One of Credence’s core values is honesty, as we consider it integral to both intellectual and ethical progress. It is in light of this value that we, like many other organisations in the animal advocacy and effective altruism space, have decided to publicly acknowledge some of our most notable mistakes.
On June 24, we published a blog post titled “Eating Our Wildlife” which criticised Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Thoko Didiza’s proposal to amend the Meat Safety Act. Our article wrongly stated that the proposed amendment to the Meat Safety Act would "sanction the commercialisation of bushmeat." The Meat Safety Act only regulates how animals are slaughtered; it does not have a say on which animals it is legal to kill. We regret publishing incorrect information and have implemented stricter fact-checking procedures into our editorial process since.
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