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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: 60,202
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


Dec 20, 2014 Marie Halvorsen This is just unexceptable and heartbreaking.
Dec 19, 2014 Kathleens Stephens
Dec 19, 2014 Slava Radaković
Dec 19, 2014 Sue Hickford
Dec 19, 2014 Roy Green
Dec 19, 2014 dorothee rossi
Dec 19, 2014 Pablo Vázquez
Dec 19, 2014 Steve Turner
Dec 18, 2014 Elizabeth Punch
Dec 18, 2014 Carol Everest
Dec 18, 2014 Marci McKenna
Dec 18, 2014 Carol Ignaczak
Dec 18, 2014 Codi Stoddard-Courtright
Dec 17, 2014 (Name not displayed) Our vulnerable animals must be protected
Dec 17, 2014 Cia Martins We can only hope to better the world for ourselves, if we take the time to better the world itself. Ignorance is the only thing that keeps us safe, when we lose our wildlife, we will finally be aware of the dangers losing them possesses.
Dec 17, 2014 rebecca koo
Dec 17, 2014 Diana Dolloff
Dec 17, 2014 Francesco Rome
Dec 17, 2014 dean campbell
Dec 17, 2014 Mirella Rothengatter
Dec 17, 2014 popescu afrodita
Dec 16, 2014 tammy mortensen
Dec 16, 2014 salmah sani
Dec 16, 2014 rossana arato
Dec 16, 2014 Samantha Winfield
Dec 16, 2014 Nicole Jackson This practice is absolutely disgusting and must end now!
Dec 16, 2014 Olivia Ramirez
Dec 16, 2014 vara dionne
Dec 16, 2014 Kara Bartoy
Dec 16, 2014 Bianca Beyer
Dec 16, 2014 Maria Draak
Dec 16, 2014 Rafal Paciorek
Dec 16, 2014 (Name not displayed) The lions should be protected, not hunted for sport.
Dec 16, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 16, 2014 Ineke Allis-Sicherer
Dec 16, 2014 Evelyn Hazzard
Dec 16, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 16, 2014 des heck please save these beautiful creatures!!!
Dec 16, 2014 Eliza Jaroszkiewicz it's time to protect wild animlas!!!! - no more killing these inocent creatures!
Dec 16, 2014 Tabatha Phillips Really shouldn't kill animals unless you are doing it to feed your family or you are in danger of being hurt by them.
Dec 16, 2014 engelina gielen
Dec 16, 2014 Lorraine Lima
Dec 16, 2014 Laurence Loviat
Dec 16, 2014 Paula Kaye There is *no* justifiable reason for this kind of killing - *ever*!
Dec 16, 2014 Ella Lentos
Dec 16, 2014 Keren Gear
Dec 16, 2014 Maureen Scott
Dec 16, 2014 Carol Cracchiolo
Dec 16, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 16, 2014 Josanne Dodd

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