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Via – ONLINE SIGNING EVENT!! 1,75 MILLION TO BAN THE LION TRADE
Caring with all our hearts as one MASS voice in signing, sharing, posting, tweeting.
Update: 7 February 2013
The South African airport authority (ACSA) refused to put our ads back up and, since their censorship violates our free speech rights under the South African constitution, we’ve taken them to court! We won’t let the government silence our calls to save South Africa’s lions. You can read our opening court filing here, ACSA’s response here and our reply to their response here. The court hearing should take place early in 2013.
The latest Avaaz update on the petition: “Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) just ordered our ads to be taken down, in a move that smacks of political censorship. We have objected, told the press and are reviewing our options to ensure that our voices are heard and we win protection of the lions.”
The petition: “To South African President Zuma:
As citizens from around the world with great respect for South Africa and its magnificent natural heritage, we appeal to you to ban the cruel and senseless trade in lion bones and organs, which is encouraging an industry that could drive lions to the brink of extinction. We hope to be able to visit South Africa and support its tourism industry, and would like to recommend travel there to our friends. We urge you to remove the stain of the lion trade from your country’s reputation and help us to support you with a clean conscience.”
Why is this action CRITICAL?:
“Hundreds of South African lions are being slaughtered to make bogus sex potions for men. But we can stop this cruel trade by hitting the government where it hurts — the tourism industry.
A global ban on tiger bone sales has traders hunting a new prize — the majestic lions. Lions are farmed under appalling conditions in South Africa for “canned hunting”, where rich tourists pay thousands to shoot them through fences. Now experts say lion bones from these killing farms are being exported to phony ‘medicine’ makers in Asia for record profits. Trade is exploding and experts fear that as prices rise, even wild lions — with only 20,000 left in Africa — will come under poaching attack.
If we can show President Zuma that this brutal trade is hurting South Africa’s image as a tourist destination, he could ban and punish the trade in lion bones. Avaaz is taking out strong ads in airports, tourism websites and magazines, but we urgently need 1 million petition signers to give the ads their force. Sign the petition to build our numbers fast.”