Save Africa's Lions from Extinction
  • Petitioned Ken Salazar

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U.S. Secrary of the Interior
Ken Salazar

Save Africa's Lions from Extinction

    1. Sponsored by

      Defenders of Wildlife

In just the last couple of decades, the African lion population fell from more than 75,000 to fewer than 40,000 -- a staggering decline of nearly 50%.

If we don’t take dramatic action right now, Africa’s lions could quickly disappear in the wild.

Lions once roamed throughout most of the African continent, but they have largely disappeared from three quarters of their historic range. Habitat loss, decline in prey and conflicts with humans are taking their toll on these iconic cats.

Despite these threats, African lions are still being hunted as trophies, winding up stuffed and mounted rather than living in the wild. The U.S. is the world's largest importer of African lion products -- and the number of lion trophies imported into this country is increasing.

That's why Defenders of Wildlife and their conservation partners petitioned the U.S. Department of the Interior to list African lions as endangered under the Endangered Species Act.

This listing would provide a critical first step to help save lions by prohibiting U.S. imports of lions and lion parts, increasing conservation funding and helping foreign governments conserve lions.

We need to show broad public support for this vital action -- Interior Secretary Salazar needs to hear from you.

Sign our petition today urging him to list African lions as endangered.

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    Reasons for signing

      • about 3 years ago

      We must protect all animals and especially lions! I can't understand why people hunt beautiful animals for trophy ...

    • Sharon Fuentes PORTLAND, CT
      • about 3 years ago

      Hello please sign petition below to help bring justice for my son and other children.

    • Tamara Sharp STAMFORD, CT
      • about 3 years ago

      I find it appauling that my own government has yet to add lions to the Endagered Species Act!

      Please make this change immediately!

      Thank you.

    • Christina Meeks POWAY, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      Even the large industries such as Disney, National Geographic, & the Big Cats Organization have recognized these creatures are on the brink of extinction. We need to act now before we face the same travesty as the Polar Bear endangerment. They roam the Sahara to the Serengeti, & the plains from Africa, India, & even Eurasia. The prides of large cats are fewer in numbers compared to even five years ago due to the human presence with deforestation, construction, safaris, poachers, & game reserves (like the one in the Kalahari Desert), their litters are smallers & their captivity risk is higher because people will pay for a guarantee to see them up close. If they could, I am sure they would all turn on us in self defense. I would love to see them evolve & turn the tranq guns on their captors & attackers. People wonder why they attack when idiots get too close to the cage? Like it is a shock that they can act that way? How do the zookeepers respond: by euthanization. Yet the savage beast can show love to its savior or kind caretaker through hugs & kisses. They have feelings, give gratitude, & understand if there is something wrong with their treatment. Who says animals aren't like us? Except they have skill in their swing, sharp in their bite, strength in their pull, speed in their movement, & size in their stance. Wild animals are just that: WILD. Leave them be before there are no more.

    • Pamela Cook MOORE, OK
      • over 3 years ago

      Lions are creatures the world should not be without!


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