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It’s a jungle out there: SA wildlife pet trade is a ‘total free-for-all’

East Rand towns of Boksburg, Benoni and Springs are hotspots for predator pets, claims NSPCA

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SA’s online wildlife trade is a booming business, with hundreds of animals bought and sold each month. The trade is, however, drawing flak from environmentalists, who say it is a “total free-for-all”.

Images and a video of tigers peering over the wall of a crèche in Boksburg on the East Rand last month have thrown the spotlight on the trade of wildlife in SA.

Wendy Brodie of the Gauteng Friends of Free Wildlife, which rescues indigenous wildlife, said what was happening in SA in terms of the trade of wild animals was shocking...

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