Add African Lions to the Federal Endangered Species List
I strongly believe that unless we recognize this as an emergency and take action now, we will witness the extinction of wild lions—these iconic predators that once ruled from the southern tip of Africa all the way to northwestern India—by 2020.
The lion population in Africa has been reduced by half since the early 1950s. Today, fewer than 21,000 remain in all of Africa.
The United States is by far the world’s largest importer of both commercially traded African lion parts and lion trophies. This trend is only increasing. Allowing African lions to be raised, slaughtered, and sold for meat compounds this problem by increasing the market for lions and forces these lions into a life of suffering.
Lion cubs are raised for public-display purposes and adults from these breeders often end their lives in slaughterhouses. With lions in the wild rapidly disappearing, it's appaling that this remains legal. Lions have disappeared from over 80% of their historic range, and their population declined by nearly 50% from 1980 to 2002.
Right now, lions are being raised on "exotic game farms" for sale to restaurants, or virtually anyone else with a taste for lion. Because African lions are not yet federally protected, there is nothing to stop this gruesome practice.
We respectfully ask that you place the African Lion on the
Federal Endangered Species list