Petition to List the African Lion as Endangered

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PETITION TO LIST THE AFRICAN LION AS ENDANGERED
- Document Contents : BEFORE THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR PETITION TO LIST THE AFRICAN LION (Panthera leo leo) AS ENDANGERED PURSUANT TO THE U.S. ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT...

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Posted:
11/27/2012

ID:
FWS-R9-ES-2012-0025-0002
Agency:
FWS
RIN:
Not Assigned
Docket ID:
FWS-R9-ES-2012-0025
The latest estimates are that fewer than 35,000 lions now exist in the wild in Africa, about a 50 percent drop in just a quarter-century. Shrinking habitat (one-fifth of what it once was), loss of prey and retaliatory killings by humans have decimated the population. But one of the biggest challenges to the species' survival may come from the United States, the world's largest importer of lion trophies and lion parts. (Learn more about lions' plight here.)

That is why listing the African lion as "endangered" is so crucial. I implore you to help make that happen, and thank you in advance for your support.

For the lions,

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African Lions are not just beautiful animals and traditional global symbols of power, elegance and success - they are an integral part of many fragile ecosystems across Africa. In our modern age, there is NO need to continue allowing Trophy Hunting, which is by no means a "sport", but a barbaric and cruel - but stoppable - act, pushing Lions towards extinction (Lions are already extinct in 26 of the 54 African states which had a population at some point)... AMERICANS happen to make up over 60% of these unnecessary trophy hunts which slaughter disproportionately healthy male lions - causing a devastating impact not only on lion populations, but overall genetic/species development. Protect these great animals before it's too late.
We need the big cats!
Lions are a great symbol of the Chain of Life.
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated... I hold that, the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of human kind.”
Gandhi

“We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.”
Immanuel Kant

“You are responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.”
Antoine de Saint-Exupery