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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: 58,201
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


Sep 29, 2014 Dona LaSchiava Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace. ~Albert Schweitzer
Sep 29, 2014 Tania Llewellyn
Sep 29, 2014 Terri Henry
Sep 29, 2014 Elizabeth Golden
Sep 29, 2014 Meranda Elliott
Sep 29, 2014 Ruth Olafsdottir
Sep 29, 2014 shaun farr
Sep 29, 2014 Patricia Parramore
Sep 28, 2014 Ebony Slade
Sep 28, 2014 Nicole Murray
Sep 28, 2014 Eva Terry
Sep 28, 2014 Fjóla Margrét
Sep 28, 2014 Eva Hiwan Abraha
Sep 28, 2014 Henrietta Smith
Sep 28, 2014 Honorine BILOGAN
Sep 28, 2014 Cathrine Nyquist
Sep 27, 2014 Tomasz Mroziński
Sep 27, 2014 Carole GABURRO
Sep 27, 2014 Kari Rosell
Sep 27, 2014 Béatrice SILVESTRE
Sep 26, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 26, 2014 Alejandro Flores
Sep 26, 2014 Laetitia LEFEBVRE
Sep 26, 2014 AKIKO SAKAGUCHI
Sep 26, 2014 Hiltrud Bajraktaraj Protect Lions From Cruel Trophy Hunting
Sep 26, 2014 Mayumi Kaneko
Sep 26, 2014 katerina mikolecka
Sep 25, 2014 Misato Yamada
Sep 25, 2014 erina koyama
Sep 25, 2014 Oscar Landé
Sep 25, 2014 Kris Whitman
Sep 25, 2014 debra maciol
Sep 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 25, 2014 Nanci A Prado
Sep 25, 2014 Liliana Torres
Sep 25, 2014 MAURIZIO VANNI Save them forever
Sep 25, 2014 Rozanna Ramirez
Sep 25, 2014 Betty Lenke Lions have become extinct in 26 countries. Stop this NOW!!
Sep 25, 2014 nubijay rodriguez
Sep 25, 2014 Denise Eddy
Sep 25, 2014 Stacey Gunderson
Sep 25, 2014 Zeljka Stojanovic Only MONSTERS can kill these beautiful,amasing,magnificent animals!
Sep 25, 2014 Mahdiyah Sumaiyah It is not understandable to me how hunting these beautiful, majestic creatures is still acceptable. Please protect these beautiful animals so that future generations can enjoy them. Thank you.
Sep 25, 2014 Heidi Butler
Sep 25, 2014 Sela Usumi
Sep 25, 2014 donna furano
Sep 25, 2014 Robert Henderson
Sep 25, 2014 Giulia Limperopoulos
Sep 25, 2014 Elena Vizuet
Sep 25, 2014 ana cecilia henao

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