Target: Daniel Ashe, Director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service
Goal: List the African lion as an endangered species in the United States.
Despite the likelihood that lions will be extinct by the year 2050, the U.S. government is still refusing to list them as an endangered species. If this action is not taken, it is almost certain that this beautiful animal will become extinct sooner than later.
There are only twenty thousand lions currently roaming the African plains. Yet, at one time there were over 200,000 lions living in Africa. Because of things such as having less prey available to eat, losing their habitat, hunting and other human interactions, lions are one by one dying off.
However, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seems to take such facts for granted. In fact, in 2012 it insisted that putting lions on the endangered species list would reduce funding for conservation purposes, and do nothing to stop the amount of lion trophies that were being brought into other nations. They even went as far as to argue that if funds derived from lion hunting were lost, conservation efforts would be hurt.
Sign this petition and tell the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that this type of faulty and corrupt thinking is what will ultimately drive the African lion to extinction. If these lions are going to be here tomorrow, we have to do everything we can to protect them today, including placing them on the U.S. endangered species list.
Dear Director Ashe,
Lions are likely to become extinct by the year 2050 if nothing is done to try and prevent this from happening. Since their numbers are currently so few, it is imperative that they be listed as an endangered species under the United States Endangered Species Act of 1973.
While there were once 200,000 lions that lived in Africa, there are now only around twenty thousand still in existence. Besides having to deal with human encroachment and having less prey available to eat, lions are fiercely hunted by tourists who visit the country for the purpose of bringing home what are deemed as prized trophies.
Although it is being proposed that lions be listed as a threatened species, and that stricter permit requirements be set in place for hunters who ship their kills back to the United States, this animal still needs more protection. In 2012 it was reasoned that listing lions as endangered would make it so conservation funding would be lost, and, in turn, hurt the growth of this species’ populations even further.
It was also claimed that listing these animals as endangered would not make it so less lions were taken home as trophies by other nations. Yet, keeping lions off of the endangered species list and continuing to allow U.S. citizens to hunt them does not help the problem, either. Instead, doing so only exacerbates it.
Such backwards and illogical thinking should not be continued if these lions are to be saved. Killing more lions to help save them is not the answer. Listing lions as an endangered species, which would make it illegal for U.S. citizens to kill them, makes much more sense. For all of these reasons, I urge you to place the African lion on the U.S. endangered species list, so that their populations will once again have a chance to rise. If we refuse to change their conservation status now, these animals will likely not be around later.
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