statement to clarify some misconceptions. 

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Many South Africans that stumbled across the department of agriculture, land reform and rural development’s (DALRRD) proposed update for the country’s Meat Safety Act may have been confused and concerned to find rhinoceros, giraffe, elephant and emu on the list of meats that can be consumed. The proposal, published on 28 February to amend Schedule 1 of the Meat Safety Act of 2000, significantly expanded its list of animal species, some of which are endangered and exotic. But this does not mean that unsuspecting meat eaters could find critically endangered rhinoceros steak on their plates. Clearing the air Professor Arno Hugo...