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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: 55,732
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


Sep 1, 2014 monica gagliardo
Sep 1, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 1, 2014 Nancy Topping
Sep 1, 2014 Nicole Hamling
Sep 1, 2014 Kathryn Bessega
Sep 1, 2014 Jeri Gloss
Sep 1, 2014 Bethany Wood
Sep 1, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 1, 2014 Nichola Stronach
Sep 1, 2014 Barbara Hudson This is Game Hunting Gone Wrong!
Sep 1, 2014 Anita Burnett
Sep 1, 2014 Jean Neal
Sep 1, 2014 chelsea lewis
Sep 1, 2014 Julie Bower
Sep 1, 2014 (Name not displayed) How pathetic to think that these people can think they are in any way skilled! They are weakness personified to shoot these creatures with a gun. I would love to meet these idiots and the IUCN in person and see what sort of idiots they are!
Sep 1, 2014 Rebecca Malone
Sep 1, 2014 laura gilbert
Sep 1, 2014 Sophie Zeegers
Sep 1, 2014 erin precythe
Sep 1, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 1, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 1, 2014 Marta Alves
Sep 1, 2014 Rachel Christensen
Sep 1, 2014 brenda sanchez
Sep 1, 2014 BRANDEE ADAMS THERE IS NO REASON....LET THEM ALONE ~ NO MORE TROPHIES!!!
Sep 1, 2014 Catherine Nation I hope this helps save LIONS and other wild animals that have a right to LIVE
Sep 1, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 1, 2014 Mark Ruedy They must be protected. There is no valid reason to kill them.
Sep 1, 2014 Marty Deason-Fahling
Sep 1, 2014 Anna Brown Trophy hunting...what for! For wankers, that's who it's for...maybe we should trophy hunt them!!!!!!!
Sep 1, 2014 Louise Roche
Sep 1, 2014 Xavier Borsato
Sep 1, 2014 Bonnie Breckenridge Individuals who trophy hunt are in fact pathetic cowards. They achieve their self-worth by killing these beautiful creatures. Please place African Lions on the ENDANGERED species list and provide them ENFORCED protection accordingly.
Sep 1, 2014 Jane Rhodus
Sep 1, 2014 William Mc Guire
Sep 1, 2014 Toni Ridge
Sep 1, 2014 vanessa lopez
Sep 1, 2014 Andrea Newman
Sep 1, 2014 Athena Augustinos
Sep 1, 2014 jeff brock
Sep 1, 2014 mederic bourgue
Sep 1, 2014 Mary Tonks Game hunts should be outlawed!
Sep 1, 2014 Bob Gregerton
Sep 1, 2014 Ashley Van Ness
Sep 1, 2014 Tracy Jones No Animal should ever be allowed to be used for trophy hunting people who do this are on an ego trip it is a disgrace
Sep 1, 2014 astrid hilfer Please protect the animals -- especially those that fall prey to trophy hunters who only kill them for their heads or skins. How sick is that.
Sep 1, 2014 Amanda English
Sep 1, 2014 Artur Silva
Sep 1, 2014 richie donegan
Sep 1, 2014 michele chartier

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