Target: Dan Ashe, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Goal: Protect leopards from trophy hunting by classifying them as endangered to make the import of their body parts illegal.
Legislation is urgently needed to curb the significant import of leopard parts killed by American hunters into the United States. Conservationists are calling for all leopards to be classified as endangered, in order to stop hunters from bringing home their parts as “trophies” from hunting trips to Africa. Data shows that U.S. trophy hunters imported the parts of 5,575 killed leopards over just one decade. These parts include the skulls, paws or skins of animals murdered for the hunters’ personal enjoyment.
The populations of wild leopards across Africa and Asia have “declined substantially,” according to experts, and the species’ survival is being risked by “Americans engaging in unsustainable trophy hunting and international trade of African leopards.” The U.S. government must urgently step up and do its part to conserve this magnificent and important species.
Sign this petition asking for all leopards to be classified as endangered, in order to protect them from extinction and save them from being needlessly murdered by trophy hunters.
Dear Mr. Ashe,
Leopards are under conservation threat, chiefly because of American hunters killing them and bringing home their parts as “trophies.” This practice must urgently be made illegal, by classifying all leopards as endangered. Indeed, U.S. hunters imported the parts of 5,575 leopards between 2005 and 2014 and their numbers are declining substantially.
In fact, experts note that American trophy hunters play a huge part in threatening the species’ survival. The U.S. must urgently protect leopards in order to save them from extinction and curb the cruel and unsustainable practice of hunting them for sport. Please classify all leopards as endangered in order to curtail the threat to their survival.
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