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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


Jul 25, 2017 Yola Stavridou Please stop the killing of these beautiful animals before it is too late !
Jul 24, 2017 Swetlana Fei
Jul 23, 2017 April Kinsella
Jul 23, 2017 Vaughna Vananda
Jul 23, 2017 Sandra Williamson
Jul 23, 2017 P Garbett
Jul 22, 2017 Steven Schueller
Jul 22, 2017 Jodi Carlin
Jul 22, 2017 Leigha Henson
Jul 22, 2017 Sara Willis
Jul 21, 2017 Samantha Hughes
Jul 21, 2017 lisa hearn
Jul 20, 2017 Alanna Reuben
Jul 20, 2017 Pamela Puskarich
Jul 20, 2017 LINDA PANNIER
Jul 20, 2017 Mark Turner
Jul 20, 2017 Donna Ruehlow
Jul 19, 2017 Aurelia Gergely
Jul 19, 2017 Judy Brown
Jul 19, 2017 Fausta Dimascio
Jul 17, 2017 Janine Schenck
Jul 17, 2017 regina sondej
Jul 17, 2017 Linda Cypert
Jul 14, 2017 Jan Payne
Jul 14, 2017 nicholas eason
Jul 14, 2017 Linda Hunt
Jul 13, 2017 George W Mason Greed and vanity are classed as "deadly sins"", they do not justify needless hunting of animals for "sport" or trophies.
Jul 12, 2017 Arrie Hammel
Jul 12, 2017 NEDRA COMACK
Jul 10, 2017 Ellen Prior
Jul 9, 2017 Rex De Silva Trophy hunting is cruel; the animal does not stand a chance. These animals must be truly protected.
Jul 9, 2017 Susan Smith
Jul 9, 2017 Kim Bingaman I just don't understand the so called sport. This practice has to end!
Jul 8, 2017 Dìane van Weelie
Jul 8, 2017 Paula Morgan
Jul 7, 2017 JosefineAnne Gobreville
Jul 7, 2017 judy o'sullivan
Jul 4, 2017 Sofia Jensen
Jul 4, 2017 Karen Moore
Jul 2, 2017 Samantha Manso
Jun 29, 2017 Melba Lajara
Jun 27, 2017 JANICK SANSON
Jun 26, 2017 Rilla Heslin END ALL HUNTING FOR TROPHIES!!!
Jun 26, 2017 carol king
Jun 26, 2017 Kimberley Duve
Jun 26, 2017 Robert Burns
Jun 25, 2017 Susan Borys
Jun 25, 2017 Michelle Fortener
Jun 25, 2017 Martha Wallace
Jun 24, 2017 Mona Manera

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