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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.
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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 24, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 24, 2014 Joseph Victor
Jul 24, 2014 (Name not displayed) Death to all trophy hunters!
Jul 24, 2014 N. S.
Jul 24, 2014 LILLY POWERS
Jul 24, 2014 Samuel Goodwin-Walton
Jul 24, 2014 Laura Horning
Jul 24, 2014 Kevin Lyerla
Jul 24, 2014 Courtney Schmidt
Jul 24, 2014 Ashley Waller
Jul 23, 2014 gerard FABIANO
Jul 23, 2014 Rachel Berg Have a place where humans can shoot other humans for "fun"and not shooting Endangered Species like Lions and Panthers and Elephants.
Jul 23, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 23, 2014 Heidi Bloomer
Jul 23, 2014 Amy Eckart Please help protect the lions from being hunted for trophies. This is so sick to me that people kill these beautiful animals for trophies. We are their voices. We are the ones who can stop this and save these animals
Jul 23, 2014 Deborah Hall These majestic animals deserve our respect. Stop hunting them period !
Jul 23, 2014 Christina Echard
Jul 23, 2014 Claudia Hall “IF YOU HAVE MEN WHO WILL EXCLUDE ANY OF GOD’S CREATURES FROM THE SHELTER OF COMPASSION & PITY, YOU WILL HAVE MEN WHO WILL DEAL LIKEWISE WITH THEIR FELLOW MEN.” ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI
Jul 23, 2014 Mia Dravis
Jul 23, 2014 riitta hietanen For God's sake, let the lions alone!
Jul 23, 2014 Kate Frangos
Jul 23, 2014 Maggie Dunn These wonderful creatures should be truly protected how can killing an animal ever be a "sport". It's sick and cruel. Give these animals true protection - please.
Jul 23, 2014 Dennis McGarvey
Jul 23, 2014 Lisa Reynolds
Jul 23, 2014 Ann Bradley
Jul 23, 2014 Ma Virginia Rivera this is so wrong
Jul 23, 2014 erika brabham Ni need for this mindless and heartless act
Jul 23, 2014 susan jacob
Jul 23, 2014 Karen Krieger
Jul 23, 2014 Janet Burrows Goodness, we're eradicating all the big cats. Unfortunate.
Jul 23, 2014 Jeannie O'Brien
Jul 23, 2014 Carole Moore
Jul 23, 2014 iris rochkind
Jul 23, 2014 Rianna Murphy
Jul 23, 2014 brenda harrold
Jul 22, 2014 Philippe Raymakers
Jul 22, 2014 Britany Bekina
Jul 22, 2014 Alicia Addeo
Jul 22, 2014 lorraine newton
Jul 22, 2014 michael cetta please stop this cruel and wasteful practice.
Jul 22, 2014 Lisa Wandell
Jul 21, 2014 Lisa Haut
Jul 21, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 21, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 21, 2014 nanette diocson
Jul 21, 2014 Terry McGregor
Jul 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 20, 2014 catia mossmann
Jul 20, 2014 Élida Gomes Kobi
Jul 20, 2014 Lhasa Compton

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