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On 8/8/2014 we mailed 53,164 signatures to Director General Julia Marton-Lefevre, the head of the International Union for Conservation of Nature. While we wait for a response from them, please continue to sign and share this petition to show your support for vulnerable species everywhere!
Goal: 80,000 Progress: 60,899
Sponsored by: The Rainforest Site

Tell the International Union for Conservation of Nature that vulnerable species shouldn't be allowed in game hunts.

Many people mistakenly and understandably think that lions are considered an endangered species. Lions have become extinct in 26 countries. Only seven countries – Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe – are believed to contain more than 1,000 lions each. Despite this fact, they are still only classified as a "vulnerable species" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the governing body that determines such categorizations, and by extension, whether certain protections are put in place for a species.

Between 1999 and 2008, 64% of the 5,663 lions that were killed in the African wild for sport ended up as trophies back in the United States. While arguments that the hefty fees associated with the permits to hunt these magnificent creatures can offset the costs of conservation efforts, the risk of this leading to eventual extinction is a real threat. Because prime male lions are often the most coveted trophies, the process places entire prides at risk by disrupting the species’ complex social structure. Prime male lions are the primary protectors of females and cubs, and a decrease in their population places the rest of the family in a truly vulnerable position. Killing the strongest and most fit lions also removes the best genes from the pool, weakening the species as a whole.

It's time to ensure that animals classified as "vulnerable" are truly protected. Tell the IUCN that trophy hunters should not be allowed to target vulnerable species.

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Dear Director General Julia Marton-Lefevre:

I believe the time has come to actively re-evaluate the protections we offer to vulnerable species. Your recommendations have such a powerful influence on how these decisions are made, and you are in an actionable position to increase the protection of truly vulnerable species, such as the African lion, a creature being ruthlessly hunted towards "endangered" status every year.

Many people mistakenly and understandably think that lions are considered an endangered species. Lions have become extinct in 26 countries. Despite this fact, they are still only classified as a "vulnerable species" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

While arguments that the hefty fees associated with the permits to hunt these magnificent creatures can offset the costs of conservation efforts, the risk of this leading to eventual extinction is a real threat. Because prime male lions are often the most coveted trophies, the process places entire prides at risk by disrupting the species' complex social structure. Prime male lions are the primary protectors of females and cubs, and their death places the rest of the family in a truly vulnerable position. Killing the strongest and most fit lions also removes the best genes from the pool, weakening the species as a whole.

Animals that are classified as "vulnerable" should be truly protected. Please change the legal status of "vulnerable" to prevent trophy hunters from targeting animals with precarious situations. Please consider addressing this urgent matter before you step down in 2014.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Mar 5, 2015 fulvio cessari
Mar 5, 2015 (Name not displayed) please do all you can to help these most beautiful animals from and discussing and unnecessary death!
Mar 5, 2015 Ruhi Thallon Lions are the largest predators in Africa and are essential to the balance of the ecosystem. This is a cruel and inhumane act and I urge you to stop trophy hunting which should be outlawed all together and carry heavy punishments.
Mar 5, 2015 John Arguell
Mar 5, 2015 m. cecilia dallari
Mar 5, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 4, 2015 Pamela Unger
Mar 4, 2015 William Reamy
Mar 4, 2015 Christy Giesick
Mar 4, 2015 teseo staffilani
Mar 4, 2015 Gary Shaffer
Mar 3, 2015 Amália Maria Nunes
Mar 3, 2015 Victoria Peyser
Mar 3, 2015 Paula Eaton
Mar 2, 2015 pamela guyon
Mar 1, 2015 Niina Turunen
Mar 1, 2015 Suzanne Twohig Does man mistakenly believe we are the only mammal that counts. All animals need protection from man's greedy follies
Feb 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 28, 2015 Melissa Marsico
Feb 28, 2015 Michaela Bartkova
Feb 28, 2015 Carol Marsh
Feb 28, 2015 Shirlene Pryde
Feb 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 27, 2015 David Bland
Feb 27, 2015 Rosalind Higginson
Feb 27, 2015 Daniela Wever
Feb 27, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 27, 2015 Rita Massih
Feb 27, 2015 steven rothstein
Feb 27, 2015 bernadette porter
Feb 27, 2015 C. Cadwell
Feb 27, 2015 Dawn Orahood
Feb 27, 2015 daniele rispal
Feb 27, 2015 Sherry Frey-Brown
Feb 27, 2015 Rebecca Moon-Williams
Feb 27, 2015 Nancy Newman
Feb 27, 2015 Carla Schneider Despicable entitled men think this is fine. How about put them on the business end of a hunter's gun?
Feb 27, 2015 (Name not displayed) Stop allowing these magnificent creatures to be pillaged for profit. There are other ways to benefit from their presence - photography tours, nature tours. Treat these exquisite creatures with the respect they deserve.
Feb 27, 2015 Diane Russell
Feb 27, 2015 deborah parker
Feb 27, 2015 Suzanette Hancock
Feb 26, 2015 Shannon Erickson
Feb 26, 2015 Rebekah King
Feb 26, 2015 shara kent
Feb 26, 2015 Cyntthia Wilcox
Feb 26, 2015 michelle andy
Feb 26, 2015 robert wiehemeijer
Feb 25, 2015 Leyre Sanchez
Feb 25, 2015 Elise Buffie
Feb 24, 2015 Gabrielle Bueno

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