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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: 59,041
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


Oct 20, 2014 Anne Henkes
Oct 20, 2014 Tracey Redmond Shoot the hunters instead
Oct 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 20, 2014 peggy bera
Oct 20, 2014 (Name not displayed) No one should ever be aloud to hunt any of these beautiful animals.
Oct 20, 2014 Jane L.
Oct 20, 2014 laetitia gilles
Oct 20, 2014 Lynne Williams
Oct 20, 2014 fkuck marie
Oct 20, 2014 Paula Gossard PLEASE STOP TROPHY HUNTING!!!!! WHAT DO THESE PEOPLE REALLY GAIN FROM THIS SPORT????????
Oct 20, 2014 math Sicurello
Oct 20, 2014 greuin seve
Oct 20, 2014 claudine baldy
Oct 20, 2014 francise frey
Oct 20, 2014 fanfan cachet
Oct 20, 2014 leroy yvonne
Oct 20, 2014 cossart beatrice
Oct 20, 2014 Cuvillier Nadine Il est inadmissible que des individus en mal de supériorité sur des êtres sans armes... soient autorisés à tuer par jeu et pour le plaisir d'obtenir un trophée facilement qui flattera leur égo ! où est respect de la vie ?
Oct 20, 2014 anna luneau
Oct 20, 2014 Debbie Aide
Oct 20, 2014 sophie bazinet
Oct 20, 2014 dany mutsaert
Oct 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 20, 2014 Brigitte Janssens
Oct 20, 2014 francoise galloux
Oct 20, 2014 thomas elisabeth il faut pas qu'il chasse
Oct 20, 2014 janou lionne
Oct 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 20, 2014 Liz Godber
Oct 20, 2014 Shaun Rogers
Oct 20, 2014 stefania loparco
Oct 20, 2014 siham chrouabi
Oct 20, 2014 Bronwyn Britten Please help to save the lions + all other vulnerable creatures!
Oct 20, 2014 Stephen Chesler
Oct 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 20, 2014 Vicckey Goswami
Oct 20, 2014 Heather Davis
Oct 20, 2014 Charmaine Pulgados
Oct 20, 2014 isabelle strutz
Oct 20, 2014 Bree Rockwell
Oct 20, 2014 Aron Hunt
Oct 20, 2014 Erin Miller
Oct 19, 2014 Michelle Gent
Oct 19, 2014 gharbi hamida
Oct 19, 2014 Adriana Martinez
Oct 19, 2014 Debbie Solario
Oct 19, 2014 Stefan Salvatierra In my honest opinion, there's no crime in Nature worse than killing for pleasure, and it's certainly unsportsmanlike that the quarry doesn't know he's being hunted. A living lion is worth far more than a stuffed "trophy" any day..
Oct 19, 2014 surya rajesh
Oct 19, 2014 Nilda Vega Why not shoot the hunters instead?

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