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In July 2015, a wealthy American hunter and his local guides lured Cecil, a well-known and beloved lion, off his nature preserve so that the lion could be killed for sport.

The brutality and heartlessness of this act has thrown into light the disgusting reality of trophy hunting and the devastating impact it has on animals and conservation efforts.

So long as the world's wealthy can pay to kill wildlife, whom conservationists work so hard to protect, there will continue to be more cases like Cecil. More animals will die just to stroke the vanity of rich hunters. People should not be permitted to kill Zimbabwe's spectacular wildlife for their amusement. It's sick and wrong.

It doesn't have to be this way.

If Zimbabwe stopped issuing hunting licenses, countless animals would be saved from untimely deaths.

Sign the petition asking the President of Zimbabwe; the Ministers of Environment, Water and Climate; the Permanent Secretary of Environment, Water and Climate; and the Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry to work together to ensure trophy hunting is banned forever in Zimbabwe.

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To the President of Zimbabwe; the Ministers of Environment, Water and Climate; the Permanent Secretary of Environment, Water and Climate; and the Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry,

The murder of Cecil, a beloved and well-known lion, is the most recent case in a long line of trophy hunters coming to Zimbabwe to kill your nation's spectacular wildlife.

While there were many aspects of this case which makes this so-called hunt appear more like a case of poaching, there is one fact that cannot be disputed: that the man who killed Cecil paid $55,000 for a hunting permit, to undertake the hunt of a lion, which was granted to him by the government of Zimbabwe.

Cecil's tragic death has shown that hunters will use any tactic necessary to kill the animals they want while maintaining a veneer of legality. Cecil was lured out of his preserve by a greedy and heartless hunter. This cannot be the first time something like this has occurred.

The Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation (ZIMASSET) states that people have the right to use environmental goods and services for their benefit, but also have the responsibility to look after the environment to ensure that future generations are able to derive similar benefits. Trophy hunting violates the ZIMASSET because the barbaric practice does not safeguard Zimbabwe's natural resources for future generations. Trophy hunting is not sustainable. It is not good for the animals or the people of Zimbabwe, as countless studies have proven that wildlife is much more beneficial alive than slain for one person's amusement, even if the cost of hunting licenses are high.

The only way to truly protect Zimbabwe's wildlife and stand in solidarity with the conservationists working alongside you to protect what is, undeniably, your nation's biggest tourist attraction, is to stop issuing permits for trophy hunting at once.

You have the power to do this. You can turn Cecil's tragic death into a catalyst for positive change.

Only by taking this hard stance can you send a clear and powerful message: Zimbabwe's wildlife is not for sale, not at any price.

Thank you for your time,

Petition Signatures


Jul 21, 2018 Susan Verser
Jul 20, 2018 MacKenzie Serpe
Jul 20, 2018 Donna Ennis
Jul 19, 2018 graciela rodriguez-sero
Jul 19, 2018 Laura Scherry
Jul 19, 2018 Nadine Duckworth
Jul 18, 2018 Teresa Underwood
Jul 18, 2018 nathalie van manen
Jul 14, 2018 spomenka neimarevic
Jul 11, 2018 Arlette SIMON
Jul 11, 2018 bruce hall
Jul 6, 2018 Tanya Lenn
Jul 5, 2018 Etelvina D. Serrano Martínez
Jul 2, 2018 Michelle Cormack Trophy hunters need to get a life and STOP taking them.
Jun 30, 2018 Linda Cypert
Jun 29, 2018 Terri Szabacsan
Jun 29, 2018 Lyn Short
Jun 29, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 29, 2018 Rachel Gaspard
Jun 29, 2018 Michele Brown
Jun 29, 2018 Stacey Olphin
Jun 29, 2018 ANGELIQUE MCCLEAN
Jun 27, 2018 Jacklyn Yancy
Jun 17, 2018 Angela Ramirez
Jun 13, 2018 Rick Hodorowich
Jun 8, 2018 Ana Chen
Jun 8, 2018 mona boggio
Jun 8, 2018 Lisa Osthues
Jun 8, 2018 Evangeline Miranda
Jun 8, 2018 Mary Keating
Jun 8, 2018 Joan Heezen
Jun 8, 2018 Elizabeth Chang
Jun 8, 2018 Sandra Kuschel
Jun 7, 2018 Susan Diller
May 29, 2018 Sally Wynn
May 28, 2018 Krista Luck
May 27, 2018 KATHLEEN TENNYSON
May 25, 2018 Nicole Goberdhan
May 25, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 25, 2018 Michelle Dingman
May 25, 2018 Jill Banta
May 24, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 24, 2018 Geraldo Majela Elias de Abreu Pereira
May 24, 2018 Lina Guerrero
May 23, 2018 Leanne Keane
May 23, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 23, 2018 Barb Breese
May 22, 2018 D'Arcy Goodrich
May 22, 2018 Charmaine McCarroll
May 22, 2018 Lauren Madican

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