The African lion is under perpetual assault throughout its range. What is the government waiting for?
What makes me angriest is that we know this happens. We said it. We shouted it from the rooftops. Lions are endangered; they need help!
So, what's the problem? Do loss of habitat, serious population declines, and massive threats not support providing this incredibly beleaguered species protection?
Ah, there are other stakeholders' opinions to consider ... The Safari Club, the National Rifle Association (NRA), and the "wise users," all of whom think wild animals should pay their way; who think they are the true conservationists; who have all the answers; who once called me a Banana Republic conservationist because I go on humane, non-consumptive wildlife safaris, devoid of their wasteful thrill-killing.
I have written this line so many times ... We, in the animal protection movement, are so often called "chicken little": running around, crying that the sky is falling, every time we want to protect animals from cruelty, suffering, abuse, threats, and extinction.