URGENT: Stop Leopard Trophy Hunting and Ban Import of Leopard Parts in the U.S.

 

WE SUPPORT THE RECLASSIFICATION OF THE LEOPARD TO ENDANGERED SPECIES.

Numbers are declining at a concerning rate. Illegal trapping, poisoning, killing for skin, legal destruction, revenge killings, decreasing of habitat, urbanization and climate change are all pushing leopards to the brink of extinction. Lack of data on the actual number of leopards, inadequate legislation and poor control, incompetence and corruption in the countries where the leopards are an indigenous species, allow all sort of abuse in the managing of the species. Leopard mortality exceeds the yearly hunting quotas so trophy hunting and trade are simply not sustainable.

THANK YOU!

 

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URGENT: Thank you for signing and support the reclassification of leopards to Endangered Species. We will deliver this petition by the deadline, January the 30th at 12.00.

If you haven’t done it yet, PLEASE ALSO COMMENT ON THE FWS WEBSITE, IT’S VERY EASY! The link is: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=FWS-HQ-ES-2016-0131-0001, Blue button “Comment Now”. IT’S SO IMPORTANT!

Please Comment briefly with one or more of the following FACTS:

YOU STRONGLY SUPPORT THE RECLASSIFICATION OF THE LEOPARD (PANTHERA PARDUS) TO ENDANGERED SPECIES.

Leopard numbers are declining at a concerning rate. Illegal hunting, trapping and snaring, poisoning, killing for skin, legal destruction and farm livestock protection, revenge killings, decreasing of habitat, urbanization and climate change are all pushing leopards to the brink of extinction. Lack of data on the actual number of leopards, inadequate legislation and poor control, incompetence and corruption in the countries where the leopards are an indigenous species, allow all sort of abuse in the managing of the species. Leopard mortality exceeds the yearly hunting quotas so trophy hunting and trade are simply not sustainable.

THANK YOU!
URGENT: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is evaluating whether to reclassify leopards, currently listed as Threatened, up to Endangered status. The FWS has opened a link for Public Comments to receive by the 30th of Jan 2017. THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY WE MUST TAKE to stop the U.S. import of leopard parts from Southern Africa. 

America is a leading collector of leopard parts.

                                              WE NEED YOU TO

- Sign this petition. Signatures are needed from the whole world but in particular from America and also from South Africa, Dem Rep of Congo, Zaire, Gabon, Kenia and Uganda where the leopard is an indigenous species.


-  VERY IMPORTANT: Send an electronic comment to U.S. FWS https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=FWS-HQ-ES-2016-0131-0001 (blue button on the right, "Comment Now").

This is the Guideline Comment (the FWS will consider only comments based on scientific studies so it is essential that you express, with your own words, a concise opinion based on the guideline. Please refer to and mention one or more of the studies indicated below):

YOU STATE THAT YOU STRONGLY SUPPORT THE RECLASSIFICATION OF THE LEOPARD (PANTHERA PARDUS) TO ENDANGERED SPECIES.

 

You give, as a reason, one or more of the following:

 

-          Trophy hunting, illegal hunting, trapping and snaring, poisoning, killing for skin, legal destruction, farm livestock protection, revenge killings are pushing leopards to the brink of extinction.

-          Scientific data show that leopards are the most persecuted cat species in the world.

-          There is an unprecedented lack of scientific data on the number of leopards remaining.

-          Camera trapping surveys conducted during a study period indicate that leopard population in Southern Africa are declining rapidly and at a very concerning rate.

-          Climate change and drought affect and threaten the leopard population worldwide.

-          The decreasing of habitat affects and threatens the leopard population worldwide.

-          The conflict with growing agriculture, livestock farming and urbanization affect and threatens the leopard population worldwide.

-          Unreported and illegal killing of leopards is widespread across Southern Africa.

-          Leopard mortality exceeds the annual trophy “offtake rate” considered sustainable by the countries where the leopard is an indigenous species.

-          In these countries there is inadequate legislation and poor control to persecute illegal killings and manage the leopard population.

-          Fencing fragments the leopard habitat and affects the reproduction of the species.

-          Illegal trading of leopards parts is not adequately punished by the countries where the leopard is an indigenous species. Often the enforcement is weak and incompetent.

-          There is proof of corruption in the release of permits for trophy hunting of leopards.

-          Under-stuffed and dysfunctional Conservation departments are unable to monitor a particular elusive species such as leopard.

