African Leopards at Risk of Extinction

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From Nature World News:

“Suffering a population decline of 30 percent in the past 25 years, African leopards may qualify the “endangered status” under the Endangered Species Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Tuesday.

Last July, the Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society International (HSI), International Fund for Animal Welfare, the Center for Biological Diversity, and the Fund for Animals filed a legal petition to extend the full protections of the Endangered Species Act to African leopards (Panthera pardus pardus)

HIS director of the wildlife department Teresa M. Telecky, Ph.D, said in a statement, “African leopard numbers are plummeting and as the largest leopard trophy importer in the world, the United States has taken a critical step toward ensuring that our consumption does not threaten the survival of this species.”

In Asia and Africa, leopards are at a huge risk of extinction due to the current poaching and trophy hunting. Studies show that poorly managed trophy hunting was a key driver of leopard population decrease. Early this year, South Africa has banned trophy hunting in their lands due to the alert from its CITES Scientific Authority that the number of leopards in the country was unknown and that trophy hunting risks the survival of the species.”

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