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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: 64,401
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


Jul 7, 2015 Kevin Martel
Jul 6, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 6, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 6, 2015 Judy Goldman
Jul 6, 2015 Linda Hacke
Jul 6, 2015 thomas murray
Jul 6, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 6, 2015 Joanne Wisden
Jul 6, 2015 LINDA TAKATA
Jul 6, 2015 Patti Mealy
Jul 6, 2015 Jennifer Haverkamp
Jul 6, 2015 Karen Durnin
Jul 6, 2015 Mary A Leon I have a DEEP LOVE for LIONS (my last name is Spanish for LION (LEON). If we do NOTHING, LIONS will become EXTINCT (the United States also has to STOP allowing the trade and sale of EXOTIC CATS so they can return to the WILD where they BELONG.
Jul 6, 2015 sharon lloyd
Jul 6, 2015 Britney Bergum
Jul 6, 2015 Kathryn Pierce
Jul 6, 2015 Dannielle Jaeger
Jul 6, 2015 Joy Lawrence
Jul 6, 2015 Deborha Schmitt
Jul 6, 2015 Marina Cosenza
Jul 6, 2015 Claudia Branham
Jul 6, 2015 Karen Slyman
Jul 6, 2015 Janet Lyons-Fairbanks
Jul 6, 2015 Diane Poole Please protect these magnificent animals!!!
Jul 6, 2015 holly maticic
Jul 6, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 6, 2015 Jo-Ann Savoia
Jul 6, 2015 Antonia Powell
Jul 6, 2015 Sarah Brown President Obama says he cares about conservation so the USA should get behind it's President and stop these vile things happening to animals worldwide. Trophy hunting should be banned, it is sickening.
Jul 6, 2015 Shirley Sorenson
Jul 6, 2015 Toby Savoie
Jul 6, 2015 CHERYL PETERSON
Jul 6, 2015 Katharina Haimel
Jul 6, 2015 Alma Chan
Jul 5, 2015 Teri Dillon
Jul 5, 2015 L. sempf Who gave anyone the Right in the first place to destroy a species?? That should be heftily fined with jail term! This must have 'Intelligent' Leadership in place Right Now!
Jul 5, 2015 lori lusk
Jul 5, 2015 Marie Tourville
Jul 5, 2015 Ruth Finkel This is not a sport, it's murder and it should be stopped.
Jul 5, 2015 Erica Bolliger
Jul 5, 2015 Richard Wallace No animal should be killed for sport.
Jul 5, 2015 J. R. Denis Levy Cats are God's gift to the human race - protect them!
Jul 5, 2015 karienne gauthier crone
Jul 5, 2015 Marion Ogden
Jul 5, 2015 (Name not displayed) I hope they get what's coming to them if they continue to be hard - hearted against THE LIVING ALMIGHTY GOD'S CREATIONS -- sport hunting be banned !!!!!!!!!!!! ENDANGERED SPECIES & THERE'S ALOT OF THEM CAUSE OF CERTAIN PEOPLES'S IGNORANCE -MAY THEY BE PRO
Jul 5, 2015 Robert Quay Aside from the fact that hunters have ego problems there is no excuse for their stupidity, but someone has to tell them no more hunting- take your Porsche out to the racetrack instead.
Jul 4, 2015 (Name not displayed) Enough is enough...conservation not annihilation...
Jul 4, 2015 Carol Clarke
Jul 4, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 4, 2015 (Name not displayed) Ban this now!

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