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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: 62,974
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


May 28, 2015 NANCY BILLINGS 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.
May 28, 2015 Selena Millman
May 28, 2015 Susan Bunn
May 28, 2015 Billie Orechovesky
May 28, 2015 Rita Dunn
May 28, 2015 Kaarina Moilanen
May 28, 2015 Maryam Ghosn
May 28, 2015 greta mertens
May 28, 2015 Nicole Bernhardt this is barbaric and needs to be stopped
May 27, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 27, 2015 Kaitlin Hoyt
May 27, 2015 maria welsh Please please please
May 27, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 27, 2015 Leandra Adams
May 27, 2015 hayley Pham
May 27, 2015 Kathleen Thompson
May 27, 2015 (Name not displayed) Stop it NOW
May 27, 2015 Nanette Schlarb
May 27, 2015 Andrea Holle
May 27, 2015 David Sickles
May 27, 2015 joanne denti
May 27, 2015 Terrie Waterstraut
May 27, 2015 Deborah Bunton sick people
May 27, 2015 Sherry La Trasse
May 27, 2015 Debra Trimble
May 27, 2015 Fran Fawcett
May 27, 2015 Susan Cox Only evil destroys God Creatures for fun,and God will destroy them
May 27, 2015 P T
May 27, 2015 Edel Prion
May 26, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 26, 2015 nancy hayes
May 26, 2015 Leslie Fredeen I would much prefer they trophy hunt the trophy hunters!!
May 26, 2015 Marta Holt
May 26, 2015 Kristene Murphy
May 26, 2015 Elizabeth Smith Please stop this senseless act.
May 26, 2015 Randall Bong
May 26, 2015 Margaret Tiemann
May 26, 2015 Carmen De Anda
May 26, 2015 daniel Lyons I've never heard of a well adjusted self respecting person who hunts for trophy! The fact these people are often from affluent wealthy families is very disturbing to think about.
May 25, 2015 megan twarog please save wildlife !
May 24, 2015 Alice Sansonetti
May 24, 2015 Laura Smith
May 24, 2015 John Marchesi Please
May 24, 2015 John Marchesi Please
May 24, 2015 Sharon Kavanaugh
May 24, 2015 Kefilwe Sethibe
May 24, 2015 D R Kennedy
May 24, 2015 Bobbi Hardy These creatures were not put on Earth as a prize or a trophy ~ hunting was done for food only not to be put on a wall or killed for sport ~ take time to protect the lions and not let them disappear from our world
May 24, 2015 Andrew Stephenson Not green fuel if your clearing forrest (which filters air and water) to make bio-fuel, change the name to dead trees no longer cleaning our air fuels
May 23, 2015 michael cooper

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