How should the treatment of animals be governed in Southern Africa?
On the one hand there is legislation, which provides a broad set of policies and rules for the treatment of animals; perhaps too broad, since current legislation bundles all animals together. This may not be appropriate, since the public, rightly or wrongly, thinks of animals in categories: pets, service animals, wild animals, and food animals. Until these perceptions change, it may be more useful in the short-to-medium term to develop and enact specific legislation for each category. the variables for each category differ anyway, so it seems more practical to have separare legislation.
Then there are the organisations and individuals operating in the animal sector. Should there be umbrella bodies governing each of these? And how should the rules by which they are governed be established. Who should do this?