Fighting for Lions – UPDATE
If the Eastern and Southern African lion range states wish to maintain lion hunting revenues generated from U.S. citizens, they will need to maintain the ability to export hunted lion trophies to the United States. Consequently, they must provide the FWS with information that demonstrates how hunting is enhancing the species. Unfortunately, the FWS has not defined enhancement criteria, which means African governments are trying to meet an unknown expectation.
SCI Foundation is working with African governments. The United States provided information to each government regarding what information would be needed by the U.S. Management Authority to make a positive enhancement finding. The Fighting for Lions campaign will be used to help the range states provide this information to the United States. SCI Foundation is in consultations with various African governments to learn how we can assist.
The United States is requesting that African governments provide the following information regarding the hunting of lions:
- Proof of biological sustainability.
- A clear demonstration of how hunting results in a net conservation benefit to the species.
- Documentation of the socio-economic and cultural benefits derived from hunting.
- An overview of the adaptive management programs already in place.
- Evidence of effective governance of a transparent and sustainable hunting program.
Wildlife authority agencies, in conjunction with professional hunting associations, are working to provide a clear link between the hunting of lions and the enhancement of the species. A renowned consultant with vast experience in the wildlife management and the economics of sustainable use has been retained to conduct this project, which should take approximately 2-3 months to complete. SCI Foundation has provided funding for this work. Upon completion, this information will be delivered to FWS and will be considered in their process of making an enhancement finding.
We will help as many governments that we can with the resources we have available.