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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: 61,146
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 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 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


Apr 21, 2015 Miranda Van Grevengoed
Apr 21, 2015 Chin Ling Ko
Apr 20, 2015 Patricia Brown
Apr 20, 2015 Cristy Christensen
Apr 19, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 19, 2015 Marco Brinckmann
Apr 19, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 19, 2015 Carol Nason these practices cannot be tolerated
Apr 19, 2015 angelique manen
Apr 18, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 18, 2015 Robnett Romero
Apr 18, 2015 Alison Harvey
Apr 18, 2015 Karen Pecsok
Apr 17, 2015 Haley Steinhoff
Apr 16, 2015 Brenda Gaul
Apr 16, 2015 Deja Brown
Apr 16, 2015 Teresa Vargas
Apr 16, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 16, 2015 andrea howard
Apr 16, 2015 Kerrie Harrison
Apr 16, 2015 Detelina Guecheva
Apr 15, 2015 Viola White
Apr 15, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 15, 2015 ashley bartley
Apr 15, 2015 Debra Zamudio
Apr 15, 2015 Gilberte Thonnard
Apr 15, 2015 Jo-ann Tellado
Apr 15, 2015 stephanie marleau
Apr 15, 2015 Alexandra Bechter
Apr 15, 2015 Monika Alcorn
Apr 15, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 15, 2015 Virginie Viart
Apr 15, 2015 kathy bowman
Apr 15, 2015 John Handley
Apr 15, 2015 TIMOTHY KINKEAD OMG - WHAT WOULD AFRICA LOOK LIKE WITH OUT THESE MAJESTIC ANIMALS??
Apr 15, 2015 Teri Manno
Apr 14, 2015 melanie lunn
Apr 14, 2015 hakan turk killing is not a sport!
Apr 14, 2015 marianna guseva
Apr 13, 2015 Emily Dicks
Apr 13, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 13, 2015 Tesla van Bruggen
Apr 13, 2015 Reza Zadahmad
Apr 12, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 12, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 12, 2015 Mary Beth Naughton
Apr 12, 2015 Michele Cacano
Apr 11, 2015 Laura Wieland
Apr 11, 2015 Yvette Chopty Animals do NOT exist for humans' entertainment. Shame on those that think it does.
Apr 11, 2015 Anra Piv

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