Skip navigation

no spam, unsubscribe anytime.
Skip navigation
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.
Goal: 300,000 Progress: 196,770
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.

Sign Here






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


Jun 24, 2017 Sara Vilhena
Jun 23, 2017 Carmen Alvarez Thibodeaux
Jun 22, 2017 Shelley Dorgan
Jun 22, 2017 Beverly Brown
Jun 22, 2017 Mary Ware
Jun 22, 2017 Carol Phipps
Jun 21, 2017 Lina Guerrero
Jun 21, 2017 mirella santi
Jun 21, 2017 Sabina Taneja
Jun 21, 2017 Linda Ferland
Jun 21, 2017 Jennifer Rier
Jun 21, 2017 Cheryl Teo
Jun 19, 2017 Annette McMullen
Jun 19, 2017 Martha Griffith
Jun 17, 2017 M C MYERS
Jun 17, 2017 Susan Hill
Jun 16, 2017 Arlene m
Jun 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 14, 2017 Diana Dee
Jun 14, 2017 Fabian Müller
Jun 14, 2017 C. Marie Hlushtchyk
Jun 14, 2017 Manuela Nestler
Jun 14, 2017 Sabine Nathusius
Jun 14, 2017 Linda Cook
Jun 13, 2017 G Chan
Jun 13, 2017 Megan Ryan
Jun 13, 2017 Karen McHugh
Jun 13, 2017 John Vukovich
Jun 13, 2017 Mary Sier
Jun 10, 2017 SILVIA OLIVERI
Jun 9, 2017 Diana Savage
Jun 9, 2017 Beth Smith
Jun 9, 2017 Dale Drouin
Jun 9, 2017 Eclectic Craft Venue
Jun 9, 2017 Ester Balinger
Jun 8, 2017 Maria Johnson
Jun 8, 2017 Sandy A
Jun 8, 2017 Jacqueline Straw
Jun 8, 2017 Pati Jio
Jun 8, 2017 Desta Barnabe
Jun 8, 2017 kathy humes you know this is wrong!!! stop the slaughter!!!!
Jun 6, 2017 Maiko Kushida
Jun 3, 2017 Frédéric Jaubert
Jun 3, 2017 Sandra Schomberg
Jun 2, 2017 DD REDMAN
Jun 2, 2017 Irene Broussard
Jun 2, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 2, 2017 Pirja Pallasmaa
Jun 1, 2017 Cherryl Bryant
May 31, 2017 MJ Anderson

back to top

Take Flight Flip Flops
Share this page and help protect habitat: