Christian photograph by Ace Bourke 1972

Christian photograph by Ace Bourke 1972

Please urgently sign and circulate this petition to list the African lion as an Endangered Species in the United States. Apparently there has also been one organised by Change.org – but the more the merrier!

Petition: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/629/552/394/list-african-lion-as-endangered-species/

Also we can write, call or email President Barack Obama:
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Phone: (202)456.1111
Fax: (202)456-2461
Email: http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/
Also the U.S. Department of the Interior
Sally Jewell
1849 C Street, N.W.
Washington DC 20240
Phone: (202) 208-3100
E-Mail: feedback@ios.doi.gov
Web: Feedback form

The majority of lion hunters in Africa are American, and the USA is the largest importer of lions and lion parts.

I have been in contact with Chris Mercer of CACH – Campaign Against Canned Hunting. This listing of lions as an Endangered Species in the USA is one of his key recommendations.

I like the CACH policy of compiling a list of “ethical” travel agents (to be on their website), and for encouraging volunteers and tourists to South Africa to avoid “lion farms” disguised as “wildlife sanctuaries” that offer cub petting, Walks with Lions, and in many cases hunting and killing lions.

Next blog I will discuss ways in which I think we can assist CACH.  Do see their website www.cannedlion.org to understand their philosophies.

CACH recommend that the next awareness-raising “protest” March be on World Animal Day on the 4th October 2014.