Avaaz is an organization promoting activism on a global scale. They have become involved in Australia’s ban on importing lion trophies as well as body parts. They have almost reached their goal of 10,000 petition signatures. The ban was placed by Greg Hunt who is the Federal Environment Minister. Senator David Leyonhjelm is opposing The ban. The ban was announced in March to stop the barbaric practice of canned hunting used by the industry.
Avaaz became involved because of the captivity of 8000 lions who will be forced into a canned hunt. There are currently less than 3000 lions left in the wild and they are in danger of being used for the rejuvenation of the captive lions. A precedent was set when Australia declared the diminishing lions in Africa as CITES Appendix 1 in the hopes the other countries would do the same. Avaaz is going before the Australian Senate in June to present their petition and their well founded concerns.
Avaaz wants the public to literally roar their concern that anyone would want Australia’s decision reversed yet this is what Senator Leyonhjelm hopes to accomplish. The Senator along with the Shooters & Fishers Party are trying to get the national parks in Australia to allow recreational hunters and want gun laws to be softer. Avaaz has taken up the cause to show canned hunting does not belong in a civilized society. They will not allow the animal parts from a dead lion to be hung on the wall when the species is currently facing extinction.
Numerous airlines are now refusing to transfer cargo consisting of trophy hunting. Avaaz believes future generations should have the ability to enjoy the beauty of the lions and they belong on the earth. When the members of Avaaz agreed the lions needed help they knew they would be there to try and protect them.