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South Africa’s move to allow farming of lions and other wildlife is a bad idea, scientists say

South Africa’s move to allow farming of wildlife

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[29 January, Linda Nordling, Science Mag]

South Africa’s government have decided to include more than 30 wild species on a list of animals that can be enhanced through breeding and genetic research, however scientists are reporting that this could cause damage to their genetic diversity. Zoologist Graham Kerley states that it provides ‘’a legal mechanism to domesticate wildlife’’. Animals now included on the list are rhinos, lions and cheetahs and it is expected that selective breeding could have severe genetic consequences for the animals.

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