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Shembe church in faux leopard skin deal

Publish date: 19 November 2013
Issue Number: 337
Diary: Legalbrief Environmental
Category: General

Members of an indigenous Zulu church called Shembe have agreed to wear fake leopard skins, logistics company DHL said last week.

A report in The Citizen notes that DHL and a US-based organisation, Panthera, had agreed to ship the faux leopard skins to SA free of charge, DHL spokesperson Anita Gupta said. Shembe elder and legal adviser Lizwi Ncwane said he had experienced first-hand how receptive his community was to the fake skins. 'Not only do they look and feel like real leopard skins, they also last longer,' he said. 'We're grateful that Panthera has worked with us in finding a solution that interweaves the conservation of leopards with the customs of the Shembe.' Panthera focuses on saving wild cat species worldwide, states the report. Full report in The Citizen