US African lion trophy hunting finished?

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By Miguel Llanos, NBC News in the USA:

African lions could end up on US endangered species list

If wildlife activists have their way, U.S. hunters trekking to Africa soon won’t be able to bring back any lion skins or skulls as trophies.

Acting on a petition by those activists, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday said it will study whether the species warrants protection under the Endangered Species Act.

Born Free USA, one of the petition groups, called the review “the necessary first step toward ensuring a chance at survival for this beleaguered species.”

African lion populations have seen “a substantial decline” over the past two decades and are estimated to be around 32,000, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, which monitors species numbers globally.

The threats include not only trophy hunters, but loss of habitat, humans eating lion meat, and commercial sale of their body parts, said Adam Roberts, executive vice president of Born Free USA.

As humans move into lion habitat, he added, that increases “retaliatory killings, including by gruesome poisoning,” of lions that go after livestock.

The Fish and Wildlife Service began a 60-day period to receive public and expert comment on whether to list the species. The Asian lion was listed as endangered in 1970.

In their petition, the activists cited U.S. trade figures showing that more than 5,600 wild Africa lions were hunted and then exported as trophies between 1999 and 2008, with 64 percent of those trophies being imported into the U.S.

The U.S. has listed non-native animals before since the act is meant to ensure the U.S. citizens “do not contribute to the further decline of that species in its native habitat,” the Fish and Wildlife Service said in its announcement.

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  2. Zambia: Govt Ready to Lose K400 Million to Conserve Wildlife

    By GIDEON THOLE, 2 January 2013

    TOURISM and Arts Minister Sylvia Masebo has said Government is ready to lose K400 million from the one year ban of wildlife hunting business for the sake of conserving nature and bringing sanity to the commercial hunting sector.

    Ms Masebo said the amount of money Government was earning annually was far little when compared to the amount of destruction being caused by corruption and indiscriminate killings of wild life.

    This was being done by a few individuals who were reaping from the wild hunting sector.

    The Minister was speaking during a live Zambia National Broadcasting Services (ZNBC) phone in programme, ‘Open Line’ on Monday night.

    She said over the past few decades, Government and people living in the areas around national parks were not benefiting from all forms of commercial hunting which was dominated by foreigners and Zambians of foreign origins.

    “There is a lot of cheating and corruption surrounding the wildlife hunting business which the Government has just banned. It is a lucrative sector which has seen a few individuals reap from supper profits from wildlife products.

    “The Government is getting little in terms of revenue and the areas where this business is being conducted has for many years remained under-developed without any form of empowerment to the local people” Ms Masebo said.

    She said that during the period of the ban, Government would embark on a consultative process which unlike in the past would take into consideration input of the chiefs and the local people.

    The Government, she said, would leave it to stakeholders to decide whether to permanently ban commercial wildlife hunting.

    Stakeholders would decide if the Government should instead promote photographic safari business, which was a key source of revenue for countries like Kenya, Botswana and South Africa.

    A representative of resident hunters Davies Mwila pleaded with the Government to consider striking a balance between conducting hunting business and photographic safari.

    “Hunting is a sport and a business which provides livelihood for hundreds of people from different sectors which should not be banned but allowed to co-exist with photographic safari business,” Captain Mwila said.

    A local business executive and conservationist Ishmael Kankhara said the population of unique exotic wild life species in national parks was depleting at an alarming rate.

    “A few individuals are profiteering from the indiscriminate slaughtering of buffaloes and lions and the only solution we have before us is to ban all forms of hunting business in national parks,” he said.


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