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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


Mar 28, 2017 Valéria Menicucci
Mar 27, 2017 wilfrid quevedo
Mar 26, 2017 MacKenzie Serpe
Mar 26, 2017 Theresa Boisseau
Mar 25, 2017 Betty Dahlem They were not put on this earth for trophy humans, shame on anyone that does this and may karma catches up to they
Mar 25, 2017 Kyriaki P
Mar 25, 2017 JANEL COHEN
Mar 25, 2017 Diana Moore
Mar 25, 2017 Alice VanKoevering
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Mar 25, 2017 Marisa Diaz
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Mar 25, 2017 Jeannie Dixon
Mar 24, 2017 Karen Wilkinson
Mar 21, 2017 Connie Cherry
Mar 20, 2017 Roger Williams
Mar 20, 2017 Debra Pidick
Mar 20, 2017 Michele Manuel
Mar 20, 2017 Pia Heyn
Mar 20, 2017 Nancy Connor
Mar 20, 2017 Jennifer Lindridge
Mar 20, 2017 Jennifer Lindridge
Mar 20, 2017 Leah Stanley
Mar 19, 2017 Fred Fall
Mar 18, 2017 Marie-Nicole Lapeyrade
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Mar 17, 2017 Pamela Rogers
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Mar 17, 2017 Dena Weirich
Mar 17, 2017 Diane Policastro
Mar 17, 2017 Audrey Farrelly
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Mar 16, 2017 jill small
Mar 15, 2017 Alson Sachs
Mar 15, 2017 Erika Fromme
Mar 14, 2017 Andreas Sachs
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Mar 10, 2017 Carol Blissing
Mar 10, 2017 Ann Debord
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