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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


Aug 3, 2015 simone molinari
Aug 3, 2015 Adriana Vivas None animal should be hunt in this barbaric way
Aug 3, 2015 Lucrezia Guerrera
Aug 3, 2015 diana vaz
Aug 3, 2015 andrea fry
Aug 3, 2015 Irina Ivanova
Aug 3, 2015 Asfa Aman
Aug 3, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 3, 2015 Shaneen Barnes
Aug 3, 2015 Ursula Wilkinson This was so tragic. Walter Palmer should never be allowed to hunt anywhere in the world ever. He should be punished severely. He is a sick, sadistic moron who does not respect life.
Aug 3, 2015 Livia Venturini
Aug 3, 2015 Francine Traniello
Aug 3, 2015 Evi FRAGKOUDAKI
Aug 3, 2015 Keiko suzuki
Aug 3, 2015 Melanie Marie Marbach
Aug 3, 2015 laurel watson Poachers should get the death penalty.
Aug 3, 2015 Giselle O'Reilly
Aug 3, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 3, 2015 (Name not displayed) As long as trpphy hunting is allowed, I will boycott all countries which allow such treachery. And breeding innocent animals in cages for the purpose of hunting can not be tolerated either.
Aug 3, 2015 Elisa Omarini
Aug 3, 2015 Louise Fraioli
Aug 3, 2015 Nicci Prokopos
Aug 3, 2015 Helen Potter
Aug 3, 2015 Karen Slater
Aug 3, 2015 MARIA JESUS GUILLEN
Aug 3, 2015 Doris Rauh
Aug 3, 2015 Len Nunez
Aug 3, 2015 Charmaine Duncan How can you call this "SPORT" it's nothing of the sort!
Aug 3, 2015 naima di cicco
Aug 3, 2015 L Jones
Aug 3, 2015 Anke Zimmermann
Aug 3, 2015 Hélène kaffy
Aug 3, 2015 Vincent Maguire
Aug 3, 2015 Carla Casaca
Aug 3, 2015 Judith Statham ALL animals should be protected from cowardly trophy hunters, not just vulnerable species. Hunting for 'fun' should be classified as a criminal activity not a sport.
Aug 3, 2015 Edith Molocher
Aug 3, 2015 William Barratt
Aug 3, 2015 federica grassi
Aug 3, 2015 s p
Aug 3, 2015 Cathy Helling
Aug 3, 2015 april evans
Aug 3, 2015 Tuulia Pennanen
Aug 3, 2015 Paul Mobley Protect all wild animals from "sport" hunting!
Aug 3, 2015 Shaun Blackadder
Aug 3, 2015 Kim Marsden How can someone be so cruel as to do this to another living creature. I hope everybody around the world is pulling together to stop these monsters doing it again. Let's do this for Cecil and all other poor defenceless animals
Aug 3, 2015 Beate Gültig
Aug 3, 2015 Simon Ford
Aug 3, 2015 Денис Темиров
Aug 3, 2015 angela lovett
Aug 3, 2015 Максим Андреев

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