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Recent high-profile stories about trophy hunters such as television host Melissa Bachman and Jimmy John's owner Jimmy John Liautaud have created internet-fueled outrage over the practice. However, it remains perfectly legal. The only way to enact effective change is to petition for an underlying policy revision.
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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 speciesÂ’ 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 ICUN 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. 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.

Please consider addressing this urgent matter before you step down in 2014.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Apr 23, 2014 Rachel Nordine
Apr 23, 2014 debi logan
Apr 23, 2014 Michelle Triplett-Wilkerson
Apr 23, 2014 Paula Carrier
Apr 23, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 22, 2014 Kay Green
Apr 22, 2014 pamela shank
Apr 22, 2014 Lori Stiefermann
Apr 22, 2014 LaRee Nelson
Apr 22, 2014 Heidi Lundholm
Apr 22, 2014 Amanda Rieger
Apr 22, 2014 Linda Shaw
Apr 22, 2014 Littlebird Parks
Apr 22, 2014 Cheryl Heggerness
Apr 22, 2014 Beth Ann Pfeifer
Apr 22, 2014 kathy madison
Apr 22, 2014 Vera Terzopoulou
Apr 22, 2014 Laura Wefer
Apr 22, 2014 Tommy Dees
Apr 22, 2014 Britney Little
Apr 22, 2014 EMANUELE FRIONE Message for melissa bachman : do you understand italian language ? VAFFANCULO
Apr 21, 2014 Donna Gleaves Protect the African Lions.
Apr 21, 2014 Susan Murray
Apr 21, 2014 Rosana Mezrioui
Apr 21, 2014 LuAnn Kremer
Apr 21, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 21, 2014 Ramona Medina
Apr 21, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 21, 2014 Dawn Marie
Apr 20, 2014 N Siriwardena
Apr 20, 2014 Sheila McGorman
Apr 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 20, 2014 Monica Monserrate
Apr 20, 2014 Jillian Fuls
Apr 20, 2014 debby mckenzie
Apr 20, 2014 Danielle Durand
Apr 20, 2014 stephanie evers
Apr 20, 2014 Jimmy Jones STOP KILLING BIG CATS
Apr 20, 2014 Brandy Ramos
Apr 19, 2014 Ken Temple This has to STOP!! The King of the Jungle needs us NOW. Help stop human greed and ignorance!
Apr 19, 2014 Lauren cimino
Apr 19, 2014 Anne Stephens Please stop trophy killing.It is wrong!
Apr 19, 2014 DONNA TISCARENIO PLEASE PUT AN END TO THIS.
Apr 19, 2014 ester anderson
Apr 19, 2014 miss diaz
Apr 19, 2014 Gail Leadenham
Apr 19, 2014 Tanya MacDonald
Apr 19, 2014 Pamela Jones
Apr 19, 2014 sue Williams
Apr 19, 2014 Darilynn Mccoy

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