Joaquin Phoenix's World Lion Day Plea to Protect This Iconic Species

This World Lion Day (August 10), Joaquin Phoenix is joining Animal Defenders International (Adi) in calling on governments to act by voting to protect lions at the upcoming Cites (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) meeting in Geneva, Switzerland.

Oscar-nominated actor Joaquin Phoenix said: “Literally fading away before our eyes, African lions are today perilously low in number. To save this iconic species, the macabre trade in their body parts and grotesque killing for fun have to stop. Governments must not stand by while the slaughter continues – they must act now.”

A draft resolution proposed by Nigeria and Togo for the Geneva meeting, seeks recognition that the legal trade in captive lions provides a cover for and incentivizes the illegal trade, resulting in the poaching of wild and captive individuals; regulation and monitoring of breeding operations; and greater cooperation between law enforcement agencies at a national and international level.
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