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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: 56,917
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


Sep 17, 2014 David Paul Rosato it is important to keep in place the regulations to protect endangered as well as threate species in the hopes that they will rebound and populations grow !!!
Sep 17, 2014 Diana Nicolas Trophy hunting should never be allowed with any animal. Animals are living breathing beings trying to survive, just like us, not so called trophies!
Sep 17, 2014 Antonella Ciambella
Sep 17, 2014 Maureen Brown
Sep 17, 2014 RD Jenkins
Sep 17, 2014 Hélène Szczépaniak
Sep 17, 2014 Karina Gutierrez
Sep 17, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 17, 2014 Nancy Wein
Sep 17, 2014 James Morry
Sep 17, 2014 Debra Brootkowski-Bruno
Sep 17, 2014 CAROLLE PELLETIER
Sep 17, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 17, 2014 Angela Brooke-Ward Lions as with all animals are an important part of the natural cycle of life on our planet. They are not here for rich cowardly trophy hunters to kill. . Hunting is not the way forward to conserve...leaving them to live a natural live is!
Sep 17, 2014 Anna Kovács
Sep 17, 2014 Heidi Scott
Sep 17, 2014 (Name not displayed) Please end the senseless act of trophy hunting. Killing of any sort is not 'trophy' worthy.
Sep 17, 2014 Federico Bortoletto
Sep 17, 2014 Jim Purss
Sep 17, 2014 lisa albamonte
Sep 17, 2014 Ioannis Vasilas
Sep 17, 2014 maria solitro
Sep 16, 2014 Nature Alive Mankind is not the only animal that laughs, cries, thinks, feels and loves. The sooner we acknowledge our emotional beings, the sooner we will cease destroying animals and embrace them as our brothers and sisters.
Sep 16, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 16, 2014 christina robles
Sep 16, 2014 (Name not displayed) It is time for the hides of the trophy hunters to be put on display!!
Sep 16, 2014 Hieu Buu
Sep 16, 2014 Leah Cox
Sep 16, 2014 vicki Anderson
Sep 16, 2014 Rocio Ungaro
Sep 16, 2014 Jessi Antle Biologically unsound practice.
Sep 16, 2014 Madi Mehrad
Sep 16, 2014 Marion Oldham
Sep 16, 2014 Emile Hiesiger
Sep 16, 2014 Anwar Hussain Plz stop trophy hunter stop cruelty .
Sep 16, 2014 Jim Reynolds
Sep 16, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 16, 2014 Suzanne a'Becket
Sep 16, 2014 Erica Borremans
Sep 16, 2014 sesame fowler
Sep 16, 2014 Cynthia Sherman-Jones
Sep 16, 2014 carolina hasbun
Sep 16, 2014 Salita Chanthara
Sep 16, 2014 Bonnie Tielens
Sep 16, 2014 Mary Shaw
Sep 16, 2014 Alla ~~ Cruel people
Sep 16, 2014 Hennie Bezuidenhout Ban hunting!!
Sep 16, 2014 Robert Kennedy
Sep 16, 2014 Jacklyn Palmer Do the right thing!
Sep 16, 2014 Tamyê Silva

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