Say NO to wild lion trophy imports from South Africa!

Recently, Skye, a male lion, was allegedly killed by an American trophy hunter in the Umbabat Private Nature Reserve (UPNR), adjacent to Kruger National Park. The lion and his pride's territory is thought to include Kruger National Park, where lions are protected from being hunted. But the animals have open, unfenced access to the nearby private nature reserves, some of which allow hunting.

A wild lion hunt in Africa can cost tens of thousands of dollars. Trophy hunting is a head-hunting, thrill-seeking, and blood-thirsty exercise for the wealthy few. The wild lions that tourists to Kruger enjoy watching today could be shot dead the next day by a trophy hunter.

Fewer than 2,900 wild lions remain in South Africa and African lions are listed as threatened and endangered in the U.S. Endangered Species Act with approximately 20,000 African lions remaining in the wild today. The U.S. has long been the largest importer of lion hunting trophies in the world -- we should be protecting these magnificent animals, not hunting them.

TAKE ACTION
Please send a letter to Greg Sheehan, Principal Deputy Director, USFWS and ask that USFWS deny any applications to import any wild lion hunting trophies from South Africa.

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Dear Mr. Sheehan,

Recently, Skye, a male lion, was allegedly killed by an American trophy hunter in the Umbabat Private Nature Reserve (UPNR), adjacent to Kruger National Park. Lions are protected in the Kruger National Park and cannot be hunted. But the animals have open, unfenced access to the nearby private nature reserves, some of which allow hunting.

Fewer than 2,900 wild lions remain in South Africa, with approximately 900 mature lions in the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park that includes Kruger. In addition, African lions are listed as threatened and endangered in the U.S. Endangered Species Act with approximately 20,000 African lions remaining in the wild today.


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