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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: 55,459
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


Aug 29, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 29, 2014 Fernanda Van Ysseldyk
Aug 29, 2014 Fernanda Van Ysseldyk
Aug 29, 2014 Bernadette Smith
Aug 29, 2014 Sharon Bangert
Aug 29, 2014 Lisa Wilkinson
Aug 29, 2014 Bert Bland
Aug 29, 2014 Helen Oggoian
Aug 29, 2014 Lyn N
Aug 29, 2014 Reshma Mohan
Aug 29, 2014 ToniLynn Manetta
Aug 29, 2014 Debbie Crosthwait
Aug 29, 2014 Lourie Chatfield Protect our Lions
Aug 29, 2014 Claudia Cavallo
Aug 29, 2014 Darlene Ross
Aug 29, 2014 Christy Chaney
Aug 29, 2014 Diane Thompson
Aug 29, 2014 Lara Klymus
Aug 29, 2014 Dale Gelfand
Aug 29, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 29, 2014 Janet Robinson
Aug 29, 2014 Carl Greenman
Aug 29, 2014 sukhpreet singh
Aug 29, 2014 akanksha narayan
Aug 28, 2014 Dawn Dowling
Aug 28, 2014 Edesa Warda
Aug 28, 2014 Jack and Margarita Denman
Aug 28, 2014 Sharon Lowe
Aug 28, 2014 madeline lavalle
Aug 28, 2014 Melissa Oyster
Aug 28, 2014 Sabrina Renault
Aug 28, 2014 Vilma Mengoli
Aug 28, 2014 jackie downes
Aug 28, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 28, 2014 Mary Bennett Trophy hunting?? What a shame. What kind of pleasure can be derived from that?
Aug 28, 2014 Sarah Barnhill
Aug 28, 2014 Sonia Bakhshi :'(
Aug 28, 2014 Eddie foster
Aug 28, 2014 Dianna Davis
Aug 28, 2014 Breena Williams
Aug 28, 2014 Linda Greenfield If YOU don't stop this VILE and DISGUSTING slaughter of these beautiful animals,then YOU,Director General Marton-Lefevre, will be JUST AS GUILTY of their COLD BLOODED MURDER same as those scum "hunters' are!!!!!
Aug 28, 2014 Simone Walk
Aug 27, 2014 Penelope Harris
Aug 27, 2014 Betty Wiliams
Aug 27, 2014 Barbara Rickus stop killing our wildlife!!!!! they need protection
Aug 27, 2014 Tiffany Wetzel
Aug 27, 2014 Mary Moghadam
Aug 27, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 27, 2014 Inger Kopf
Aug 27, 2014 julie wylie stop killing the animals and leave them alone

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