Protect Endangered Lions from Poisoning

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Target: Felix Kiptarus Koskei, Head of The State Department of Agriculture in Kenya.

Goal: Enforce stricter boundaries for herdsmen who poison African lions.

Two famous African lions died after they consumed poison set out by Maasai herdsmen. Simindei Naururi and Kulangash Toposat reportedly soaked a cow carcass with poison after the lions killed three of their cows. Two of those lions died soon after eating the carcass and one remains missing. Urge the Kenyan government to strictly enforce land boundaries with the Maasai herdsmen in order to prevent future poisonings.

Bibi, a 17-year-old lioness, was found foaming at the mouth and panting after consuming the poisoned cowhide. Hyenas killed another lion after he was weakened from the poison. The last lion, Sienna, is missing. Veterinarians are treating eight other lions as well as surrounding wildlife that could have also been exposed to the poison.

This isn’t the first poisoning to occur at the Maasai Mara Game reserve. Though it is illegal, herdsmen allow their cattle to graze on the reserve. The lions target the cattle as prey. In an angry response, the herdsmen set out poison in order to kill the lions and protect their herds. Due to the endangered status of the African lion, this is illegal. Naururi and Toposat have been charged but they are just one example of a larger problem.

Sign below to demand that Kenyan authorities enforce harsher property boundaries between the Maasai Mara Game Reserve and the Maasai cattle ranches. By targeting this problem at the source, we could end the killing and save this endangered lion.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Koskei,

Local herdsmen have killed two members of The Marsh Pride, famous for its appearance on BBC’s Big Cat Diary. Simindei Naururi and Kulangash Toposat reportedly soaked a cow carcass with poison after the lions killed three of their cows. They have been charged; however, this is not the first poisoning on the Maasai Mara Game Reserve. We demand that you enforce stricter boundaries between the reserve and the Maasai herdsmen in order to prevent any future poisonings.

After dark, the Maasai herdsmen illegally sneak their cattle onto the reserve’s property to graze. The lions see the cattle as prey and attack them resulting in a never-ending slaughter. In 2010, the Maasai herdsmen poisoned more than a dozen lions at the reserve as retribution for their dead cattle. Since then, the killing hasn’t stopped.

We demand that you strictly enforce the property boundaries between the reserve and the Maasai herdsmen in hopes that it will end this vicious cycle.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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10 Comments

  1. Indra Rajapakse says:

    Unless strict action is taken against poisoning and trophy hunting there will be no lions left in Africa! This will surely be a disaster!So please act soon!

  2. “So many people insist they are against animal abuse, cruelty, suffering and the inhumane treatment of animals, yet they don’t understand they are actively engaging in and supporting egregious suffering, abuse, cruelty and inhumane treatment when they eat animals and their ‘by-products.’ If you are against cruelty, suffering and inhumane treatment, then you go vegan. It’s just that simple.” – Sarah Kiser
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtWO83pf3Mc

  3. Hilary Barmby says:

    If this kind of thing carries on we will soon no longer have any of the beautiful wildlife

  4. Lisbeth Alvarado Sanchez says:

    I’m appalled by how humans are destroying wildlife. What is the matter with this people! All creatures deserve our respect. They deserve to live free in their hábitats.

  5. Kathy Khoshfahm says:

    Until the world views the Animal Kingdom as citizens of this Earth who deserve our protection, the torture and murder of animals at the hands of humans will continue. We have invaded the home and homelands of nearly every animal on this planet yet we were never invited. No living creature deserves this kind of treatment. Not one…

  6. All animals deserve respect. Deeply saddened at how we feel and act superior to all other living beings.

  7. Poisoning is such a hideous death and is not a good way of controlling preditors or any other animal

  8. NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENED HERE TO POISON AN ANIMAL IS SUCH A CRUEL, VILE AND HORRIFICALLY PAINFUL DEATH. NEVER SHOULD ANYONE POISON AN ANIMAL IN A EFFORT TO KILL THEM.

    AUTHORITIES:
    ONE THING TO THINK ABOUT AND FOR THE MASI PEOPLE ALSO. THEY ALL DEPEND ON TOURIST AND IF THERE ARE NO ANIMALS THERE WILL BE NO TOURISTS SO THEY MUST HAVE A PLAN B TO STOP THIS INTERACTION OF CATTLE AND LIONS (they need both their cattle but also the lions for the tourist money) THERE MUST BE ANOTHER WAY TO HANDLE THIS SO GET TOGETHER AND STOP THE KILLING NOW!!

  9. “the Maasai Mara Game Reserve” – is the word ‘game’ used loosely in Kenya ? Otherwise one might think the reserve was designed for the deep pocketed Walter Palmer’s of the world to have their trigger happy fun.
    The tribesman are running out of graze-able land in that they have to illegally sneak into the reserve at night ? That could be a contributing factor

  10. The sadistic torture and killing of these magnificent lions is SO irrational, so cruel, so unconscionable, so merciless, it’s beyond the pale — there MUST be another way to protect your cattle — WHY would you so viciously punish lions for BEING lions? — You ARE aware of their existence in the vicinity — this DREADFUL killing must NOT be repeated.

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