Lions4Lions urges to raise awareness about the Lion species’ fate. We want to inform our readers about Lion conservation, research, and conservation development and about organizations that are worth to support.
Please support – African People and Wildlife – Working on the ground in Tanzania
When Lion conservation doesn’t integrate the humans that live in Lion landscapes into their approach and concept, we will lose the Lion species rather sooner than later. APW‘s strategic and holistic conservation model is designed to benefit both people and wildlife while helping to preserve the natural environment for future generations. This is, in our opinion, the only way to go forward when it comes to Lion conservation in Africa.
Visit the Colloquium on Captive Lion Breeding – 21. and 22. August 2018. More details HERE
The recent damning lion bone report by EMS Foundation and Ban Animal Trading South Africa – “The Extinction Business” – revealed that the legal export trade in lion bones from South Africa is fueling the illegal trade and providing laundering opportunities for lion/tiger bones in Asia.
What can you do to end the lion slaughter?
- Take action by lending your voice and advocating for change
- Help spread awareness and educate others, online and offline
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CALL TO ACTION:
Add your voice to end the slaughter of lions for the bone trade in South Africa. Sign and share the following petition: https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/684/142/325/
Email the following South African permitting officers:
Mpho Tjiane – MTjiane@environment.gov.za
Jonathan Denga – firstname.lastname@example.org
Basie Diole – email@example.com
Leon Lotter – Leon.Lotter@gauteng.gov.za
Patience Mthembu: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lourens Goosen – email@example.com
Hannes Blom – firstname.lastname@example.org
Petition IUCN – email@example.com
Petition CITES – firstname.lastname@example.org
Preparing the Colloquium on Captive Lion Breeding – 21. and 22. August 2018: Submit respectful written comments to Mr. Mohlopi Mapulane, the colloquium’s chairperson: email@example.com
Dear Mr. Mohlopi Mapulane,
I would like to express my concern at your Government’s plan to increase the numbers of skeletons for export to 1500 African lions a year. Not only will such sales normalize a consumer view of lions as a commodity, but they will also add pressure on endangered big cats such as lions and tigers by increasing the demand for products made from their bones.
Mr. Mapulane, I am sure you are aware that a major threat to the survival of lions and tigers in the wild is the trade in their bones, and other parts and products, and that in many instances lion bone is used in place of tiger bone to produce high-end ‘wines’ which are marketed to consumers as tiger bone wine. There are fewer than 20.000 wild lions and 4.000 wild tigers remaining in the world – a legal trade in lion bone threatens to further exacerbate the trade threat faced by the last remaining wild tigers.
With the legalization of lion skeleton exports, there is also a serious risk of tiger bone, teeth and claws from South Africa being laundered and exported as lion specimens using CITES export permits. Since tigers are not indigenous to South Africa, there is either a lack of or weak regulations regarding their trade.
I appeal to you and the South African Government to reconsider the production and sales of lion bones.
[Your name here]