World Lion Day: Live Twitter #IFAWLionQandA with our resident expert, advocate

IFAW has long been a leader in advocacy for the welfare and conservation of the African Lion.Saddened by the trending news of #CeciltheLion’s horrific demise?

Confused by the status of the lion under the US Endangered Species Act and laws that govern trophy hunting and the importation of trophies into the United States?

Inspired by the impassioned advocacy of International Fund for Animal Welfare’s North American Regional Director Jeff Flocken, who is the most sought-after voice in the fight against trophy hunting and saving the African Lion from the brink of extinction?

Then make your voice heard by joining the conversation on Twitter.

We are offering our Twitter followers the unique chance to speak to Jeff directly through a live roundtable at 1 pm ET on Monday, August 10, #WorldLionDay. Please follow @action4ifaw on Twitter, send your questions to Jeff with the hashtag #IFAWLionQ&A, spread the word of this event through retweets, FB posts, and watch the conversation unfold live. @action4ifaw will moderate; Jeff will be responding via the DC Twitter handle, @IFAWDC.

IFAW has long been a leader in advocacy for the welfare and conservation of the African Lion.

We have long been an opponent of trophy hunting of all species. Trophy hunting is unnecessary, unethical and often cruel; a long established principle of ours is that all animals, imperiled or not, should not be hunted for trophies. It may be a fine distinction to some, but it is one in which we, as an animal welfare organization, are clear.

Even in the wake of the Cecil the Lion tragedy and the barrage of media coverage that ensued worldwide, people newly interested in the topic may not be knowledgeable of all the work IFAW has done to protect Panthera leo, whether it be:

IFAW’s habitat work in Tsavo, Meru and Amboseli National parks in Kenya has benefited elephants, lions and other wildlife.

Jeff leads a team of legislative professionals advocating for US policy initiatives on wildlife conservation and animal welfare from IFAW’s Washington, D.C office. His work addresses improving government involvement with wildlife conservation and animal welfare issues within the U.S. and internationally.

Here are some Tweets directing followers to Jeff’s many appearances on international media regarding Cecil the Lion:

Send your questions, then join us on Monday.

I’ll be there as well. Hope to see you in the discussion.

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Tell the USFWS to immediately stop imports of lion trophies and to finalize its proposal to list the African lion under the US Endangered Species Act.

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Grace Ge Gabriel, Regional Director, Asia
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Jeffrey Flocken, Regional Director, North America
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Peter LaFontaine, Campaigns Manager, IFAW Washington, D.C.
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Tania McCrea-Steele, International Project Manager, Wildlife Crime
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