Monday, March 7, 2011

African Lion Petition

. Monday, March 7, 2011

If you've read my Pride & Passion shifter-lion series, you know about my love for lions. On March 1, 2011, Humane Society International and many others petitioned to have the African lion listed as endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act.
There are fewer than 40,000 African lions in the wild. Over the past 30 years, their population has dropped by approximately half (at least 48.5%). The survivors have lost most of their homelands; African lions occupy less than one quarter of their historic range.

The steady decline of the African lion has been ignored. No nation or agency has addressed the primary threats—retaliatory killings resulting from human-lion conflict, habitat and prey loss, disease, and unsustainable international trade in lions and lion parts.

America is the largest consumer of lions.

If the African lion is listed as endangered under the ESA, the largest importer of African lion parts will become the species' protector. The U.S. has played an enormous role in the disappearance of the African lion: As African lion populations and range have declined, the number of sport-hunted lion trophies imported to the U.S. has increased dramatically.
What ESA protection can do 
Listing the African lion as endangered under the ESA will
  • Prohibit the import into the U.S. of African lions and their parts, unless for conservation purposes,
  • Be an essential step in reversing the current decline of the African lion, and
  • Heighten awareness of the importance of African lion conservation among foreign governments, conservation organizations, and the general public.
What you can do
African lions need all the help they can get if they are to survive. Support the petition to give African lions ESA protection.

To learn more about the status of lions in the wild:
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Jocelyn Modo


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