Target: John E. Scanlon, CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) Secretary-General
Goal: Make the exportation and importation of lion parts illegal.
Thousands of lions are killed every year for their parts. The exportation and importation of lion parts for commercial purposes must be outlawed in order to ensure these beautiful creatures do not go extinct.
Because lion populations have decreased by approximately 43 percent in the past 21 years, the governments of Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, Gabon, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Nigeria and Togo plan to ask CITES to grant lions better protections by moving them up from Appendix II to Appendix I. Doing this would outlaw the exporting and importing of lion parts, instead of simply ensuring that the trading of such parts is heavily regulated.
Providing lions with more protections is an important step since lion parts now widely replace tiger parts in traditional eastern medicines. Taking this action would not only likely discourage law abiding citizens from killing lions for this purpose, but it would also help to raise awareness about the struggles that lions face as a result of both legal and illegal hunting practices. This in turn would likely encourage more people to demand that lions be given further protections, which may one day potentially lead to lion hunting being outlawed.
If we want these majestic creatures to be around tomorrow, we have to do what we can to help them today. Urge CITES to move lions up to Appendix I so that they may be provided with better protections.
Dear Secretary-General Scanlon,
Killing lions and selling them for their parts is becoming far too common of a practice. Many more lions will likely be killed for this purpose if the importing and exporting of lion parts for commercial purposes remains legal.
Many governments, including the governments of Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, Gabon, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Nigeria and Togo are requesting that lions be moved up from Appendix II to Appendix I to make such actions illegal. While doing this would not prevent people from hunting lions, it would likely dissuade people from participating in the practice and help to further bring awareness to the plight that lions face every day as a result of being constantly hunted. More awareness of such issues would also likely lead to lions being granted even more protections in the future, and may even lead to lion hunting being banned.
I therefore urge you to give lions stronger protections by moving them up to Appendix I in an effort to save as many of these beautiful creatures as possible. If nothing is done, many more lions may die in vain.
[Your Name Here]
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