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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


Apr 21, 2014 Dawn Marie
Apr 20, 2014 N Siriwardena
Apr 20, 2014 Sheila McGorman
Apr 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 20, 2014 Monica Monserrate
Apr 20, 2014 Jillian Fuls
Apr 20, 2014 debby mckenzie
Apr 20, 2014 Danielle Durand
Apr 20, 2014 stephanie evers
Apr 20, 2014 Jimmy Jones STOP KILLING BIG CATS
Apr 20, 2014 Brandy Ramos
Apr 19, 2014 Ken Temple This has to STOP!! The King of the Jungle needs us NOW. Help stop human greed and ignorance!
Apr 19, 2014 Lauren cimino
Apr 19, 2014 Anne Stephens Please stop trophy killing.It is wrong!
Apr 19, 2014 DONNA TISCARENIO PLEASE PUT AN END TO THIS.
Apr 19, 2014 ester anderson
Apr 19, 2014 miss diaz
Apr 19, 2014 Gail Leadenham
Apr 19, 2014 Tanya MacDonald
Apr 19, 2014 Pamela Jones
Apr 19, 2014 sue Williams
Apr 19, 2014 Darilynn Mccoy
Apr 19, 2014 Karen Grant
Apr 19, 2014 Melissa Pascucci
Apr 19, 2014 Ingrid Louise Lephardt STOP PLEASE WITH THE KILLINGS AND SUFFERINGS OF THIS BEAUTIFUL ANIMALS DO NOT ALLOW THIS TO CONTINUE ITS ABSOLUTELY DUSGUSTING ....USE THAT TIME OR MONEY IN EDUCATION AND NOT KILLINGS THANK YOU!
Apr 19, 2014 Matthew Pritchett
Apr 19, 2014 Jo-Ann Nixon
Apr 19, 2014 Wendy Allen
Apr 19, 2014 Heather Derringer
Apr 19, 2014 Karolina Blecharczyk
Apr 19, 2014 Erica Thomas This is something that has always bothered me! The murder of beautiful and important animals all for trophies! its sickening! PLEASE PLEASE do something to help!!!!
Apr 19, 2014 Richard Tremblé
Apr 19, 2014 Clayton Pruden
Apr 19, 2014 Diane LaMotta
Apr 19, 2014 susan pitman
Apr 19, 2014 robin ford
Apr 19, 2014 tess kielhamer higher morals must take place across our earth to preserve and respect before it is too late.
Apr 19, 2014 Janetta McGuigan
Apr 19, 2014 Marie Azzinaro
Apr 19, 2014 AMANDA NICHOLS
Apr 19, 2014 terrie mccourt
Apr 19, 2014 Pauline Cousins Please help protect these lions, they are the ambassadors for your country. Do you really want your country to be known for the blood it spills on your land, please protect the lions now.
Apr 19, 2014 Shann Steinway Yes, Protect the Lions!
Apr 19, 2014 Alexandra Riggle
Apr 19, 2014 Jan Jackson
Apr 19, 2014 Kelsey barney Save the lions
Apr 19, 2014 Rafa Albert Bosch
Apr 19, 2014 Lori Ashtiani Mankind does not have the right to kill everything ! and trophy hunting should be outlawed !!!
Apr 19, 2014 Loukia Kaisari
Apr 19, 2014 melodie cheney

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