rophies and would give the conservation effort more credibility in the international community. It also could help African nations pay for conservation work, research and management programs.
“Today’s decision is an important first step as we work to protect the African lion — a species confronted with mounting threats and a steep population decline,” said Jeff Flocken, the Washington director of the International Fund for Animal Welfare, an advocacy group. “The Endangered Species Act is the most powerful law we have to safeguard the African lion against the unnecessary threat of U.S. trophy hunters.”
The Humane Society of the United States estimates that African lions have declined by more than 50 percent in the past three decades. Fewer than 35,000 may remain today in 27 African countries. But the populations are too small and isolated from one another to be viable, animal advocates say.
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