Groups hope African Lions can be protected under the US Endangered Species Act

A coalition of wildlife organizations are pushing for protections from the US Endangered Species Act for the dwindling population of African Lions. The groups include some members of the Hall of Fame of animal welfare and protection  – International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), Humane Society International (HSI), Born Free USA, Born Free Foundation and Defenders of Wildlife.

PR Newswire is reporting the population of these great animals has declined by nearly half over the last two decades, as a result of “retaliatory killings, loss of habitat, over-exploitation by recreational trophy hunters and commercial trade, disease, and other human-caused and natural factors.”

Fewer than 40,000 are surviving now and the pressure from the greedy and evil continues. And nearly two-thirds of the 5,663 lions killed by trophy hunters between 1998 and 2008 were imported to the United States.

Who could do this? What kind of mindset does it take to help wipe a species of animal off the Earth so that they can have a trophy in their den?

The ESA listing would help stop these imports. Along with the listing, the US needs increase the penalties for engaging in this sort sick practice to at least decades in prison. We’re talking about sending an animal to extinction and ensuring future generations of kids will read that our generation watched this happen to the King of the Jungle.

And other great species such as gorillas, rhinos and elephants are in serious trouble as well.

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