– The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), a Kenya-based conservation NGO, has on Wednesday called on the world to totally ban sport hunting of Africa’s lions until the decline in lion populations is reversed.
AWF Senior Director of Conservation Science, Philip Muruthi, said lions are extinct in North Africa, severely depleted across West and Central Africa, and now losing ground in their strongholds of East and Southern Africa.
“For those sport hunters and hunting outfitters in the United States and in Africa’s lion range states that have always adhered to the letter of the law, we fully recognize the sacrifice we are asking them to make,” Muruthi said in a statement issued in Nairobi. “Still, we cannot afford to sacrifice the future of Africa’s lions for the sake of a few trophies,” he said, warning that the absence of lions has profound and long-lasting repercussions on Africa’s ecosystems.
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