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The world was shocked when a wealthy American hunter, Walter Palmer, illegally killed and beheaded Cecil, a beloved and friendly lion for "sport." Cecil was lured off the wildlife preserve where he lived and murdered for Palmer's entertainment. Lions continue to be subjected to these needless hunts that stroke hunter's egos while devastating prides. Sign today to show your disgust with the barbaric practice of trophy hunting.
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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 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


Sep 24, 2017 Deborah Stull
Sep 23, 2017 Donna Gilbert
Sep 23, 2017 V G
Sep 22, 2017 Vincenzo Taffoni
Sep 22, 2017 Vanessa Jack
Sep 22, 2017 Wanda Majeski
Sep 21, 2017 Kat Klahn
Sep 20, 2017 Josie Avalos
Sep 20, 2017 marja leino
Sep 20, 2017 Ron Noll
Sep 19, 2017 Juliane Rocha
Sep 19, 2017 Rita Council This angers me to the core! These poor lions are being killed for no reason but mans own greed!! These are precious animals who deserve good lives and should be able to roam freely without being killed for nothing. All animals lives matter!!!
Sep 19, 2017 DANIJELA VISAK
Sep 18, 2017 Karen Moore
Sep 18, 2017 Sharon Mollett
Sep 18, 2017 Harold and Georgi Mortensen
Sep 17, 2017 Ann Watson
Sep 9, 2017 Wanda Mahboub
Sep 8, 2017 Inês Correia
Sep 5, 2017 Adele Kirk
Sep 3, 2017 Jameson Sachs
Sep 3, 2017 Brenda Evans
Sep 3, 2017 Rebecca Jensen
Aug 31, 2017 charin Suarez
Aug 31, 2017 Barbara Salem-McCarthy
Aug 31, 2017 Amy Agzarian my heart goes out to these creatures and I pray that responsible figures will find mercy to put protections in place for them
Aug 31, 2017 Victoria Desmond
Aug 26, 2017 Susan Hopf
Aug 24, 2017 Nina Carey
Aug 24, 2017 Lynn Miller
Aug 23, 2017 Yael Saydon
Aug 22, 2017 (Name not displayed) The Celestial Lion needs to exist on the Planet. Save the life of the Lion.
Aug 22, 2017 Monica Good
Aug 21, 2017 Sheryl Post
Aug 21, 2017 Ben Cachola
Aug 20, 2017 Christie Barrick
Aug 20, 2017 Laurie Boukas
Aug 18, 2017 Oscar Landé
Aug 15, 2017 Lindsey Dakin
Aug 12, 2017 Mario Rocha
Aug 10, 2017 Denise Parsons
Aug 10, 2017 Robert deFlurin
Aug 8, 2017 Joanne Koulavongsa
Aug 7, 2017 Sheila White
Aug 7, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 6, 2017 Dominic Grillo jr
Aug 6, 2017 Laurine League Idiot people-sad that wildlife suffers for their sick greed
Aug 3, 2017 Stacy Butrim
Aug 2, 2017 N. Dawson Where is the punishment for this man who LURED a beautiful creature away from his safe home? $65,000.00 is not enough, how about some jail time. A gorgeous animal's head belongs on its body -ALIVE, not to be hung on a wall. Murderer.
Aug 2, 2017 Judy D Deplorable actions deserve to be paid for. The world does not want, nor care for trophies that were living, innocent creatures. These hunters with deep pockets, who live only for the dollar, ought to be shot and beheaded themselves. An eye for an eye!

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