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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: 60,548
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 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 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


Jan 27, 2015 Mariah Oyondi
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Jan 26, 2015 Kay Lowe
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Jan 25, 2015 Sue Morem
Jan 25, 2015 Philip Cunningham
Jan 25, 2015 Kathleen Ritchie
Jan 25, 2015 Albert Chou
Jan 25, 2015 Susan Arkin
Jan 25, 2015 Julie Harris
Jan 25, 2015 Eleanor Flint
Jan 24, 2015 Bryana Nesbitt
Jan 24, 2015 Linda Tarnawskyj
Jan 24, 2015 Deirdre Fitzsimmons
Jan 24, 2015 Janice Long
Jan 24, 2015 Michelle Cardy
Jan 24, 2015 Carol Caple
Jan 24, 2015 Meghan Trew
Jan 24, 2015 Rebecca Frape
Jan 24, 2015 Nuria Garcia
Jan 23, 2015 Isabelle Jacques
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Jan 23, 2015 Barbara Standing
Jan 23, 2015 Bernice Smith
Jan 23, 2015 Krissa Schandelmaier
Jan 23, 2015 Elizabeth Stephens
Jan 23, 2015 Michelle Inere
Jan 23, 2015 Katherine Okulewicz
Jan 23, 2015 Sharon Davey
Jan 23, 2015 Lukas Garcia
Jan 23, 2015 Gabriel Garcia
Jan 23, 2015 Zachary Garcia
Jan 23, 2015 Gudrun Garcia
Jan 22, 2015 Linda Reming
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Jan 22, 2015 Katherine Lindsey
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Jan 21, 2015 Pat Schumacher
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Jan 20, 2015 Lisa Dominguez
Jan 20, 2015 Tracy Simpson
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