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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: 59,148
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 30, 2014 Emily Young
Oct 30, 2014 Hilary Danch This must be stopped! Such a cruel and horrible thing to be doing!
Oct 30, 2014 R. E. Kish "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated..." Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (Gandhi was assassinated on 30 January 1948, and shot at point-blank-range by Nathuram Godse).
Oct 30, 2014 Carol Long
Oct 30, 2014 drvipul dave
Oct 30, 2014 Noelle Ray
Oct 30, 2014 Tracy Smith These animals are too majestic to be treated this way! So cruel and unfair!
Oct 30, 2014 Jacqui Stevens The world cares more about the beautiful lion's lives than you being alive so you can hunt them down to get your stupid trophy's. Do you think people are proud of you or something?
Oct 30, 2014 Ciara O Neill
Oct 30, 2014 Laurie Grady
Oct 30, 2014 heidi rodriguez
Oct 29, 2014 Michele Marshall
Oct 29, 2014 Miquel López López
Oct 29, 2014 Brett Comley
Oct 29, 2014 liliane DI PAOLO une honte pour le plaisir d'un trophée
Oct 29, 2014 Mell Lintern
Oct 29, 2014 Amy Whitfield
Oct 29, 2014 Amy Wiesner
Oct 29, 2014 mieke wilms
Oct 29, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 29, 2014 Rosemary Webber
Oct 29, 2014 chris gordon
Oct 29, 2014 Alicia Klick
Oct 29, 2014 Chris Antico
Oct 29, 2014 Alfred Montgomery
Oct 29, 2014 Linda Gilmore
Oct 29, 2014 Ann-Kristine Jakobsen
Oct 29, 2014 Christiane Santos
Oct 29, 2014 Jill Horner
Oct 29, 2014 C G
Oct 29, 2014 hanh doan
Oct 29, 2014 Alma Bolton To allow any animal be hunted for trophy is not acceptable from anyone anywhere. Please put a halt to this cruel act of sport!
Oct 29, 2014 michele maio
Oct 29, 2014 Madeleine Doran
Oct 29, 2014 Monica Odgers
Oct 29, 2014 Alisa Ostwalt
Oct 29, 2014 Laurie Hardies
Oct 29, 2014 Judith Wilson
Oct 29, 2014 Mercedes DiMaio
Oct 29, 2014 Barbara mcnulty
Oct 29, 2014 ETTWILLER ANITA
Oct 28, 2014 Geri Wynn
Oct 28, 2014 Darcie Wentworth
Oct 27, 2014 Sheena Warren
Oct 27, 2014 Nick Flanagan
Oct 26, 2014 Antoinette Gonzales
Oct 26, 2014 mauffrey magali
Oct 26, 2014 Lynn Currier
Oct 26, 2014 sylvie agusti
Oct 26, 2014 antona manuela

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