SCI Foundation is awaiting the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s announcement on whether the African lion will be proposed for listing as a threatened or endangered species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
SCI Foundation has created a new website (www.fightingforlions.org) to help communicate the details of the announcement and explain the impacts a listing would cause. Further, the website strives to educate people on the science of the issue and ensure the best information is being used to make important conservation decisions for African lions.
The best available science does not warrant an endangered listing under the Act. In fact, the lion does not meet any of the five Endangered Species Act criteria for an endangered listing.
African lions are a tremendously emotional issue for many people, and sadly, the emotional perspective is unwilling to acknowledge the science. Bad information that is not based on science has been intentionally spread in the media to generate an emotional appeal. Our website intends to provide an alternative viewpoint to counteract such messages.
Contrary to what many activists believe, well regulated hunting programs are not a threat to lion populations. The top threats surrounding lion mortality are habitat loss due to an expanding human population and agriculture industry, human-lion conflict resulting in retaliation killings of lions, loss of prey, and snares set by poachers seeking bush meat.
For decades, SCI Foundation has been working on-the-ground in Africa, surveying lion populations. We have conducted multiple surveys across southern Africa and are funding two long term lion research projects. We work with the top lion experts to ensure science is behind all conservation efforts and make sure the most up-to-date information is available.
SCI Foundation’s “Fighting For Lions” campaign can have tremendous impact if we can properly educate the public on the true facts surrounding the African lion. We encourage all readers to visit our new website at www.fightingforlions.org and join the fight to save lions with science.
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