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An endangered species Act listing would prevent US and other citizens from selling Lions across US States or other international borders.
According to the proposed new rule Lions would be listed as endangered species but it would not apply to zoos. If this happens then it would become illegal to kill or hunt captive lions in the US without a permit or for a US citizen to sell lions or their parts across state or international borders. however, the sale of lions or their parts within a state would remain under state jurisdiction.
US sportsmen and women kill the most lions on the African continent as depicted by an agency yet this is not the primary reason to dwindling lion populations since 1980. 30,000 lions remain now as opposed to 76,000 in the year 1980 which shows a drop of about two thirds. Instead loss of Habitat, lack of prey and increased conflict with humans are to blame for such an aggravating decline in the lion population.
“Lions are declining in numbers rapidly unless we do something about it” said Dean Ashe , Director of the US Fish and Wildlife service. This designation would ultimately aid in helping the Lions by building existing Lion conservation programs in Africa by adding motivation and incentive to cooperate and galvanize opinions that Lions are in trouble.