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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


Aug 13, 2018 Donna Holinej
Aug 12, 2018 Lesley Bolton
Aug 11, 2018 Angelique Hartmann Ban canned hunting. Ban trophy hunting.
Aug 9, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 8, 2018 Ayo Randall
Aug 8, 2018 AYO RANDALL
Aug 5, 2018 lorri MacQueen
Aug 5, 2018 Nicole Casper
Aug 5, 2018 Robert Ortiz
Aug 3, 2018 Elva Munro
Aug 3, 2018 julie Alicea
Aug 3, 2018 Tiia Pitkänen
Aug 3, 2018 g smth
Aug 2, 2018 Tonya Raikes
Aug 2, 2018 Claudia Frosch
Aug 2, 2018 Venkatasamy Ramakrishna
Aug 2, 2018 KATHLEEN TENNYSON
Aug 2, 2018 Shelley Waltman
Aug 2, 2018 Regina Giron H.
Aug 2, 2018 Gail Canzius
Aug 2, 2018 Sandra Cobb
Aug 2, 2018 Laura Grove
Aug 2, 2018 Elizabeth Pum
Aug 2, 2018 p m KEEP ON PROTESTING WILDLIFE KILLING....KEEP WRITING LETTERS, SEND EMAILS & MAKE PHONE CALLS TO END WILDLIFE KILLING
Aug 2, 2018 Jo-Anne Monahan
Aug 2, 2018 Pamela Clark
Aug 2, 2018 Lin Westler
Aug 2, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 2, 2018 Robin Blakesley
Aug 2, 2018 Sherry Eisenhuth
Aug 2, 2018 Judit Deák
Aug 2, 2018 Norman Koszeelak
Aug 2, 2018 Ashley Cascante
Aug 2, 2018 Dana Vincent All trophy kills are MURDER
Jul 31, 2018 Chinanan Khurasee
Jul 30, 2018 Misti Kane
Jul 27, 2018 Brianna Anepete
Jul 25, 2018 Iris & Patty Yermak
Jul 22, 2018 Laura LaRocca
Jul 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 21, 2018 Susan Verser
Jul 21, 2018 Roxann Bannach
Jul 21, 2018 Dolores Herrmann
Jul 21, 2018 Catherine Ogburn
Jul 19, 2018 Jean-Pierre Lacan
Jul 19, 2018 Angela Hughes
Jul 19, 2018 aartje van den heuvel
Jul 19, 2018 Davina Gilligan
Jul 19, 2018 Nadine Duckworth
Jul 19, 2018 joanne clark

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