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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: 59,097
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


Oct 25, 2014 Grace Hernandez
Oct 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 25, 2014 Gwendolyn Brown
Oct 25, 2014 Kimberly Mclaughlin
Oct 25, 2014 Laurent Legrand It must stop for respect for animals!
Oct 25, 2014 SHEILAH LUTHI
Oct 25, 2014 Crickett Miller
Oct 24, 2014 Maureen McCoy
Oct 24, 2014 Fanny Lerner
Oct 24, 2014 Martha Sellers Lions are a vanishing species! They will not exist in 20 years if we don't help them! PLEASE help!
Oct 24, 2014 Karen Netzer
Oct 24, 2014 j millington
Oct 24, 2014 Julie Bowen
Oct 24, 2014 Gina Freitas
Oct 24, 2014 Andrea Moore
Oct 24, 2014 m r
Oct 24, 2014 Sharon McCabe
Oct 24, 2014 Elsa Echegaray
Oct 24, 2014 Florenta Sancraian
Oct 24, 2014 ANN WILLIAMS
Oct 24, 2014 Sandra Sherman
Oct 23, 2014 Vicki Hanson
Oct 23, 2014 Paula Pillatzki
Oct 23, 2014 Tammy Hopman
Oct 23, 2014 CORINNE GRONDIN
Oct 23, 2014 CLAIRE GROSSI
Oct 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 22, 2014 christine zannoni
Oct 22, 2014 Michael Haskell
Oct 22, 2014 laureen laureen
Oct 22, 2014 Jordi Estruells Chirivella
Oct 22, 2014 karine auvray
Oct 22, 2014 joelle barrrier
Oct 22, 2014 sylvie roche
Oct 22, 2014 patricia bayle
Oct 22, 2014 Clarette Wenta
Oct 22, 2014 Lenka Mašková
Oct 22, 2014 James Brown
Oct 22, 2014 sabine coutreel charron
Oct 22, 2014 June Berkhimer
Oct 22, 2014 Helen Ball
Oct 22, 2014 Alena Pimyakova
Oct 22, 2014 Laura Petit
Oct 22, 2014 christophe moura
Oct 22, 2014 Patricia Delabays
Oct 22, 2014 carole leroux
Oct 22, 2014 christine Marsal
Oct 22, 2014 Dianne Dulat A permanent ban on lion trophy should be adhered to...lions are not commodities they are on earth for a valid reason and require our protection.
Oct 22, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 21, 2014 hilda lageat

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