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Save the African Lions

Posted: 18 January 2013. Updated: 23 January 2013

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January 28 is the deadline for public comments that the U.S. Government has set for support of increased protection for African lions under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued a preliminary finding that an endangered species listing may be warranted for the African lion. You can submit to the public comment for the status review by the end of Monday, January 28, 2013.

The wild lion population has crashed. A listing under the ESA would control the import of lion trophies by Americans, and would ban the commercial trade of lion parts in the U.S. – the world’s largest importer of lion trophies and African lion parts.

The number of lions has declined by more than 50% in the last three decades. It is estimated that only 32,000 wild lions remain in Africa, having crashed from 76,000 in 1980. Their natural range has been reduced by 75%.

We need to mobilize people to put in their comments this week!

Click here to review all the documents related to this proposed new rule.

Click here to submit your comments now.

The best option is to put your comments into the ‘Comment Now’ box. Or, you can attach your comments as a separate Word document.

Or write to: Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS-R9-ES-2012-0025, Division of Policy and Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, MS 2042PDM, Arlington, VA 22203.

Points to make

  • I urge you to list the majestic African lion species as “endangered” under the Endangered Species Act. Action must be taken now to save this iconic animal, and the United States has an opportunity to do just that.
  • It is disturbing that our country is the world’s largest importer of lions and lion parts, and has therefore contributed to the serious crash in wild lion populations in Africa. It is therefore up to us to take responsibility for ensuring that these animals are not lost to the world forever. The African lion has disappeared from over 80% of its range, and populations have declined by almost half between 1980 and 2002. Apart from habitat loss and other threats to their existence, there is no doubt that the involvement of the United States in unsustainable trophy hunting and commercial trade in lion parts brings shame on our nation.
  • Yet when asked, the majority of U.S. citizens want the African lion protected. A recent poll conducted by Synovate eNation found that 89.8 percent of Americans are supportive of the U.S. government taking action to prevent trophy hunting of African lions endangered with extinction.
  • Additionally, 83.4 percent believe the U.S. government should be supportive of international efforts to end the commercial trade of lion products.

Thank you for your immediate action to help save the African lions!

Jan Creamer
President

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