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South Africa: Ban the Export of Lion Bones!
Lions, already facing a decreased population throughout Africa, are now being threatened by a rising demand for their body parts, including bones, teeth, and claws. These are predominantly sought for use in traditional medicines and trinkets, largely in Southeast Asia.
While illicit poaching of these formidable creatures is forbidden, and international trade in lion parts is largely restricted, South Africa has authorized the export of skeletons from captive facilities where lions are bred. Numerous reports highlight the appalling conditions within these captive facilities. Many of these businesses also offer paying customers the chance to participate in so-called "canned hunts," wherein they can kill lions and take away the head or skin as a trophy.
This brutal exploitation of these majestic big cats needs to cease. Lions are splendid creatures that deserve the freedom of the wild, not to be mountings on a wall or ingredients in a questionable pharmacy. South Africa should pioneer efforts in safeguarding lions.
Please lend your voice to this cause and demand that South Africa forbids the export of lion bones.
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