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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


Jul 1, 2016 Kristin Womack
Jun 30, 2016 Molly B.H No other species of any animal hunts for sport, only a certain species of human does.
Jun 28, 2016 Kathy Leichter
Jun 27, 2016 Martina Trunk
Jun 26, 2016 Paul Morse
Jun 25, 2016 Kim Fry
Jun 24, 2016 Pamela Porter Please keep wealthy people from being able to hunt these majestic animals! These beautiful creatures are not toys. Thank you.
Jun 24, 2016 Katrina Shortridge
Jun 24, 2016 Kathleen Shann
Jun 23, 2016 Alexander Yeung
Jun 23, 2016 Nicola Lane
Jun 23, 2016 Colleen Olson
Jun 23, 2016 patsy van cleemput
Jun 22, 2016 CHRIS KULCZAK
Jun 22, 2016 Samantha Schuler
Jun 22, 2016 jeanette wilcox
Jun 21, 2016 pablo bazaes Save the lions!
Jun 21, 2016 april donovan Trophy hunting is ridiculous and everyone should be jailed for doing so! WHY THE FUCK ARENT THESE SICK PEOPLE IN JAIL?
Jun 20, 2016 Anne W Stop this nasty activity which you cannot even call "sport".
Jun 19, 2016 aida javaherian
Jun 19, 2016 Dr. Connell Walker
Jun 19, 2016 Angela Jensen
Jun 19, 2016 Eileen Kulp
Jun 18, 2016 Teresa Wright
Jun 18, 2016 Bruce Batchelor
Jun 16, 2016 Sarah Robbins
Jun 16, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jun 16, 2016 gabriele jefferson
Jun 14, 2016 MORERA Valérie
Jun 14, 2016 Stephanie Davis
Jun 14, 2016 Алексей Жезлов
Jun 13, 2016 Magdalena Czeblakow
Jun 13, 2016 Dat Tran
Jun 13, 2016 Valery Rhodes
Jun 13, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jun 12, 2016 Paulene Edwards
Jun 10, 2016 牧瀬 千佳
Jun 10, 2016 Melinda Robbins
Jun 10, 2016 Karina Otero Half-Earth Project - eowilsonfoundation.org - Respect nature! Respect life! Respect yourself! - Thanks!
Jun 10, 2016 Mariangela Monterisi
Jun 10, 2016 Bobbee Murr End this murderous madness now. Lions have a right to life, and belong on Earth.
Jun 8, 2016 katrina larkin
Jun 8, 2016 Frances Surratt
Jun 7, 2016 James Self NO ONE needs another trophy to hang on their wall. Instead, they should hang a professional photo!
Jun 7, 2016 natalia ilina
Jun 7, 2016 Melissa McTague
Jun 7, 2016 marina aivaliotis
Jun 6, 2016 Robert Reed
Jun 6, 2016 Nancy Fleming
Jun 6, 2016 Mimi Ngo

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