If endangered African lions are listed as Endangered Throughout its Range under the Endangered Species Act, US importation of African lions and their parts would be banned. The United States is the world’s largest importer of commercially traded endangered African lion parts and lion trophies. This trend is only increasing.
Take a Stand for Endangered African Lions by Monday, January 28.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service placed the jaguar on the US endangered species list in 1997, after urging from the Center for Biological Diversity lawsuits and grassroots organizers. Moving forward, U.S. Fish and Wildlife has now proposed to protect a few key mountain ranges along the Mexican border as “critical habitat.” While the Center for Biological Diversity calls the proposed areas vital, they also say these areas are “not nearly enough to ensure the big cat’s recovery.”
According to the Center for Biological Diversity:
The agency has omitted the best jaguar habitat north of the border – the wild Gila ecosystem of New Mexico and the adjoining Mogollon Rim of Arizona — as well as travel corridors that would allow jaguars to move freely between mountain ranges.
From Catty to Fishy
Why do you think that is? If you smell corporate favoritism, you’d be spot on. The Center for Biological Diversity goes on to say:
A foreign-owned mining corporation that wants to build the Rosemont Copper mine in the Santa Rita Mountains, southeast of Tucson, Ariz., is lobbying hard to block protections there. This open-pit mine would strip thousands of acres of all life and leave a mile-wide hole in Coronado National Forest. A jaguar was seen last year in the Santa Rita Mountains, and a photo of a jaguar tail was taken in September southeast of Tucson.
Aren’t we all just a little tired of big money overtaking the Earth’s natural treasures?
I just did.
TONY THE TIGER’S STORY
Tony, a beautiful Siberian-Bengal tiger, has been on display his whole decade-long life at Michael Sandlin’s Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete, Louisiana. From his steel and concrete compound, Tony can’t escape the constant bright lights, diesel infused air, or sounds of screeching brakes and idling semi motors. An ineffectual sign hangs on Tony’s compound warning against the crime of harassing the “protected” tiger. Still, Tony is taunted by truck stop tourists. Tony has no companion, logs, trees, or complex vegetation to engage in natural tiger behaviors. He has a trough of water too small to submerge himself and cool down in the blazing heat of Louisiana summers. Tony paces repeatedly across his patch of hard, rough concrete due to the psychological stress of confinement, putting him at risk for dangerous and painful veterinary conditions as well.