Help Save the Last West African Lions

Target: Sally Jewell, United States Secretary of the Interior

Goal: Urge the United States to declare West African lions critically endangered

Three of the four remaining wild West African lion populations could become extinct within five years if drastic action is not taken. Unlike their East African cousins, these lions have rarely been the subject of research and conservation efforts, in part because tourism in the region is minimal and nations there struggle to pay for park rangers and other safeguards.

A study published in the journal PLOS ONE details an intensive study of the creatures and their decline in West Africa. It is estimated that less than 250 adult lions remain in the region. Loss of habitat and prey have taken their toll, and too often the lions themselves become the hunted. According to the Humane Society, the United States is the leading importer of lions and lion parts. Americans’ hunger for skulls, skins, and other exotic trophies is literally driving the lions to extinction.

New evidence suggests that the lions that remain in West Africa are genetically unique compared to others on the continent. These last few West African lions must be protected, and the United States is in a unique position to help. Listing the animals as endangered would in general make the import of lions and lion parts illegal, and create momentum for international conservation efforts. Urge the United States to declare West African lions endangered, before it is too late.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Sally Jewell, United States Secretary of the Interior,

Nearly two years ago, wildlife conservation groups petitioned the Department of the Interior to declare African lions endangered. In those two years, wild populations have continued to plummet. And yet the United States accounts for more than half the world’s commercial importation of lions. Between 1998-2008 more than 3,600 African lions were brought to the U.S. to be hunted for sport.

While lions throughout Africa are threatened, West African lions stand at the brink of extinction. New research shows these lions to be genetically distinct from those elsewhere on the continent, and yet their conservation has received far less attention. It is estimated that perhaps just 250 of their adults remain in the wild. Protecting these creatures under the Endangered Species Act would make most of this importation illegal, and as such a prominent importer, the U.S. is in a unique position to help save those few wild West African lions that remain.

I urge you to list the West African lion as a critically endangered subspecies, as suggested by Phillip Henschel, co-author of an intensive six year study on the animals. According to Henschel, these lions have “faced a silent demise in West Africa over the past decades.” Please, don’t let these incredible creatures disappear from the world forever.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Lip Kee via Flickr

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4 Comments

  1. DEMAND ALL INITIATORS ACTING IRRESPONSIBLY TO PAY REDEMPTION TO FUTUREGENERATIONS !

  2. Jane Morrow says:

    I don’t understand why Americans would want lion parts in the first place. Hunters are low lifes.

  3. Its shocking that the numbers of these have been allowed to drop so low.

  4. THESE BARBARIC SCENERIES ARE MONSTERSWORK, NOT HUMANDEGRADING, ABSOLUTELY WRONG & UNACCEPTABLE AND TO BAN IN THE MOMENT! THIS HAS TO STOP IMMEDIATELY!!!!!!

    Pure infantile primitivism – what kind of unhumane monsters are able to handle and destroy LIVING BREATHING CREATURES in that way is unbelievable.

    “While we ourselves are the living graves of murdered beasts, how can we expect any ideal positions on this earth?”
    George Bernhard Shaw

    HAVE YOU ALL LOST YOUR HUMANITY AND BRAIN, FERAL PERSONS RESPONSIBLE??

    People need to vote unacting authorities and officials acting irresponsibly to futuregenerations and living creatures out of occupations ONCE AND FOR ALL!

    DEFORMED UNHUMANE MONSTERS SHOULD SEPARATED AND LOCKED AWAY FROM CIVILIZED CITIZENS FOR DON´T DISTURB THEIR FEELINGS IN A NONHUMANE WAY!

    MONSTERHUNTERS NEEDED

    IT IS TIME N O W TO DEMAND ALL BRUTALIZERS and KILLERS ONTO A LIST TO CONDEMN THEM TO EXTRACHARGE FOR NGO´S working for FUTUREGENERATIONS!

    HOW CAN HUMANS ARE AS MONSTEROUS AS YOU, PERSONS RESPONSIBLE, LET A LIVING CREATURE IN THIS SITUATION – HOPE YOU EARN THE RESULT AS YOU DESERVES!

    THESE KILLING- AND DESTROYING-HABITS ARE TO STOP – UNBEARABLY FOR CIVILIZED BRAINHAVING SOCIETIES AND NOT EXEMPLARY FOR CHILDREN.

    DEMAND ALL INITIATORS ACTING IRRESPONSIBLY TO PAY REDEMPTION TO FUTUREGENERATIONS !

    ENDLESS GREED FROM ECONOMY & HELPING AUTHORITHIES HAS TO STOP ALL KINDS OF DESTRUCTION TO THE ENVIRONMENT & LIVING CREATURES BY APPLY STRONGEST JUSTICE TO THE RESPONSIBLES.

    DEMAND ALL INITIATORS ACTING IRRESPONSIBLY TO PAY REDEMPTION TO FUTUREGENERATIONS !
    WE ARE NOT WILLING TO CARRY THE WEIGHT OF WORST CONDITIONS LEFT TO FUTUREGENERATIONS WHICH YOU ARE CREATING!

    THESE KILLING- AND DESTROYING-HABITS ARE TO STOP – UNBEARABLY FOR CIVILIZED BRAINHAVING SOCIETIES AND NOT EXEMPLARY FOR CHILDREN.

    DEFORMED MONSTERS SHOULD BE LOCKED AWAY FROM CIVILIZED CITIZENS. THEY DISTURB FEELINGS IN A NONHUMANE WAY!

    People need to vote unacting authorities acting irresponsibly to futuregenerations and living creatures out of occupations once and for all!

    DEMAND ALL INITIATORS ACTING IRRESPONSIBLY TO PAY REDEMPTION TO FUTUREGENERATIONS!

    ENDLESS GREED FROM ECONOMY & HELPING AUTHORITHIES HAS TO STOP ALL KINDS OF DESTRUCTION TO THE ENVIRONMENT & LIVING CREATURES BY APPLY STRONGEST JUSTICE TO THE RESPONSIBLES.

    “It is horrifying that we have to fight our own governments to save the environment.”
    - Ansel Adams, photographer.

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