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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: 59,691
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


Nov 27, 2014 Laura Mura
Nov 27, 2014 gail hammo we need to protect the big cat family and a majority of all other wild life so please stop trophy hunting, a useless waste of a life and nothing on a rug or hanging on a wall make that person a real human being
Nov 27, 2014 Nino Gujaraidze
Nov 27, 2014 Kim Cawthra Vulnerable spp. should be protected, not slaughtered for sport. Gene pools need to be protected. How does an organization that promotes conservation justify using this blood money? Extinction is occurring more & more rapidly because of man's poor choices
Nov 27, 2014 Michèle LANDRY I do hope thi will help them ! humans are so crual!!!!
Nov 27, 2014 Ophélie AHMAD
Nov 27, 2014 Agustin Rodriguez Canned hunting is the worst activity of the humans.
Nov 26, 2014 Catherine bloye
Nov 26, 2014 maryann Mcgovern
Nov 26, 2014 Annelize Rensburg
Nov 26, 2014 Sheila Thiele
Nov 26, 2014 Karin Riedel
Nov 26, 2014 Miranda Davenport
Nov 26, 2014 Debra Sheppard Trophy hunting is a vile and sinful thing to do. Killing these beautiful animals for sheer please is disgusting and needs to be stopped, so I support the rainforest sight and oppose trophy killing! Please stop this before we have no animal kingdom left!
Nov 26, 2014 Gavin Evans Stop canned lion hunting IMMEDIATELY! Its is immoral!
Nov 26, 2014 Liliána Tóth
Nov 26, 2014 THERESA MONAGLE GREED IS MANS AND NATURES DESTRUCTION
Nov 26, 2014 Michelle Merrett
Nov 26, 2014 diane ross This MUST stop and extremely harsh penalties and fines need to be dealt to those who murder these beautiful cats! No BS...be serious about this .
Nov 26, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 26, 2014 michael heiskell Stop The Hunting Now!
Nov 26, 2014 hannah rose
Nov 26, 2014 adrienn Czegeny
Nov 26, 2014 (Name not displayed) What's with Trophy Hunting anyway? Killing for Killing's sake is abominable!
Nov 26, 2014 karen norton the killings need to stop! Our animals are sacred, save our animals!!!
Nov 26, 2014 Lisa Duncan
Nov 26, 2014 jemma dimasi
Nov 26, 2014 Ashley Rogers
Nov 26, 2014 Natalie Ware
Nov 26, 2014 John Hewton
Nov 26, 2014 Megan Garofalo
Nov 26, 2014 laurie rose It's a disgrace to kill any animal just for the kill..if you're not going to eat it..sit back & enjoy it's beauty.
Nov 26, 2014 Carolyn Dauria
Nov 26, 2014 Lynn Colson
Nov 26, 2014 Tammy Carreno Please no hunting lions!!!
Nov 26, 2014 Pat Snyder
Nov 26, 2014 Jazmin michels Thank you for protecting the sacred animals of this earth by helping prevent trophy hunting that kills these innocent and powerless beasts to the simple pull of a trigger so that some human can have its pelt and a picture.
Nov 26, 2014 Natalie Ford please stop the killing of these innocent beautiful animals!
Nov 26, 2014 Rebecca Wilson
Nov 26, 2014 Sarah Crook
Nov 26, 2014 pearl wheeler
Nov 26, 2014 Elizabeth Warkentin There is no justifiable reason to shoot a lion except in self-protection. Lions deserve to live free and should be protected from trophy hunters and poachers.
Nov 26, 2014 Virna Fossati
Nov 26, 2014 Noti Feis
Nov 26, 2014 Leola Tse
Nov 26, 2014 Mary Jensen
Nov 26, 2014 Evette Nunez-Starr God's creatures are for one thing & thing only...FOOD! Killing Lions just cause you can & it makes you feel tough cause you killed a wild beast...lets not forget drugged & not fully alert! NO ANIMAL deserves to be treated this way!
Nov 26, 2014 lynn walker
Nov 26, 2014 karen zehnder
Nov 26, 2014 lisa siroky

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