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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: 61,036
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


Mar 25, 2015 Sherry York
Mar 25, 2015 Krystal Graves For people to lion hunt is ridiculous stop the killing of lions
Mar 24, 2015 Holly Balch
Mar 24, 2015 Sara Leonard
Mar 24, 2015 Jose Duran
Mar 24, 2015 Susan Crites
Mar 24, 2015 AnaMaria Toberman
Mar 24, 2015 L F
Mar 24, 2015 veronique bussonniere
Mar 23, 2015 a f
Mar 23, 2015 Candace Lewandowski
Mar 23, 2015 Angela Martin
Mar 23, 2015 Elizabeth Aguirre
Mar 23, 2015 Pearl Gilman
Mar 23, 2015 Susan Johnson
Mar 23, 2015 Mary Daley
Mar 23, 2015 Danielle Schultz
Mar 23, 2015 kathleen Hrezo
Mar 23, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 23, 2015 Patrice Kaufman
Mar 23, 2015 Priscilla Cobb
Mar 23, 2015 Michelle Barbour
Mar 23, 2015 Beth Matlock
Mar 22, 2015 Mishaela Bailey
Mar 21, 2015 Corinne Broomberg
Mar 21, 2015 Amanda Sudell Stop big game hunting. We are ruining our world instead of protecting it. Please stop.
Mar 21, 2015 Antonia Muller
Mar 20, 2015 Britt Paquin
Mar 20, 2015 Diane Koosed
Mar 20, 2015 john taylor
Mar 20, 2015 Rudy Mami
Mar 19, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 19, 2015 carlos silva ballejo
Mar 19, 2015 Janice Banks
Mar 19, 2015 Timothy Lauxmann
Mar 19, 2015 Lori Steimel
Mar 19, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 19, 2015 Sue Hayward
Mar 18, 2015 Cynthia Q
Mar 18, 2015 Heather Marshall
Mar 18, 2015 Susana Careaga
Mar 18, 2015 Tamara Rudic
Mar 18, 2015 Melinda Rymshaw
Mar 18, 2015 Erika Celorio
Mar 18, 2015 Avalon Sperring
Mar 18, 2015 Sabrina Lemay
Mar 18, 2015 Diane Brocato Trophy hunting is nothing but murder! This has to stop!
Mar 18, 2015 Amanda Billert
Mar 18, 2015 Elfi Boeckler
Mar 18, 2015 Fawn Caldwell

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