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Recent high-profile stories about trophy hunters such as television host Melissa Bachman and Jimmy John's owner Jimmy John Liautaud have created internet-fueled outrage over the practice. However, it remains perfectly legal. The only way to enact effective change is to petition for an underlying policy revision.
Goal: 60,000 Progress: 51,885
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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 ICUN 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. 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.

Please consider addressing this urgent matter before you step down in 2014.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Jul 30, 2014 Liliana Silvia Rodriguez
Jul 30, 2014 WENDY MORIN
Jul 30, 2014 Teresa Black
Jul 30, 2014 Catharine McEachern
Jul 30, 2014 N. Katayama
Jul 30, 2014 lucero maloney
Jul 30, 2014 Karen D Felts
Jul 30, 2014 Darshanie Ramjit
Jul 30, 2014 Chris Landman
Jul 30, 2014 Natalie Reed
Jul 30, 2014 Dawn Carter
Jul 30, 2014 Colette Winslow
Jul 30, 2014 Odette Alexandrian
Jul 30, 2014 Sandra Greene Consider what you will hunt after all the lions are gone, eventually it may be man himself.
Jul 30, 2014 dianna alourdas
Jul 30, 2014 Donna Clouser
Jul 30, 2014 Barbara Gordon It is outrageous that the brutal murder of these magnificent and rare animals continues! For Sport, no less! PLEASE PROTECT AND CHERISH OUR EXOTIC ANIMALS BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE!
Jul 29, 2014 Anika Lundkvist
Jul 29, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 29, 2014 Laurence Mong
Jul 29, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 29, 2014 jean Koroliszyn
Jul 29, 2014 Vida Berry
Jul 29, 2014 Carol De Hart
Jul 29, 2014 Kelly Harrald
Jul 29, 2014 Kathleen Neely
Jul 29, 2014 Georgia Koenig
Jul 29, 2014 Maretta Colvin
Jul 29, 2014 Emma Kessler
Jul 29, 2014 Ursula Waldeck
Jul 29, 2014 bonnie janelle
Jul 29, 2014 Koral Campbell
Jul 29, 2014 Ash Rawal
Jul 29, 2014 Monika Szczurek
Jul 29, 2014 stuart appleby
Jul 28, 2014 Ann Larcombe
Jul 28, 2014 catherine jobling
Jul 28, 2014 Sylvia Easton
Jul 28, 2014 Alan O'Brien
Jul 28, 2014 Huney Goh
Jul 28, 2014 Erica Williams
Jul 28, 2014 Kat Apichachaipong
Jul 28, 2014 Linda Mattice
Jul 28, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 28, 2014 Pam Wolf
Jul 28, 2014 Teresa Evans
Jul 28, 2014 Arash Kay
Jul 28, 2014 Lisa Peltier
Jul 28, 2014 Merity Pfotenhauer
Jul 28, 2014 Lisa Answeeney

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