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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


Apr 22, 2017 Neilda Voyles
Apr 21, 2017 Jewell Batway
Apr 21, 2017 karen gillum
Apr 21, 2017 Carrie Landreth
Apr 19, 2017 Brian Wajda
Apr 18, 2017 Kelly Nestleroad
Apr 18, 2017 Marley Mcdermott
Apr 16, 2017 Lanette Norris
Apr 15, 2017 Connie Moreno
Apr 14, 2017 Lynda Kerr
Apr 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 14, 2017 Natasha Jenkins
Apr 13, 2017 Artur Xavier
Apr 12, 2017 Jo Mosley
Apr 12, 2017 Geri Gasiorowski Please stop this!! An animals life is not a Trophy. Have them take photos home!!!!
Apr 11, 2017 Myrna Alvarado
Apr 11, 2017 Andrea Harrison
Apr 11, 2017 stacy brainard
Apr 11, 2017 Cynthia Pearson
Apr 11, 2017 Petra Hansen
Apr 9, 2017 Rachel Taberner
Apr 8, 2017 David Schnitzler
Apr 8, 2017 Anne-Marie Battaglia
Apr 8, 2017 JOANNE PARIS THE MOST HORRIFIC AND STUPID THING ON THIS PLANET! PLEASE STOP THIS CRUELTY AND GREED!!!!
Apr 4, 2017 Evelyn Peterson
Apr 3, 2017 Leon Joubert
Apr 3, 2017 Marla Harrod
Apr 3, 2017 Lily Eshuis
Apr 3, 2017 Amanda McCain
Apr 3, 2017 Nancy Rooney
Apr 3, 2017 M. Stewart
Apr 2, 2017 lisa hamilton
Apr 2, 2017 Jill Kuch
Apr 2, 2017 Marga Gili
Apr 2, 2017 Roxana Moya
Apr 2, 2017 Brenda Ruvalcaba Martinez
Apr 2, 2017 Blanca Díaz
Apr 2, 2017 Sanand Dilip
Apr 2, 2017 Katherine Sampson
Apr 2, 2017 Grazia Gambalunga Bonne apres-midi, tous les animaux ont le droit de vivre dans la bientraitance et le respect qui leur ai dû. Amitiees. Akiraluna.
Apr 2, 2017 Eleni Panagiotidou
Apr 2, 2017 Monica Artifoni
Apr 2, 2017 Maelie Bugat
Apr 2, 2017 Beverly Eadie
Apr 2, 2017 Ananya Boonyarattaphun
Apr 2, 2017 Martina Behla
Apr 1, 2017 gary hachmeister People who Enjoy 'the kill' are PSYCHOPATHS!
Apr 1, 2017 Tanja Gistl
Mar 31, 2017 Damaris Cardinal Please protect vulnerable species. They can't protect themselves.
Mar 31, 2017 Tim Young

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