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Steps to save African lion agreed on

Regional governments and conservationists have agreed on initial steps that need to be taken to save the African lion, which has been pushed to the brink of extinction throughout much of its range.

india Updated: Jan 17, 2006 12:20 IST
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Regional governments and conservationists have agreed on initial steps that need to be taken to save the African lion, which has been pushed to the brink of extinction throughout much of its range.

The strategies were worked out at a workshop on lions in east and southern Africa which wrapped up at the weekend. Government officials, local community representatives, lion biologists and safari hunters attended the meeting.

“Regulated trophy hunting wasn’t considered a threat, rather viewed as a way to help alleviate human-lion conflict and generate economic benefits for poor people to build their support for lion conservation,” the statement said. Trophy hunting of lions already takes place in several African states including South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.

But expanding these lucrative operations to other states is bound to be opposed by animal welfare groups which view hunting as cruel. Other strategies agreed on at the meeting include: action to prevent the illegal trade in lions and lion products; developing management capacity; and creating economic incentives for poor rural folk to live close to lions. The lion’s overall situation is dire in the face of swelling human populations on the world’s poorest continent.

First Published: Jan 17, 2006 12:20 IST