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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


Aug 18, 2017 Oscar Landé
Aug 15, 2017 Lindsey Dakin
Aug 12, 2017 Mario Rocha
Aug 10, 2017 Denise Parsons
Aug 10, 2017 Robert deFlurin
Aug 8, 2017 Joanne Koulavongsa
Aug 7, 2017 Sheila White
Aug 7, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 6, 2017 Dominic Grillo jr
Aug 6, 2017 Laurine League Idiot people-sad that wildlife suffers for their sick greed
Aug 3, 2017 Stacy Butrim
Aug 2, 2017 N. Dawson Where is the punishment for this man who LURED a beautiful creature away from his safe home? $65,000.00 is not enough, how about some jail time. A gorgeous animal's head belongs on its body -ALIVE, not to be hung on a wall. Murderer.
Aug 2, 2017 Judy D Deplorable actions deserve to be paid for. The world does not want, nor care for trophies that were living, innocent creatures. These hunters with deep pockets, who live only for the dollar, ought to be shot and beheaded themselves. An eye for an eye!
Aug 2, 2017 Michael Furia
Aug 2, 2017 Teresa Foster
Aug 2, 2017 Teresa Foster
Aug 2, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 2, 2017 Dorothy Flory
Aug 2, 2017 Brittany Jacobson
Jul 31, 2017 Renate Homburg
Jul 31, 2017 Lynnie Neal
Jul 31, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 31, 2017 Julie Reid
Jul 30, 2017 Kristy Kelley
Jul 30, 2017 Ernesto Arango
Jul 30, 2017 Regina Stanley This Must STOP!
Jul 30, 2017 Cathy Shirley
Jul 30, 2017 Dotty Lefkowich I agree!
Jul 30, 2017 Sus Goldrick
Jul 29, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 29, 2017 Irene Bollington
Jul 29, 2017 Michelle Goss
Jul 29, 2017 Nadine Miller
Jul 29, 2017 David Sennett
Jul 28, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 28, 2017 kay groce
Jul 28, 2017 tammy bullock
Jul 28, 2017 serge gendron
Jul 25, 2017 Yola Stavridou Please stop the killing of these beautiful animals before it is too late !
Jul 24, 2017 Swetlana Fei
Jul 23, 2017 April Kinsella
Jul 23, 2017 Vaughna Vananda
Jul 23, 2017 Sandra Williamson
Jul 23, 2017 P Garbett
Jul 22, 2017 Steven Schueller
Jul 22, 2017 Jodi Carlin
Jul 22, 2017 Leigha Henson
Jul 22, 2017 Sara Willis
Jul 21, 2017 Samantha Hughes
Jul 21, 2017 lisa hearn

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