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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: 57,738
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 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


Sep 21, 2014 elzbieta zukrowska-kolska
Sep 21, 2014 kayla kolacz
Sep 21, 2014 Lorraine Forston
Sep 21, 2014 Peter Ozzimo Jr
Sep 20, 2014 Colleen Dapcevic
Sep 20, 2014 Stacie Miller
Sep 20, 2014 Mary Gold
Sep 20, 2014 Tania Pogiatzoglou
Sep 20, 2014 Claudia Phelps I agree with Katherine: They want to kill lions, then let's make it fair. They have to strip down naked with only a knife. And with Nancy: Extinct in 26 countries... This is insane. Lions need to be reclassified as "Endangered" NOW.
Sep 20, 2014 Denise Potter Use your authority to do some good and stop this heinous practice.
Sep 20, 2014 Kellie Hajjar
Sep 20, 2014 Heather Mann
Sep 20, 2014 Louise Armour
Sep 20, 2014 Sandra McElhaney
Sep 20, 2014 Marybeth Muir
Sep 20, 2014 Ranie Dritsas
Sep 20, 2014 david rosen
Sep 20, 2014 (Name not displayed) Barbaric
Sep 20, 2014 Marky Raypole
Sep 19, 2014 Victoria Banaszak
Sep 19, 2014 c meadow How could anyone harm this beautiful and innocent life?
Sep 19, 2014 (Name not displayed) Please protect these beautiful animals!
Sep 19, 2014 martina Le'Veque
Sep 19, 2014 Suzanne Conrad Protected species should be protected from Trophy Hunts! Please stop this.
Sep 19, 2014 Michael Mayes
Sep 19, 2014 Brooke Taskila
Sep 19, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 19, 2014 Debbie Hamilton
Sep 19, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 19, 2014 Scottie Baugh
Sep 19, 2014 (Name not displayed) PLEASE help to protect these magnificent creatures.
Sep 19, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 19, 2014 Marilyn Putz PLEASE protect these magnificent beasts!!!
Sep 19, 2014 Delena Ewald
Sep 19, 2014 Marcia Bringardner
Sep 19, 2014 Ivette Sedglach
Sep 19, 2014 Gary Hill
Sep 19, 2014 Nancy Blaschke Extinct in 26 countries... This is insane. Lions need to be reclassified as "Endangered" now. Also, hunters don't need dead animal "trophies".
Sep 19, 2014 Carrie Plowman
Sep 19, 2014 Jeffrey Lepre Lions are such an important part of our environment. Please keep them from them going extinct. Thank you.
Sep 19, 2014 Sharon Hoffman
Sep 19, 2014 James Degner
Sep 19, 2014 Neva Kenney
Sep 19, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 19, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 19, 2014 Barb Holznagel
Sep 19, 2014 Katharine Sharp They want to kill lions then let's make it fair. They have to strip down naked with only a knife.
Sep 19, 2014 Danielle Eriksen
Sep 19, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 19, 2014 Brittany Paral

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