The African lion’s revered status as the king of animals has made it a target for trophy hunters, and an innocent victim of the cruel wildlife trade.
The latest lion population surveys show a troubling trend:
- The number of lions has declined by more than 50% in the past three decades;
- A century ago there may have been as many as 200,000 wild lions in Africa; now only about 35,000 remain;
- Their natural range has been reduced by more than 80%.
Add in the loss of critical habitat and prey species, along with disease and other human and natural causes, and you can see why we must act now to save African lions.
Lions are the only great cat not protected under the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA). A listing under the ESA would put strict controls on the import of lion “trophies” by Americans, and would ban the commercial trade of lion parts in the U.S.
Since over 60% of sport-hunted lion trophies are imported back to the U.S., an ESA listing would significantly curb this trophy trade.
On March 1, 2011, IFAW and a coalition of other wildlife organizations filed a petition to get lions listed under the ESA. OnNovember 26, 2012, the U.S. government issued a favorable finding that a listing may be warranted, but before making a final decision, they’ve allowed for a 60 day public comment period.They want to hear from you.
Please submit your comments in favor of an ESA listing for the lion today.
Trust me, the lion trophy hunters will loudly protest this listing and organize as many people as they can to speak out against lion protection.
It’s critical that we organize as many Americans as possible to stand up for lions and urge our government to protect them.
The International Union for the Conservation Nature (IUCN) has warned that the Earth’s species are going extinct at a frightening pace — 1,000 times faster than the natural rate. Too often a species is too far down the road to extinction before action is taken to save them.
We CAN save the African lion, but we must act now, while we can still make a difference.
This is your chance to help put the African lion back on the road to recovery. Please submit your comment now.
Director, IFAW Washington DC
p.s. We need as many comments as possible to help put the African lion on the U.S. Endangered Species List. Please submit your comment today, and then please pass on my e-mail to all your contacts.