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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


Sep 27, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 26, 2016 ashwin sewpersad
Sep 26, 2016 sharmini sewpersad
Sep 25, 2016 Neale Rundgren
Sep 25, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 25, 2016 Betty Arnall Trophy hunters is disgusting and should not be allowed.
Sep 24, 2016 Jeff Rogers
Sep 24, 2016 Jasmine Vaught Stop killing wildlife, just so you can get you picture taken like some big person with a gun. shame on you
Sep 24, 2016 Goffinet McLaren Anyone who shoots an innocent creature for a trophy is nothing more that a BULLY!
Sep 24, 2016 Patricia Stern
Sep 24, 2016 Carolyn Davis
Sep 23, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 23, 2016 stacey gledhill Lions are beautiful creatures there is no glory in paying to shoot a starving and abused animal, it amazes me this behaviour continues and every effort should be made to stop it
Sep 22, 2016 Marilyn Koff
Sep 22, 2016 SHAWN MACK
Sep 22, 2016 Aimee Finkelstein Please stop killing these magnificent animals. Lions are so important...they symbolize strength, beauty, dignity, and they symbolize Africa. Stop trophy killing and canned hunts.
Sep 22, 2016 Grace Nelson i loathe all forms of hunting there is just no need for any of it, if any animals become extinct then we can blame the hunters, they are nothing but morons the lot of them.
Sep 22, 2016 Mimi Ngo
Sep 22, 2016 arline lohli
Sep 22, 2016 DANIELLE GOERMAN
Sep 22, 2016 steven wiles
Sep 22, 2016 (Name not displayed) STOP killing these beautiful animals. Kill the hunters instead as there are too many of these assholes.
Sep 22, 2016 Allison Seet
Sep 20, 2016 Annie Morin
Sep 20, 2016 Chris Ekholm Protect the lions. Enough is enough. There is no fucking reason that subhumans need to kill lions. Morons!!!!!
Sep 19, 2016 Keith D'Alessandro
Sep 19, 2016 KIM ATROSH
Sep 18, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 16, 2016 Lejla Mulaomerovic Animal trophy hunting should be banned! We all want the world with tigers, elephants, rhinos etc. let's not let them go extinct!
Sep 16, 2016 Isabel Owen
Sep 16, 2016 Christine Hlushtchyk The killing of innocent animasl needs to STOP NOW!!! If hunters want to kill they should enlist in the military!
Sep 15, 2016 L. Wood Trophy hunters are the scum of the earth. All trophy hunting should be illegal and considered a felony.
Sep 15, 2016 Melissa Suarez
Sep 14, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 14, 2016 Lynn Hansen
Sep 14, 2016 jill specks
Sep 12, 2016 BEVERLEY HOLDEN
Sep 11, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 10, 2016 Sharon Sutton
Sep 9, 2016 Avis Segedy
Sep 9, 2016 Maria Molina
Sep 9, 2016 Debbie Russell
Sep 9, 2016 josilda dantas
Sep 9, 2016 Megan McFatter
Sep 8, 2016 Snazzy Jazzy Not to hurt our humble brethren is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough. We have a higher mission — to be of service to them wherever they require it." — Francis of Assisi
Sep 7, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 7, 2016 Sharron Duthie
Sep 6, 2016 Casey Pittman
Sep 5, 2016 Richard Svensson
Sep 5, 2016 Amber Swift

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