Stop the Sale of African Lion Meat
  • Petitioned Czimer's Game & Seafood

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Czimer's Game & Seafood - Homer Glen, IL
Czimer's Game & Seafood

Stop the Sale of African Lion Meat

    1. Keon Robertson
    2. Petition by

      Keon Robertson

      Austin, TX

The African lion population is decreasing and it's not just occurring in Africa. In the U.S., lions are being killed so consumers can eat a lion steak or lion burger. We must ensure this beautiful species' survival by sending a clear message to those who sell lion meat that this practice is unacceptable and must be stopped immediately. Your support of this petition is urgently needed and very much appreciated. Let's do our part to ensure that the African lion is around for future generations. Please say no to lion meat, lion parts, trophy hunting, and any another activities that needlessly decimate the lion population.

The African lion - one of Africa's most iconic animals - has experienced an alarming population decrease since the 1950's. Today there are only 18,000 - 20,000 lions remaining in Africa and the actual number may be much lower.

The sale of this endangered animals's meat is highly irresponsible and must stop. 

African Lion Facts: 

The lion has vanished from over 80% of its historic range.

The lion is now extinct in 26 countries and can be found in only 7 countries.

Lions are currently listed as “Vulnerable” on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species; and in West and Central Africa, the species is now classified as “Endangered.”

To view a map of the lion's current range versus historic range, see http://www.panthera.org/species/lion/

Source: Panthera

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 6,000 signatures
    2. Lion Meat Bill Awaiting Full House Passage in Illinois

      Keon Robertson
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you to everyone who has signed. The legislation is awaiting full house passage. Here's an update from my blog: http://wildfolio.blogspot.com. Please send the Petition link to friends so we can keep this in the news to raise awareness. The passage of this bill may contribute towards the consideration of the US FWS to add the lion to the endangered list.

      wildfolio

      A few months ago, I started a petition on Change.org against the sale of African lion meat in U.S. exotic meat shops. The petition has only received a decent amount of signatures (about 4,400 as of last count) but it's a start.

    3. Meat Shop Owner Says Meat Ban is Publicity Ploy

      Keon Robertson
      Petition Organizer

      Apparently the petition and a newly introduced bill has ruffled the feathers of the owner of the shop that sells African lion meat. http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20130312/chicago-citywide/lion-meat-ban-is-publicity-ploy-says-former-vendor

    4. Reached 4,000 signatures
    5. More Info on Czimer's Prior Conviction

      Keon Robertson
      Petition Organizer

      Case Updates

      Czimer entered his plea before Judge Blanche Manning at the U.S. District Court in Chicago. Czimer admitted that between August 1997 and October 31, 1998, he also purchased the carcasses of 16 federally protected tigers, four lions, two mountain lions and one liger - a tiger-lion hybrid.

      The animals were then skinned, butchered and sold as "lion meat" at Czimer's Meat and Seafood, realizing a profit of more than $38,000. Czimer said he purchased the carcasses from co-defendants William Kapp of Tinley Park, Illinois, Steven Galecki of Crete, Illinois, and Kevin Ramsey formerly of Oak Forest, Illinois, and now living in Wisconsin
      Source: Environment News Service - March 4, 2003

      Read more: Selling illegal, uninspected tiger, leopard meat - Homer Glen, IL | Pet-Abuse.Com Animal Cruelty Database http://www.pet-abuse.com/cases/10540/IL/US/#UPDATES#ixzz25QvxZVkc

    6. Czimers Convicted Before of Killing Exotic Big Cats

      Keon Robertson
      Petition Organizer

      Selling illegal, uninspected tiger, leopard meat
      Homer Glen, IL (US)

      Incident Date: Tuesday, Dec 31, 2002
      County: Will

      Disposition: Convicted

      Defendants/Suspects:
      » Richard Czimer, Jr
      » William Kapp
      » Steve Galecki
      » Kevin Ramsey

      Case Updates: 2 update(s) available

      On December 18, 2003, Richard Czimer, Jr., owner of the wholesale exotic meat business known as Czimer's Game and Sea Foods, Inc., in Lockport, IL, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Blanche Manning, Northern District of Illinois for his role in the wildlife trafficking case that involved the killing and selling of exotic cats, including endangered tigers and leopards. Czimer, along with his business, had previously pled guilty to felony Lacey Act counts for purchasing meat of endangered species and later selling the uninspected meat to the public for human consumption. The investigation known as Operation Snow Plow was led by Resident Agent in Charge (RAC) Timothy Santel.

    7. Reached 750 signatures
    8. The Lion Supporters Are Increasing!

      Keon Robertson
      Petition Organizer

      We're up to 381 supporters - people who care about the lion and it's survival enough to sign this petition. If you know anyone who works in the media where's it online or print or TV, please pass this on to them. If we can get enough signatures (and I believe we can), we can shut these guys down which will mean a victory for the African lion. This company is creating a demand by selling it as an exotic meat. Let's show them that the public not only has NO interest in eating lions, but in fact want to protect them. If you read the information on the prior conviction, these people were involved in buying LIVE big cats and killing them (in their cages) and then selling the meat and hides. This is absolutely unacceptable. Please ... help me speak out against them and shut them down once and for all. Thank you.

    9. LET'S MAKE AN IMPACT

      Keon Robertson
      Petition Organizer

      THANK YOU to everyone who has signed the petition. We're up to 359 signatures and counting. PLEASE forward this to friends, colleagues, family ... anyone who values wildlife and its conservation. THANK YOU.

    10. Reached 250 signatures
    11. Reached 5 signatures

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    • fatima znibi CASABLANCA, MOROCCO
      • 7 months ago

      إرحم من في الأرض يرحمك من في السماء.

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    • jenifa muthama NAIROBI, KENYA
      • 7 months ago

      We must ensure this beautiful species' survival by sending a clear message to those who sell lion meat that this practice is unacceptable and must be stopped immediately.

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    • Alex Poppleton WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND
      • 7 months ago

      Lion's are gracious creatures that don't deserve to be slaughtered for the enjoyment of people.

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    • Stan Calin ARAD, ROMANIA
      • 7 months ago

      Lions are important to me

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    • Rita Aguglia Ferraro LUGANO, SWITZERLAND
      • 7 months ago

      Perché questa é VITA. Quella del mondo animale é armonia, amore e rispetto assoluto. Se non ci fossero le armi l'uomo non ucciderebbe così tanto. Ma come fanno a uccidere sempre per mangiare carne ?! Sapete che l'uomo mangia di tutto, quindi non é di questo pianete. Non ha rispetto per niente e nessuno. CHE DIO SALVI GLI ANIMALI e allontani l'uomo.

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