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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

Apr 24, 2017 Sharifah Farah Debah Syed Mohammad
Apr 23, 2017 Cynthia Quast
Apr 22, 2017 Danielle Schultz
Apr 21, 2017 Corrina Parker
Apr 21, 2017 marie-pierre berjot
Apr 20, 2017 Jean Kim
Apr 19, 2017 Tracy Moyle
Apr 19, 2017 Bonnie Morais
Apr 19, 2017 Patricia Malherbe
Apr 19, 2017 Maelie Bugat
Apr 18, 2017 Nelly PRESTAT
Apr 18, 2017 Blanca Díaz
Apr 18, 2017 Dianna Gilmore
Apr 18, 2017 Debra Dragonheart
Apr 18, 2017 Monica Artifoni
Apr 18, 2017 Eleni Panagiotidou
Apr 18, 2017 Diana Moore
Apr 18, 2017 Tanja Gistl
Apr 18, 2017 Susan Holmes
Apr 18, 2017 Hélène Labatut
Apr 18, 2017 Katherine Sampson
Apr 18, 2017 Grazia Gambalunga
Apr 18, 2017 Sanand Dilip
Apr 18, 2017 Ananya Boonyarattaphun
Apr 18, 2017 Martina Behla
Apr 16, 2017 Lanette Norris
Apr 14, 2017 Victoria Joslin
Apr 14, 2017 Diane Beylen
Apr 14, 2017 Natasha Jenkins
Apr 13, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 13, 2017 Sylvia Bowman
Apr 13, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 13, 2017 Artur Xavier
Apr 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 12, 2017 Jamie Polczynski
Apr 12, 2017 Doris Alpern Trophy hunting needs to stop and be a crime. We are killing innocent animals for no reason. These animals are going extinct.
Apr 12, 2017 Linda howe
Apr 12, 2017 Tracy` Smith The death of this lion was horrible and must never happen again!
Apr 11, 2017 Rita Buquoi
Apr 11, 2017 Audrey Farrelly
Apr 11, 2017 Cynthia Pearson
Apr 11, 2017 maria santiago
Apr 10, 2017 erek king
Apr 9, 2017 Rachel Taberner
Apr 9, 2017 I. meszaros
Apr 6, 2017 Susan Cooper
Apr 6, 2017 Lens Lucas
Apr 5, 2017 Tim Young
Apr 5, 2017 Kelly Davidson
Apr 5, 2017 Susan Fisher

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