er some circumstances in 18 African countries, the Humane Society said. Botswana recently outlawed the practice. The southern African country is home to wildlife filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert, who have studied lions for 30 years and who recently were featured on “60 Minutes.”
The government’s move doesn’t mean the Fish and Wildlife Service believes lions should be listed. It merely triggers a status review that will be based on the best available scientific and commercial information, the agency said. The agency will accept comments on its review over the next 90 days. A decision isn’t expected until 2014.
The petition was first filed by the International Fund for Animal Welfare, the Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society International, Born Free Foundation/Born Free USA, Defenders of Wildlife and the Fund for Animals.