Target: Minister Of Environment & Tourism Namibia
Goal: Stop any more endangered desert lions from being killed in conflicts with humans.
Recently a farmer in Namibia shot three endangered desert lions, killing one and seriously injuring the other two. These lions belonged to a pack of brothers that are famously referred to as the “Five Musketeers.” The lions were shot when they were spotted trying to get under the cattle wire in a popular farming area, and the farmer who shot them will not be charged with any crime. Now the Desert Lion Conservation and a group called Namibian Lions Killed in HWC have submitted proposals to the Minister of Environment & Tourism Namibia to enact regulations to keep farmers and the lions separated and to prevent any more HWC (human wildlife conflicts) in the future.
Namibian Lions Killed in HWC has reported that they’ve sent multiple requests for change to the Minister of Environment & Tourism and have yet to hear anything from the Minister in return. There are already some regulations in place to keep the lions away from farming areas, such as requiring cattle wire enclosures to protect all livestock, however activists and locals claim that this doesn’t go far enough, as evidenced by the recent shooting.
The particular kind of lion that was killed was not any ordinary jungle cat either, this was an incredibly endangered species of desert lion, known for being able to survive out in harsh desert environments. Last year it was reported that only 150 desert lions remain in the area and that they’re stalked and hunted because they prey on cattle and other livestock. Regulations to create a better patrol of the affected area and more cattle enclosures to keep the lions out will help in preventing further incidents.
Please sing the petition to protect the remaining desert lions from extinction.
Dear Minister Of Environment & Tourism Namibia,
Please take action to enact regulations to help strengthen the divide between wildlife and local farmers, to help prevent the deaths of any more endangered desert lions. The Desert Lion Conservation and Namibian Lions Killed in HWC have submitted proposals for regulation change, which have since gone unaddressed by the Ministry.
We feel that better regulations regarding patrolling of wildlife areas and increasing cattle enclosure space/security will help prevent any more tragedies, like the shooting of three endangered lions, from occurring. There are less than 150 of these desert lions left in the region and the population can not afford anymore tragedies like the one that just occurred.
We demand that you take the necessary action to ensure that no more of these endangered creatures get killed and to work with the local conversation groups in ensuring their continued existence.
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Photo credit: Sue Brady