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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 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 29, 2017 Virginia FRICK
May 29, 2017 Ally Trock
May 28, 2017 Leah Carson
May 28, 2017 Diane Sterner
May 28, 2017 Flossie Pruitt
May 28, 2017 butch moto
May 27, 2017 Lisa G. Leave the animals alone and start thinking about this planet Earth.
May 27, 2017 mary mcbride disgusting abuse of our natural world SHAME ON THE GARBAGE THAT THINK ITSTHERE GOD GIVEN RIGHT TO EXECUTE THE KING OF THE JUNGLE!!!!!!
May 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 25, 2017 Shayne O'Brien
May 25, 2017 Ines Raimondo
May 25, 2017 Amanda Vermillion
May 25, 2017 Steve Conrad
May 24, 2017 Jennifer Robnett
May 24, 2017 Cheryl Vivian
May 22, 2017 Adriana Aquino
May 21, 2017 Marlene Clausen The real trophy is a thriving and protected lion population. Please, give full protection to these magnificent creatures and let them once again thrive in the wild.
May 21, 2017 chantal vagnat
May 21, 2017 Leigh Gainor Please don't allow vunerable species in game hunts!
May 20, 2017 Shirley Troia
May 19, 2017 Susan Bain Please stop this needless and inhumane killing!
May 18, 2017 Susannah Gelbart
May 18, 2017 marianne perdu
May 18, 2017 Sophie LAVOREL
May 18, 2017 dauph Libbrecht
May 17, 2017 theresa Mitchum
May 17, 2017 frieda lisens
May 16, 2017 Cathy Nelson The killing of lions and any other wild animals needs to stop.
May 16, 2017 erek king
May 16, 2017 Alyssa Walls
May 14, 2017 Susan Krauss
May 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 9, 2017 Jason Green
May 9, 2017 Buford Staton
May 9, 2017 Gary Hill
May 9, 2017 Diane Montgomery There is absolutely NO justification for trophy hunting or canned hunts; it is inhumane and barbaric. There will be no animals left in the wild if we don't honor their lives and protect them from those who would pay to kill them ...for "sport".
May 9, 2017 Elizabeth Stopp
May 9, 2017 Richard Lebon
May 9, 2017 Erica Koch
May 9, 2017 Lora Hamman
May 9, 2017 Bob Bellamy
May 8, 2017 (Name not displayed) Hunting animals for sport needs to STOP now before it is too late.
May 8, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 8, 2017 Cindy Steib All trophy hunting is cruel and a crime against nature!!
May 8, 2017 Margarita Contreras
May 7, 2017 Jayne DellEra
May 7, 2017 Mike Spychalski Humanity is such a sad species and I often feel ashamed at what we do to other species on this planet. Please do the right thing and protect lions from extinction.
May 7, 2017 Gino Czaster
May 7, 2017 Cherile Shechter
May 6, 2017 Elizabeth Komins

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