 

You can use and mention one of these References:

 

-          Kahler & Gore, M.L. 2005, Local Perceptions, Human-Wildlife conflicts in Namibia

-          Minin-Fraser-Slotow-McMillan, Understanding the preference of tourists for big game species. Implication for Conservation, 2013

-          Nadal &Aguaio, A review of the Economic Analysis of wildlife trade, 2014

-          Pitman-Fattebert-Williams, The Conservation costs of Game Ranching, 2016

-          Pitman-Swanepoel, The importance of Refugia, 1987

-          Richardson-Loomis, The total economic value of threatened, endangered and rare species, 2009

-          Ripple-Estes-Beschta, Status and ecological effects of the world’s largest carnivores, 2015

-          St John-Keane, Identifying indicators of carnivore killing, 2012

-          Swanepoel-Lindsey-Somers, Extent and fragmentation of suitable Leopard habitat in South Africa, 2013

-          Thorn-Green-Scott, Characteristics and determinants of human-carnivore conflict in South African farmland, 2013.

 

You can use and mention one of these Articles:

 

1 -Ripple-Chapron, Conserving the World's Megafauna and Biodiversity, American Institute of Biological Science, 2017 https://academic.oup.com/bioscience/article-abstract/doi/10.1093/biosci/biw168/2900177/Conserving-the-World-s-Megafauna-and-Biodiversity?redirectedFrom=fulltext

 

2 –Wilson-Spaeth, Governments are not doing enough to stop wildlife crime, 2017 http://city-press.news24.com/Voices/governments-are-not-doing-enough-to-stop-wildlife-crime-20170104

 

3 – Cameron, Bustling trade in illegal wildlife products at Johannesburg market, 2016 https://www.biznews.com/sustainable-business/2016/10/06/watch-bustling-trade-in-illegal-wildlife-products-at-joburg-market-exposed/

 

You can use and mention one of these Studies:

 

1 -THE COMPREHENSIVE STUDY PRESENTED TO THE FWS ON THE 25TH OF JULY 2016 BY HUMANE SOCIETY INTERNATIONAL –USA

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxP8B7Q8gpNZeEZjTm5ia3FDZ2M/view

 

2 - EMS Foundation Comments on Trophy Hunting Leopards https://www.dropbox.com/s/c2ul5okdthtfe8j/EMS%20and%20BAT%20Comments%20on%20NDFs_10%20October%202015.pdf?dl=0

 

3 - EMS Foundation Comments to the Department of Environment Affairs/Leopard Trophy Hunts – Africa https://www.dropbox.com/s/1qq1ehny8uz2kon/EMS%20Foundation%20Comments%20on%20%20DEA%20N%26S%20Trophy%20Hunting%20Leopards%20Document.pdf?dl=0

 

CONCLUSION (Use your own words):

HUNTING AND TRADE OF LEOPARDS, WHOSE EXISTENCE IS SEVERELY COMPROMISED BY HUMAN ACTIVITIES, SHOULD BE SUSPENDED.

LEOPARDS SHOULD BE RECLASSIFIED TO ENDANGERED SPECIES.  

 

 

To the US Fish and Wildlife Service


Ref: Reclassify Leopards Currently Listed as Threatened Species to Endangered Species Under the Act, Docket ID No: FWS-HQ-ES-2016-0131-0001


We, together with other 65.000 people listed below, support the reclassification of the leopard from Threatened species to Endangered.

The population of leopards is declining at a concerning rate. Leopards are no longer present in approximately 40 per cent of their historic habitats in Africa and 50 per cent of their historic range in Asia. Camera surveys confirm a concerning drop in numbers worldwide. On the other hand there are not scientific data on the exact population so there is no support to allow any hunting quota.

It is another fact that leopard mortality, in most countries, exceeded their annual trophy quota rate. This species is in rapid decline and governments have not acted adequately to protect it. Corruption, human activities, urbanization and farming interfere badly with the survival of this species. The conflict with farming livestock put the leopard in the position of being a “problem animal” to destroy.

We ask you to take in consideration climate change which affects all wildlife and in particular the species already declining. South Africa has just moved, for the second year, to set the hunting quota to zero in 2017;

Species like the Panthera Pardus should be protected by any sort of human activity, hunt or trade until repopulation is guaranteed. 


The Studies listed below show that:


-          Scientific data show that leopards are the most persecuted cat species in the world.


-          There is an unprecedented lack of scientific data on the number of leopards remaining.


-          Camera trapping surveys conducted during a study period indicate that leopard population in Southern Africa are declining rapidly and at a very concerning rate.


-          Climate change and drought affect and threaten the leopard population worldwide.


-          The decreasing of habitat affects and threatens the leopard population worldwide.


-          The conflict with growing agriculture, livestock farming and urbanization affect and threatens the leopard population worldwide.


-          Unreported and illegal killing of leopards is widespread across Southern Africa.


-          Leopard mortality exceeds the annual trophy “offtake” quota considered sustainable by the countries where the leopard is an indigenous species.


-          In these countries there is inadequate legislation and poor control to persecute illegal killings and manage the leopard population.


-          Fencing fragments the leopard habitat and affects the reproduction of the species.


-          Illegal trading of leopards parts is not adequately punished by the countries where the leopard is an indigenous species. Often the enforcement is weak and incompetent.


-          There is proof of corruption in the release of permits for trophy hunting of leopards.


-          Under-stuffed and dysfunctional Conservation departments are unable to monitor a particular elusive species such as leopard. 


 


References:


 


-          Kahler & Gore, M.L. 2005, Local Perceptions, Human-Wildlife conflicts in Namibia


-          Minin-Fraser-Slotow-McMillan, Understanding the preference of tourists for big game species. Implication for Conservation, 2013


-          Nadal &Aguaio, A review of the Economic Analysis of wildlife trade, 2014


-          Pitman-Fattebert-Williams, The Conservation costs of Game Ranching, 2016


-          Pitman-Swanepoel, The importance of Refugia, 1987


-          Richardson-Loomis, The total economic value of threatened, endangered and rare species, 2009


-          Ripple-Estes-Beschta, Status and ecological effects of the world’s largest carnivores, 2015


-          St John-Keane, Identifying indicators of carnivore killing, 2012


-          Swanepoel-Lindsey-Somers, Extent and fragmentation of suitable Leopard habitat in South Africa, 2013


-          Thorn-Green-Scott, Characteristics and determinants of human-carnivore conflict in South African farmland, 2013.


 


Articles:


 


1 -Ripple-Chapron, Conserving the World's Megafauna and Biodiversity, American Institute of Biological Science, 2017 https://academic.oup.com/bioscience/article-abstract/doi/10.1093/biosci/biw168/2900177/Conserving-the-World-s-Megafauna-and-Biodiversity?redirectedFrom=fulltext


 


2 –Wilson-Spaeth, Governments are not doing enough to stop wildlife crime, 2017 http://city-press.news24.com/Voices/governments-are-not-doing-enough-to-stop-wildlife-crime-20170104


 


3 – Cameron, Bustling trade in illegal wildlife products at Johannesburg market, 2016 https://www.biznews.com/sustainable-business/2016/10/06/watch-bustling-trade-in-illegal-wildlife-products-at-joburg-market-exposed/


 


Studies:


 


1 -THE COMPREHENSIVE STUDY PRESENTED TO THE FWS ON THE 25TH OF JULY 2016 BY HUMANE SOCIETY INTERNATIONAL –USA


https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxP8B7Q8gpNZeEZjTm5ia3FDZ2M/view


 


2 - EMS Foundation Comments on Trophy Hunting Leopards https://www.dropbox.com/s/c2ul5okdthtfe8j/EMS%20and%20BAT%20Comments%20on%20NDFs_10%20October%202015.pdf?dl=0


 


3 - EMS Foundation Comments to the Department of Environment Affairs/Leopard Trophy Hunts – Africa https://www.dropbox.com/s/1qq1ehny8uz2kon/EMS%20Foundation%20Comments%20on%20%20DEA%20N%26S%20Trophy%20Hunting%20Leopards%20Document.pdf?dl=0


 

We hope you will take in consideration our comments which represent the opinion of 65.000 people, thank you.

Update #22 months ago
3 DAYS TO GO!! Thank you for signing and, if you haven’t done it, VERY IMPORTANT, send your comment to US FWS! Tell FWS you support the reclassification of the Leopard to Endangered Species. Click on the blue 'Comment Now' box on the top right of the page. Thank you!
Update #12 months ago
OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT FOR THE RECLASSIFICATION OF THE LEOPARD TO ENDANGERED SPECIES. The link is: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=FWS-HQ-ES-2016-0131-0001
Because of illegal trapping, poisoning, decreasing of habitat, urbanization and climate change, lack of data on the actual population, inadequate legislation, poor control and corruption, the leopard mortality exceeds the yearly hunting quotas so trophy hunting and trade are simply not sustainable.

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