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On 8/8/2014 we mailed 53,164 signatures to Director General Julia Marton-Lefevre, the head of the International Union for Conservation of Nature. While we wait for a response from them, please continue to sign and share this petition to show your support for vulnerable species everywhere!
Goal: 80,000 Progress: 64,251
Sponsored by: The Rainforest Site

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


Jul 2, 2015 Bożena Staniszewska
Jul 1, 2015 Sonia Momferatos
Jul 1, 2015 Glynn L. Fletcher
Jul 1, 2015 Diane Hoffman
Jul 1, 2015 Carol Goerke
Jul 1, 2015 Sandi Aden
Jul 1, 2015 Vivianne Mosca-Clark Stop killing the loins. Now.
Jul 1, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 1, 2015 Christina Squillante
Jul 1, 2015 alison midgley
Jul 1, 2015 Natasha Gonzalez
Jul 1, 2015 Karen Holli
Jul 1, 2015 Sandra Ainsley
Jul 1, 2015 Barbara Lawson
Jul 1, 2015 JOHN LETTIERI
Jul 1, 2015 linda skillett Read this, do you understand what is true?"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.
Jul 1, 2015 Jan Gloyd
Jul 1, 2015 Kelli Lysz
Jul 1, 2015 Yolanda Benson
Jul 1, 2015 Eugenia Kriger
Jun 30, 2015 Carol Perkins
Jun 30, 2015 Chris Huff
Jun 30, 2015 Jamie McGaffick
Jun 30, 2015 françoise Dominois
Jun 30, 2015 Lori Fedele
Jun 30, 2015 carolina esteve
Jun 29, 2015 Roberto Cipolla
Jun 28, 2015 fitri rahayu
Jun 28, 2015 Melinda Mendez
Jun 28, 2015 Debra Olivier
Jun 28, 2015 Ken Stephenson
Jun 27, 2015 Людмила Прокопенко
Jun 27, 2015 Lauren Willes
Jun 27, 2015 Mark Anders
Jun 27, 2015 Debbie Bunn Please stop this. It's cruel and our wonderful wildlife is becoming extinct. Let them take pictures instead
Jun 27, 2015 nari gottlieb
Jun 26, 2015 Todd Jorgensen
Jun 26, 2015 Silva Kruzic
Jun 26, 2015 Dana Davis
Jun 26, 2015 Dave Driver Canned hunting is sickening.
Jun 26, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jun 26, 2015 Lisa Keefe There is NOTHING honorable about trophy hunting. It is merely a way for men with micro penises to feel better.
Jun 26, 2015 Bev Ashley
Jun 26, 2015 Lee Irwin
Jun 26, 2015 Clarice Gilchrist
Jun 26, 2015 Simonne Van Driessche
Jun 26, 2015 Erika Howards
Jun 26, 2015 Corine Colt Animals never kill for sport only food!
Jun 26, 2015 F. Schneider
Jun 26, 2015 kathy sladek

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