Lions: A Disappearing Species

By Jacqueline Cloete

March 21, 2014

Photo by Anna Luker

Photo by Anna Luker

The lions that have roamed among the soil of the earth since it was created now face the possibility of extinction. It is predicted that within the course of ten to twenty years these creatures will be gone all together.

Imagine going to the zoo and seeing the last lion remaining in the world. How would you feel? Would you feel guilty that you hadn’t done anything to help? Would you even care?

Genesis 1:28 states “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

As human beings made by God’s hand, we are responsible for preserving His work displayed before us.  By allowing these animals to die out, we are sinning by abusing the trust put in us by the Lord.

It is not nature lessening the lion population. Activities such as trophy hunting and “canned hunting” play a large role in the lions’ demise.

“Canned hunting” is what hunters call taking lions in and breeding them just so the cubs can grow and be slaughtered once they reach adulthood.

“The facts are these lions are declining at such a pace. We will have nothing left in a few years. [sic]” said Walking for Lions (WFL) founder, Marcus Roodbol.

There are several ways to donate to many organizations around the globe to help save the lions. All it takes is one click. Will you make a difference?

For more information:
http://www.timeslife.co.za/scitech/2013/04/15/wild-lion-nearing-extinction?

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/jun/03/canned-huntiing/lions/bred/slaughter

http://www.walkingforlions.org/

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