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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 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


Aug 1, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 1, 2015 Gabrielle Gomez
Aug 1, 2015 Elizabeth phillips
Aug 1, 2015 diane steele animals should be loved not slain
Aug 1, 2015 (Name not displayed) Trophy hunting need to be banned all together! Enough animals are slaughters illegally without the legally murdering!
Aug 1, 2015 Nancy Copeland Surely these hunters could find another way to make themselves feel like men. Too much money and not enough thought for the welfare of these magnificent animals. Should be outlawed all around the world!!
Aug 1, 2015 Kirie Schulze This was a senseless act of cruelty, violence & murder! This man should be ashamed of himself. He took a beautiful creature & slaughtered him. Hello world, we need to wake up! If this continues, these amazing creatures will be extinct.
Aug 1, 2015 Stewart Carry Well done to all who support this excellent cause. As so-called custodians of the earth we are pathetically inadequate...it's time to make a difference. mf
Aug 1, 2015 Maxine Franklin Don't understand why dentists & doctors are so into killing animals for fun & trophies. You'd think their dedication to saving lives & helping their fellow humans would expand to include other sentient beings.
Aug 1, 2015 Delphine Hagan These killings needs to stop now. Absolutely disgusting.
Aug 1, 2015 Maureen Kennedy I am beyond devastated that this beautiful animal has been murdered...xx
Aug 1, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 1, 2015 Nancy Toovey Stop killing wild animals..
Aug 1, 2015 Fiona Kelly It really saddens and sickens me when I hear of these kind of stories.do these people not know that these wild animals numbers are diminishing? We don't live in the 1800's any more where hunting wild animals was rife. God help us
Aug 1, 2015 tina campbell
Aug 1, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 1, 2015 lila van den griendt
Aug 1, 2015 christine mamula
Aug 1, 2015 Carol Wilkinson
Aug 1, 2015 Cynde Powdrill
Aug 1, 2015 Teri Nix
Aug 1, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 1, 2015 Crystal Replogle
Aug 1, 2015 L Dufresne Now, please! The World is watching.
Aug 1, 2015 Bren Mcwilliams
Aug 1, 2015 (Name not displayed) Stop this cruelty
Aug 1, 2015 Sharon Blair
Aug 1, 2015 Brian Larson
Aug 1, 2015 carol murguizur
Aug 1, 2015 (Name not displayed) So sad! These innocent animals are being murdered!!!!!!
Aug 1, 2015 Jeanne Janson Killers: Your fate and life fortune are now connected to the protection and healing you give these defenseless creatures now and forever. You are now 100% responsible for teaching the world to effectively prohibit this sick, weak, egocentric killing.
Aug 1, 2015 Cathy Flum All wildlife trophy hunting should be declared illegal for all countries. The practice of offering the opportunity to kill wildlife is lucrative, for the guide and for the country. The cost is native species going extinct. That cost is way too high.
Aug 1, 2015 (Name not displayed) So sad! Cannot believe people murder these innocent animals!!!!! The poachers should be hunted!!!!
Aug 1, 2015 Magda Botez Please be 'human' and kind and protect wildlife.Magestic animals like lions are such a gift to us,senseless killing ....for pleasure ...what a horror story!
Aug 1, 2015 Victoria Tularam
Aug 1, 2015 Jill North PATHETIC! Absolutely horrible... Surely these "men" can find another way to use their time, energy and money to make themselves feel "manly!"
Aug 1, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 1, 2015 Sue Flynn
Aug 1, 2015 Shelley Mason
Aug 1, 2015 Hannah Perkins
Aug 1, 2015 samantha fenn
Aug 1, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 1, 2015 Sabrina Guerrero
Aug 1, 2015 Megan Jacobs
Aug 1, 2015 Kathryn Twente
Aug 1, 2015 Sherry Van Valkenburgh
Aug 1, 2015 Benson Lim
Aug 1, 2015 Teri Duchac
Aug 1, 2015 (Name not displayed) why do they have to kill for sport i do not know animals kill for food to survive they kill just for their pleasure the poor animals dont stand a chance it makes me sick
Aug 1, 2015 (Name not displayed)

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