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The world was shocked when a wealthy American hunter, Walter Palmer, illegally killed and beheaded Cecil, a beloved and friendly lion for "sport." Cecil was lured off the wildlife preserve where he lived and murdered for Palmer's entertainment. Lions continue to be subjected to these needless hunts that stroke hunter's egos while devastating prides. Sign today to show your disgust with the barbaric practice of trophy hunting.
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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 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


Feb 11, 2016 Shobana Patrick
Feb 11, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Feb 11, 2016 NADINE SPANIER
Feb 11, 2016 Ros Brown
Feb 11, 2016 Patricia Hall If anyone in America loves lions and other beautiful animals and are thinking of voting for Trump - please take a look at the photos of his 'proud' sons gloating over all the dead animals they have murdered.
Feb 11, 2016 Nigel Hall Lions and other wild animals should be protected from these cowardly maniacs. Lions must be placed on the 'endangered species' list. The hunting of these beautiful animals must be banned.
Feb 11, 2016 Marie Armandy
Feb 11, 2016 Jan Obzera
Feb 10, 2016 Sandra Knight Now that we consider public hanging inappropriate, maybe we can work on evolving beyond legal carnage of beautiful, nearly extinct species.
Feb 10, 2016 anna lygoe We are the stewards of this earth not the exploiters of it.
Feb 10, 2016 Gillian Shults
Feb 10, 2016 Valerie Jarvie
Feb 10, 2016 Jane Masters
Feb 10, 2016 Kathleen Shann
Feb 10, 2016 catherine szabelski
Feb 10, 2016 Roya Talezadeh
Feb 9, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Feb 8, 2016 Shayna Hirshfield
Feb 7, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Feb 7, 2016 Janna Doebler
Feb 7, 2016 Carole Filipak
Feb 6, 2016 Patricia Morgan
Feb 6, 2016 Irene Roos
Feb 6, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Feb 5, 2016 Ian Lark
Feb 5, 2016 Natan Rai
Feb 5, 2016 Babette Lewis No longer does humanity need to kill innocent wild animals for ANY reason, especially for selfish, ego or monetary gain.
Feb 5, 2016 Adelaide Monteiro
Feb 5, 2016 Rachael Kuhaneck This goes without saying!
Feb 5, 2016 Cory Rickerson
Feb 5, 2016 Kerube Gonzalez
Feb 5, 2016 Anne Cooper It is time to stop the senseless killing.
Feb 3, 2016 Jessica Robinson
Feb 3, 2016 Jamie Losee
Feb 3, 2016 Jaimee Duke
Feb 3, 2016 Elizabeth Marsland
Feb 2, 2016 Paola Merlo
Feb 2, 2016 Ginny Shaller Lions are magnificent animals that care deeply about members of their herd. When a elephsnt dies its family mourns its death just like you would if you lost a family member. Why cause terrible pain for the ego of the trophy hunter! Ban trophy hunting!!
Feb 2, 2016 Kasia Richer-Jurasze it's so incomprehensible that such a barbaric thing is even possible!!! I'm completely speechless, it's disgusting that you allow this!
Feb 2, 2016 Shamsiah Ahmad
Feb 1, 2016 Pam Novotny "Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains un-awakened." Anatole France Mahatma Gandhi: “You can judge the morality of a nation by the way the society treats its animals.”         
Feb 1, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Feb 1, 2016 Urvija Apparao
Jan 31, 2016 (Name not displayed) Thank you soooo much for making this petition
Jan 31, 2016 Erin Johnson
Jan 30, 2016 Christina Gadbury
Jan 30, 2016 Richard Taylor
Jan 30, 2016 Helan Waywell
Jan 30, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jan 30, 2016 (Name not displayed)

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