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The world was shocked when a wealthy American hunter, Walter Palmer, illegally killed and beheaded Cecil, a beloved and friendly lion for "sport." Cecil was lured off the wildlife preserve where he lived and murdered for Palmer's entertainment. Lions continue to be subjected to these needless hunts that stroke hunter's egos while devastating prides. Sign today to show your disgust with the barbaric practice of trophy hunting.
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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 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


Apr 15, 2018 Richard Bosboom
Apr 14, 2018 Suzanne Levi
Apr 14, 2018 Erin Kennedy We're at the Brink of Extinction for Lions! End Trophy Hunting Now!!!!
Apr 12, 2018 Donna Arnold
Apr 11, 2018 Lisa vasta
Apr 9, 2018 Shawnda Drennen-Schwartz
Apr 6, 2018 Barbara Beierl
Apr 5, 2018 LINDA MILLER
Apr 5, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 5, 2018 Jim Grice
Apr 4, 2018 Dorothy Walker
Apr 2, 2018 susan shawket
Apr 1, 2018 Norma sandler A SPORT IS WHEN BOTH OPPONANTS ARE EQUAL! THIS IS COWARDLY MURDER OF THE INNOCENT SHOULD BE PUNISHED BY REMOVING THE HANDS OF THE MURDERERS, AND THAT INCLUDES THE TRUMP BOYS.
Mar 31, 2018 Alyssa Oggiono
Mar 30, 2018 Terri Robb
Mar 29, 2018 cathy king
Mar 29, 2018 Anne Marie Baese
Mar 29, 2018 Jánosné Sebők
Mar 29, 2018 Patrice GARCIA
Mar 27, 2018 Wendy Springstead
Mar 27, 2018 Olga Sebok
Mar 27, 2018 June Ammirati
Mar 26, 2018 Arthur Seligman
Mar 26, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 26, 2018 Lourdes Almenara
Mar 25, 2018 Carol De Hart
Mar 25, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 25, 2018 Jene Malcomson
Mar 25, 2018 Lynne Holt
Mar 25, 2018 Nancy Kurpaitis
Mar 25, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 25, 2018 Susan Hogarth
Mar 25, 2018 Rachel Lanza
Mar 25, 2018 Serenella Castri
Mar 25, 2018 Becky Hinson
Mar 25, 2018 Jan Allen
Mar 24, 2018 carri perani-welsh
Mar 23, 2018 irene schweizer
Mar 22, 2018 Sue Meyers
Mar 21, 2018 M Lopez
Mar 20, 2018 Lisa Delabre
Mar 19, 2018 Lisa J Sims
Mar 19, 2018 Sophie Miranda
Mar 19, 2018 Annemarie Ramaekers
Mar 19, 2018 Alessandro Romeo
Mar 19, 2018 suzanne sullivan
Mar 18, 2018 Lisa Barrett
Mar 18, 2018 Yvonne Tota
Mar 18, 2018 Linda Stone
Mar 17, 2018 Kathy mckinnon

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