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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


Dec 13, 2017 Susan Hildreth
Dec 13, 2017 Alice Calkins
Dec 13, 2017 Mr and Mrs Richard N. Huff
Dec 5, 2017 Linda Dotson
Dec 3, 2017 p pa
Dec 3, 2017 Simon Thurston
Nov 22, 2017 Kris Peterson
Nov 21, 2017 Gerri Petersen
Nov 19, 2017 Elise McCoubrie
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Nov 19, 2017 Stacey Govito
Nov 18, 2017 Gerald Ryan
Nov 18, 2017 Carol Wellman
Nov 15, 2017 Marina Nemeth
Nov 13, 2017 Ingrid Alpha
Nov 13, 2017 sonia salgueiro
Nov 13, 2017 Brandi Mounts
Nov 13, 2017 Stacey Olphin
Nov 12, 2017 Ashwini Kumar
Nov 12, 2017 Heidi Ansell
Nov 12, 2017 Sudeshna Ghosh
Nov 12, 2017 Sudeshna Ghosh
Nov 12, 2017 DayLynn McDonald
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Nov 11, 2017 Simone Duffin
Nov 11, 2017 Linda Detels
Nov 9, 2017 Deanna Allen
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Nov 9, 2017 Алексей Жезлов
Nov 8, 2017 (Name not displayed) Protect the majestic Lions!!!
Nov 6, 2017 Dawne Salloum
Nov 6, 2017 Jomarie Minton
Nov 3, 2017 Ari Schwartz
Nov 3, 2017 Grace Diglio
Nov 3, 2017 Debra Yanko
Nov 3, 2017 Tatiana Shelenga
Nov 2, 2017 Lajeanne Leveton
Nov 2, 2017 ΚΛΑΙΡΗ ΕΥΘΥΜΙΑΔΟΥ
Nov 2, 2017 Ashton Gruver
Nov 2, 2017 Denise Saccone
Oct 31, 2017 Casey Kaemerer
Oct 30, 2017 HELGA Jelus
Oct 30, 2017 Jackie Byrd
Oct 29, 2017 Kenneth Magaña
Oct 29, 2017 Nancy Butler
Oct 29, 2017 Deborah Moore
Oct 27, 2017 Ketmany Saycocie
Oct 27, 2017 Vik Cooke
Oct 26, 2017 Mary Marchbanks

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