n South African Journal on Human Rights - What was left unsaid : the unconstitutionality of the Performing Animals Protection Act in

Volume 30, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0258-7203



It is rare for cases concerning animal welfare legislation to reach the Constitutional Court. The case of is therefore notable in that the constitutionality of sections of the Performing Animals Protection Act 24 of 1935 (PAPA) was placed under scrutiny. Even more importantly, two sections of the Act, which could be regarded as its heart and soul were declared unconstitutional. The Constitutional Court has effectively now placed the government on terms to require a revision of, at least, this piece of legislation.

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