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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: 59,262
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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


Nov 21, 2014 Tatiana Koroleva
Nov 20, 2014 Pana Amarang
Nov 19, 2014 Lisa Perry
Nov 19, 2014 Jessica Edwards
Nov 19, 2014 Renata Ceolin Ost Viegas
Nov 19, 2014 SUSAN O'KEEFE
Nov 18, 2014 Amy Austin Stop trophy hunting lions
Nov 18, 2014 Ina Baumeister
Nov 17, 2014 Lewis Weber
Nov 16, 2014 Rosalind Andrews
Nov 16, 2014 Rashalle Eubanks
Nov 16, 2014 madeleine dao
Nov 16, 2014 Lesley Freeman
Nov 16, 2014 hilde de meirleir
Nov 16, 2014 Lois Schreur
Nov 15, 2014 Nadia herpoel
Nov 15, 2014 kelly v
Nov 15, 2014 Koos Dekker
Nov 15, 2014 jolanda meier
Nov 15, 2014 (Name not displayed) STIOP DIERENLEED
Nov 15, 2014 Marianne Muijtjens
Nov 15, 2014 Iwona Katwijk
Nov 15, 2014 klaas van Santen
Nov 15, 2014 carine de bruyne
Nov 15, 2014 wilma lagrand
Nov 15, 2014 Dora De Roeck
Nov 15, 2014 leah tetzlaff
Nov 14, 2014 Barbara Boltz
Nov 14, 2014 Kim Ferguson
Nov 14, 2014 Jen Mayfield-Shafer
Nov 14, 2014 patty Currey
Nov 13, 2014 Autumn Amsallen
Nov 13, 2014 CLAIRE owen
Nov 13, 2014 SILVIA RISOLDI
Nov 13, 2014 Megan Tillman
Nov 13, 2014 Janice Mayer
Nov 12, 2014 Keith Beam
Nov 12, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 12, 2014 Carlos Pruitt
Nov 12, 2014 Denise Mineart
Nov 12, 2014 Eilis Scott
Nov 12, 2014 Dina Mattas
Nov 12, 2014 David Romportl
Nov 12, 2014 Melinda May Killing is not a sport! Trophy hunting is unnecessary and cruel!
Nov 12, 2014 Sandra Broadhead
Nov 12, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 12, 2014 l wartick
Nov 12, 2014 Noemi Tello-Botdorf
Nov 12, 2014 Carol Dibb-
Nov 12, 2014 qumars shenasai

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