Save Majestic Lions from Imminent Extinction

Male Lion on Rock

Target: Daniel Ashe, Director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service

Goal: Save lions from becoming extinct within our lifetimes.

Despite the likelihood that lions will be extinct by the year 2050, the U.S. government is still refusing to protect them by listing 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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  1. Anya Bronk says:

    The lion population in Africa is being reduced fast. 50 years ago there were 450,000 lions. Today as little as 20,000 remain. Less than half of that number lives in South Africa. Lion Trophy hunting is at an all time high. The Lion Trophy Hunting industry, including Canned Hunting, is much to blame for this shocking decrease of the African Lion population.

    There’s nothing honourable in killing animals who are bred to be the targets for the rich and spoiled. And there’s nothing honourable about a country who allows this despicable practice!

  2. flavia pellizzari says:

    this is serial killing at its worst.. killing for the pleasure and watching an animal die in agony because many shots are in the gut to save the trophy head…these non humans who murder animals give no mercy so I hope they don’t expect any when THEY die when their time comes and they are judged….. cause IT WILL COME it does to all of us

  3. Tracy Meredith says:

    Well said Falvia, yes death comes to us all and so hope these psyopaths get whats coming to them. They are evil beyond belief to derive pleasure from killing beautiful, brave and iconic animals such as lions or any creature.
    They are nothing but cowardly, lowlife scum. America has to put in legislation to stop them before there are no animals left in the wild. China and America are destroying all wildlife.

  4. Monika Marcinkiewicz says:


  5. The rate of decline in lion populations is clearly catastrophic. Decisive action is needed NOW.

  6. I still dont see where the money goes,definitely not to conservation.Please USA do this for Africa and my country South Africa.Our government seems not to do anything!

  7. vanessa james says:

    My heart breaks for these beautiful, innocent animals. I once saw the shooting in a documentary on tv, and didn’t see it coming; neither did the lion! It was peacefully standing by a tree, then all of the gunshots hit it at once! I will never forget the look on the lion’s face; confused and terrified! The cruelty of some people is astounding to me! I will never forget that!

  8. There is no excuse not to list lions as endangered. As for saying there would not be enough money for conservation, more money should be allotted. These are precious creatures that could be lost to this planet forever! We have plenty of resources for funding, if it weren’t uncollected and misallocated. Corporate welfare–huge subsidies for Big Agra, Big Oil, Sports Teams, uncollected taxes from the wealthiest who should be paying much much more (due to money overseas, low rates, huge tax loopholes) many non-profit organizations that are really for profit or don’t meet 501(C) requirements, support for foreign governments, esp. those who are not really our allies, the military industrial complex (80% of our budget) are just a few examples. Billions to trillions of dollars are being wasted! It is a disgusting and immoral waste of money that could help save and protect our wildlife. Laws should be passed to prevent the importation of trophy animals and their parts. We have NO good excuse! Our priorities are WRONG and UNCONSCIONABLE!

  9. I am Spanish, and from small’ve seen men having fun with all kinds of cruelty to animals until eventually kill them. This matter is referred to all types of animals and in every way. Sorry to say until there is a spiritual and consciousness in man crecimeinto, this does not stop the problem, and we can end it all. Starting with our former king, who had a problem in a hunting of elephants.

  10. Heather Brophy says:


  11. caryl sawyer says:

    Ashe is useless.

  12. John Lettieri says:

    If man was to do trophy hunting and killed off all the Lions, he would go on to the next animal.

  13. Cecily Colloby says:

    What the hell is wrong with these idiots who won’t lift a finger to help lions survive!!!If the bloody human race was in danger of extinction (and what a pity it isn’t!) they’d soon do something!!!What kind of world will we have in 50 years time ,thanks to the U S Government who have the power to stop the extinction of lions and won’t use it?? “Those who have the privilege to know have the duty to act….” Can’t remember who said that, but they were SO right.

  14. Karen Remnant says:

    Ashe again??
    Theres plenty of money for all conservation work! The problem is that most of it is firmly in the grasp of corrupt hands everywhere!
    Those who hunt should be left as bait. That’s one hunt I’d enjoy watching 🙂

  15. List all animals as endangered species! Stop killing our majestic lions, people who kill innocent animals are savages that are dangerous to other people and should be in jail!

  16. KatWrangler says:

    Lions must be designated endangered right now. Between habitat destruction, hunting, and canine distemper – caused by humans – we could see the end of lions, and all big cats, in our lifetime.
    USF&W Service needs to re-think their priorities. They do not have a great track record, and that needs to change.

  17. nathalie beelprez says:

    if the earth dies, we die
    if we die, the earth survives
    I’m a friend of the earth!

  18. “The philosophy of nonviolence which I learned from Dr. Marin Luther King, Jr., during my involvement in the civil rights movement was first responsible for my change in diet…Under the leadership of Dr. King, I became totally committed to nonviolence, and I was convinced that nonviolence meant opposition to killing in any form. I felt the commandment ‘Thou Salt not kill’ applied to human beings not only in their dealings with each other – war, lynching, assassination, murder and the like – but in their practice of killing animals for food or sport. Animals suffer and die alike. Violence causes the same pain…the same arrogant, cruel and brutal taking of life.” – Dick Gregory

  19. Manel Dias says:

    Saving these species such as the Lions and alike is the duty & the responsibilities of the Governing parties. If the country is mull-functioning without active responsible authorities, who are doing nothing to improve the situations, then such people should not be sitting on these chairs. Inactive governing bodies needs to be removed & replaced with the people who are willing to bring forth the new laws while implementing them & protecting the country’s most vulnerable & defenseless living beings such as these Lions. Without the ANIMALS on this earth this place wouldn’t be a true “Planet Earth”. ALL these animals plays a vital part of the survival of this earth. Protect them & save them should be on every governing bodies list.

  20. Beverley Foster says:

    Wolves, Bears, Deer, and other animal species are hunted for ‘fun’ in your Country and now you are exporting your ‘fun loving’ killers to decimate wildlife in other Continents. This wanton destruction of animals that we do not eat, nor use to clothe ourselves,is purely for what some call pleasure, but is simply the slaughter of innocent creatures that have not evolved on this planet over hundreds of years just to satisfy mans’ lust for self-gratification. Why would you want to kill a magnificent creature like a Lion, an Elephant or a Rhino just because you can???? Here’s a better idea, why not hunt each other, surely a much more challenging task than an easy target like a wild animal, perhaps then you would wipe each other out and leave the animal kingdom in peace.

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