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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 29, 2015 Tomasz Mroziński
Aug 29, 2015 Germana Pimentel
Aug 29, 2015 lemane banushi
Aug 29, 2015 Rodney Astleford It's time to ensure that animals classified as "vulnerable" are truly protected. I am telling IUCN that trophy hunters should not be allowed to target vulnerable species.
Aug 29, 2015 Darya Egorova
Aug 29, 2015 NADINE SPANIER
Aug 29, 2015 Nikhita Yelluri
Aug 29, 2015 Deborah Chaperon There is something wrong with a person who kills for entertainment.
Aug 29, 2015 Deirdre Roquette Unforgivable . No sense in trophy hunting causing devistation behind it. No justification either.
Aug 29, 2015 Gian Paolo Agagliati
Aug 28, 2015 Karin James
Aug 28, 2015 debra goldstein lustig
Aug 28, 2015 Shelley Tsuji
Aug 28, 2015 T Lowe No one should be going around & murdering these beautiful creatures!! They will soon be extinct!! It is WRONG TO TAKE A LIFE!! It does not help the herd to kill the older members!!! Seriously!!!! Pls end this now!! Thk u
Aug 28, 2015 (Name not displayed) Trohpy hunting is disgusting, animals are not toys you play with and discard when you want too, they are living breathing beings who deserve life...
Aug 28, 2015 James Berry
Aug 28, 2015 Diana Bates
Aug 28, 2015 Stefanie Mierzwiak
Aug 28, 2015 Ridwaana Allen
Aug 28, 2015 Karen Cavey
Aug 28, 2015 (Name not displayed) Dat moet stoppen daar zijn dieren niet voor
Aug 28, 2015 Joe Wilson
Aug 28, 2015 stacy andersen
Aug 28, 2015 Lynn Elson Put the people who did this in prison and through away the key.
Aug 28, 2015 ghazaleh es
Aug 28, 2015 Manuela SABIN LINARES
Aug 28, 2015 Angels Puig
Aug 28, 2015 B D C RIP CECIL ♥
Aug 28, 2015 Carla Crespo
Aug 27, 2015 Bobbi Hughes Please stop issuing these "permits" to hunt big game. What this man did was wrong & should be stopped!!
Aug 27, 2015 Anny Linares
Aug 27, 2015 John Padilla
Aug 27, 2015 Kathy Chelini
Aug 27, 2015 Kim Kayoda
Aug 27, 2015 Dawn Templer
Aug 27, 2015 kimberly bridges
Aug 27, 2015 Barbara Carey
Aug 27, 2015 Ed Kreczko
Aug 27, 2015 lisa johnson
Aug 27, 2015 Pamela Llewellyn
Aug 27, 2015 Susan Martin
Aug 27, 2015 Maria Raposo
Aug 27, 2015 Alma R. Lopez
Aug 27, 2015 Dragica Zoric
Aug 26, 2015 Krissy Kubacki
Aug 26, 2015 eric hunter
Aug 26, 2015 Nancy Horner
Aug 26, 2015 kristy smith
Aug 26, 2015 Manuela Werthwein
Aug 26, 2015 Crvena Sonja

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