Recently, Australia's Environment Minister announced a ban on the import of all African lion parts, spurred in part by the especially inhumane practice of "canned" hunting, whereby lions are reared in captivity and either hunted in enclosures or shot down soon after being released into the wild.
The global community has a responsibility to protect animal life, especially imperiled species such as the African lion. With their initiative, Australia has demonstrated its commitment to protecting these majestic creatures.
The United States, and other countries around the world, should do the same.
African lions are in peril due to a number of threats: habitat loss, conflict with human populations, loss of prey species, and an unsustainable level of trophy hunting. With less than 40,000 African lions left in the wild - half the population from 25 years ago - lions are in serious danger of becoming extinct.
Wealthy American trophy hunters, who kill more than half all African lions hunted for sport globally each year, pay exorbitant amounts of money for the right to kill these big cats and bring back their mounted trophies.