Lions have to be saved

“Pow pow!” That’s the sound of someone shooting a gun for hunting lions. What would you do? What would you change? I think that lions should not be hunted. We don’t need to hunt them, they are already on the endangered list of animals. Why would we want to kill this population of amazing animals?

One reason is that people are giving out trophies for hunting lions. I think that is nonsense because we are killing a beautiful species and then we get trophies. What, are you kidding me? I thought that we are not supposed to kill them because they are on the endangered list!

People argue that lions should be hunted. According to a report published by LionAid, a lion conservation and educational charity, in 2011, “Lion trophy hunting is highly lucrative to hunting operators and nations collecting trophy fees. However, such finances are earned at the expense of lion populations currently in free fall decline.” According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, from 1993 to 2014, the lion population has declined by 43%.

Marina, a volunteer at the San Francisco Zoo, also disapproves of hunting lions. She states, “I view those who do it as misguided and self-centered.” I agree with Marina’s statement.

Also, in Cote D’Ivoire, Congo, and Ghana, lions have been extinct since 2010. In Nigeria, a survey showed thirty-nine lions are left since 2010. In southern Africa, unsustainable levels of hunting apply to Zambia, Namibia, and especially Zimbabwe. I’m disappointed in the lion hunters because the people know that the lions are endangered species and extinct in some places.

According to the report from LionAid, “Another important factor in lion trophy hunting concerns a widely ignored aspect of lions’ biology. Resident pride males fulfill a paternal function in protecting cubs.” So, killing the males can destabilize the pride.

Like me, Marina cares deeply about lions and believes that education will help protect them. She says:

“I believe that the more we learn about wild animals the more likely we are to want to protect them and to preserve their wild habitats. And, when we really understand how our actions can hurt or help a species, we can choose to change our behavior for the better. Further, the more we learn and understand, the more we enrich our own lives.”

I agree with Marina’s statement. Now is the time to help the lions forever!

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