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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: 60,858
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


Feb 26, 2015 Shannon Erickson
Feb 26, 2015 Rebekah King
Feb 26, 2015 shara kent
Feb 26, 2015 Cyntthia Wilcox
Feb 26, 2015 michelle andy
Feb 26, 2015 robert wiehemeijer
Feb 25, 2015 Leyre Sanchez
Feb 25, 2015 Elise Buffie
Feb 24, 2015 Gabrielle Bueno
Feb 24, 2015 Wanda Latendresse
Feb 24, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 24, 2015 Tracy Root
Feb 24, 2015 Willie Holland
Feb 24, 2015 Kathy Pulfer NOT A SPORT
Feb 23, 2015 Martina Dietl
Feb 23, 2015 April Halican
Feb 23, 2015 Anastasia Lamers
Feb 22, 2015 Deborah Lombardi
Feb 22, 2015 Richard Bosboom
Feb 21, 2015 Crystal Kimmel
Feb 20, 2015 Margo Monson
Feb 20, 2015 Suzanne Stephens
Feb 19, 2015 Lee Ann DeMars
Feb 19, 2015 Jane Olson
Feb 19, 2015 Theresa Beebe
Feb 19, 2015 Rene Croteau
Feb 19, 2015 christina pafitis this is not a sport its murder shame shame shame
Feb 19, 2015 diane sacchetti
Feb 19, 2015 Hartmut Küppers
Feb 19, 2015 Ambur Joshi
Feb 19, 2015 Sandra Fredriksson
Feb 19, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 19, 2015 Charlene Thorpe
Feb 19, 2015 Marion Bennett
Feb 19, 2015 Sonya Nel
Feb 19, 2015 Baaghera An
Feb 19, 2015 Debbi Wood
Feb 18, 2015 John Deakin
Feb 18, 2015 andrew deakin
Feb 18, 2015 Jeanette Nelson
Feb 18, 2015 Priscilla Lai
Feb 18, 2015 Yanky Ng
Feb 18, 2015 marisa acuna
Feb 18, 2015 clare paskiet
Feb 18, 2015 Benita Cohen
Feb 18, 2015 Brenda Jacobs
Feb 18, 2015 Nanciann Rogers
Feb 18, 2015 Susan Hodge
Feb 18, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 18, 2015 (Name not displayed)

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