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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


Oct 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 22, 2017 Athena Tsiatsios
Oct 22, 2017 Chris Zens
Oct 21, 2017 Adeline Wong
Oct 21, 2017 Leah Santini
Oct 21, 2017 Melissa Armstrong
Oct 21, 2017 jeanette wilson
Oct 20, 2017 Adam Ostler
Oct 16, 2017 Emilia Arcaleni
Oct 16, 2017 Jaana Pajulintu
Oct 16, 2017 cindy norris killing is killing! conservation is to preserve and protect to prevent extinction.
Oct 16, 2017 michelle taylor The only good hunter is a dead one.These bastard animal killers MUST be exterminated!
Oct 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 15, 2017 Beth Reprince Any form of hunting is cruel and unnecessary.
Oct 14, 2017 Marianne Keller
Oct 14, 2017 Brent Pennell
Oct 14, 2017 Cynthia Begner
Oct 14, 2017 Ilse DePriest
Oct 14, 2017 Kate Bernhart
Oct 14, 2017 Karl-Heinz Braun
Oct 13, 2017 Zach Wachs
Oct 13, 2017 L.J. Robinson
Oct 13, 2017 Roseann Maziarek
Oct 13, 2017 Terri Dustan
Oct 13, 2017 Sharon Ofenstein
Oct 13, 2017 Terri Lynch
Oct 13, 2017 Giovanna Martinez
Oct 13, 2017 Krystal Burroughs
Oct 13, 2017 María Jose Saenz
Oct 13, 2017 Elise Caplan
Oct 13, 2017 thomas friedman
Oct 13, 2017 Beverley Tremayne
Oct 13, 2017 Linda Burrows
Oct 12, 2017 Paweł Kawałkowski
Oct 12, 2017 Janet Clark
Oct 12, 2017 Gisela Zech
Oct 12, 2017 Lorelei Wood Please save this beautiful animal! Good karma for you in the end..
Oct 12, 2017 Terry Brown
Oct 12, 2017 Erin Arnold
Oct 12, 2017 Virginia Kane
Oct 12, 2017 Janine Hill
Oct 12, 2017 Tessa Young
Oct 12, 2017 Gloria Wilson Trophy hunting should be banned worldwide. It is sickening.
Oct 12, 2017 Joan Faiola
Oct 12, 2017 Micaela Sorin
Oct 12, 2017 Sandra Gilliard
Oct 12, 2017 Aude Mongiatti
Oct 11, 2017 Brian Swift
Oct 11, 2017 Elaine Davis
Oct 11, 2017 Denise Griffin Stand up for our vulnerable species of wildlife before it's too late. Please ensure the protection of the African Lion by making hunting them a crime.

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