Currently, carbofuran pesticide is easily accessible in Kenya. It is used to keep wildlife out of crops, but once one animal has been poisoned, the carcass attracts other wildlife. The poison then travels from carcass to predator, leading to horrible deaths on each step along the food chain.
Lions are a vulnerable species that depend on a wide variety of wildlife to survive. With a diet that ranges from wildebeest to birds, they are at tremendous risk of carbofuran pesticide poisoning. Unfortunately, their population has already declined by 30 to 50 percent over the past two decades, due to human population growth, agricultural expansion, hunting and poaching by livestock ranchers.
While the Kenyan government has stopped allowing sales of this pesticide in Kenya, some members of Kenya's parliament still oppose a ban of the pesticide. Please send a message to the Minister of Tourism and Wildlife today in support of a ban on carbofuran pesticide.