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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


Feb 22, 2017 Amy Williamson
Feb 21, 2017 Lorrie Koenings
Feb 21, 2017 Annam Fisher
Feb 20, 2017 Cara Ammon
Feb 19, 2017 jeri davidoff
Feb 18, 2017 Natalia Smirnova
Feb 18, 2017 Eunice Olson
Feb 18, 2017 helen emmerson
Feb 18, 2017 Amedeo Scircoli
Feb 17, 2017 Melinda M.Norman
Feb 17, 2017 Nick Marino
Feb 16, 2017 Leslie Pfost
Feb 16, 2017 Darian Mark
Feb 16, 2017 Kerry Lang
Feb 16, 2017 Karin Braunsberger
Feb 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 15, 2017 Rhoda Kalt
Feb 15, 2017 Nico Sandman
Feb 13, 2017 Chris Sante
Feb 13, 2017 Deborah Foster
Feb 10, 2017 José Ángel
Feb 9, 2017 Susan Spangler
Feb 9, 2017 Daisy Costa
Feb 9, 2017 Brian Pike
Feb 9, 2017 Carmen Blakely
Feb 9, 2017 Randyl Sachs
Feb 9, 2017 Cynthia Neill
Feb 9, 2017 Miss Pangrazi
Feb 7, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 7, 2017 Briana J Silan Prenger
Feb 7, 2017 Roslyn Miller
Feb 6, 2017 Ann Knowles
Feb 5, 2017 Anna Tangi
Feb 5, 2017 Stacey Govito
Feb 4, 2017 Cindy Ray
Feb 4, 2017 Fred Lebold
Feb 4, 2017 Laura Harris
Feb 4, 2017 Linda Anderson Trophy hunting is a joke. No real skill involved, just plain murder!
Feb 3, 2017 Debbie Looker Let's look after
Feb 3, 2017 Milithza Silva
Feb 2, 2017 Susan Oldershaw Just disgusting! I hope the hunters get killed..
Feb 2, 2017 letitia musano
Feb 2, 2017 Angela Day
Feb 2, 2017 Gilberto Simao
Feb 1, 2017 Victoria Roberts This is so cruel it must be stopped we need to protect these
Feb 1, 2017 diane lenart
Jan 31, 2017 Siamak Owhadi Please care for lions
Jan 31, 2017 Amanda Dickinson
Jan 31, 2017 Jennifer Domsich
Jan 31, 2017 leslie shellberg

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