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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: 59,789
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


Nov 28, 2014 Cynthia Wilder Leave hunting, when necessary, to the Massai and other people groups whose lives depend on it.
Nov 28, 2014 shaun bryan
Nov 28, 2014 Rita Szentgyorgyi
Nov 28, 2014 Cati Puig
Nov 28, 2014 lee o brien
Nov 28, 2014 Deborah Allen
Nov 28, 2014 Rebecca Wong
Nov 28, 2014 Kendra Pringle Our world is falling apart. Soon our children will only be able to see these magnificent animals of the world in books through pictures or as stuffed animals in museums. Do you want your future generations to have that? All over one person's greed?
Nov 28, 2014 chevreau bernadette Il est nécessaire de protéger les lions et les animaux en général
Nov 28, 2014 helen thorne
Nov 28, 2014 marie paule charvet vioujard
Nov 28, 2014 nadine lemoine j'espère que vous serez agir en conséquence
Nov 28, 2014 viviane Rochet arrêtez le massacre !!!!
Nov 28, 2014 Roberta Olivieri
Nov 28, 2014 Jocelyn Koopmann The African Lion needs to be cared for, but now not when people realize its too late. Thank you.
Nov 28, 2014 Ted Williams
Nov 28, 2014 delval anne
Nov 27, 2014 Tanija Pulsts
Nov 27, 2014 Susan Flynn
Nov 27, 2014 C.A. Kuderle
Nov 27, 2014 jérôme dron
Nov 27, 2014 Rachel Outman beautiful beautiful animals and I don't want them disappearingall this hunting needs to stop its pathetic and sad
Nov 27, 2014 Orlando Olmo
Nov 27, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 27, 2014 Cherry Battaglia
Nov 27, 2014 Andrea Goldsmiyh
Nov 27, 2014 Karen Taylor Zero Tolerance for this sick & cruel behaviour. Personally, I think anyone who does this should be locked up for life. To take any life without remorse has to be a sickness, serial killers!
Nov 27, 2014 Rachel hess
Nov 27, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 27, 2014 Lori Thompson
Nov 27, 2014 Nancy Gullett
Nov 27, 2014 Dana Horniak
Nov 27, 2014 Carol MacDonald
Nov 27, 2014 Allison Frieze
Nov 27, 2014 isa zecchini
Nov 27, 2014 Laurie Herda
Nov 27, 2014 Barbara Borah
Nov 27, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 27, 2014 scott caulfield please protect all animals from the disgusting trophy hunting.
Nov 27, 2014 Mary Ball This is so important. These classifications were penned before we understood the things we now know.
Nov 27, 2014 kim HODDY I fail to comprehend why anyone would want to kill them for fun in the first place.
Nov 27, 2014 Jessica Poppler
Nov 27, 2014 Rose Hammond Hunting to feed your family is one thing, hunting for sport is a sad statement about humans.
Nov 27, 2014 susan mckee lions are beautiful, majestic creatures. Killing them endangers the species and is killing for killing sake as they are not even part of our food chain. Humans need to be humane.
Nov 27, 2014 Irma Monsalve
Nov 27, 2014 Karen Riddell
Nov 27, 2014 Herbert Harris
Nov 27, 2014 Amy Crane
Nov 27, 2014 Alexander Hutcheon
Nov 27, 2014 Brenda Jenkins

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