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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


Jun 24, 2017 Nathan Fisher
Jun 23, 2017 linda schutte
Jun 22, 2017 Roberta Nava
Jun 22, 2017 Lisa Frey Please protect these beautiful animals. They look better walking and running out in nature as GOD intended as opposed to posed in someone's house.
Jun 22, 2017 Rob Dexter
Jun 22, 2017 Beverly Brown
Jun 22, 2017 Mary Ware
Jun 22, 2017 Carol Phipps
Jun 21, 2017 Torunn Hvilsten
Jun 21, 2017 tammy bullock
Jun 21, 2017 Taryn Geer
Jun 21, 2017 Sabina Taneja
Jun 17, 2017 Paola Moretti
Jun 17, 2017 Susan Hill
Jun 16, 2017 Stephanie Brake
Jun 16, 2017 Deon Naidoo
Jun 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 15, 2017 Sandi Muise All killing of wildlife for thrills, and the monetary gain for the people in charge of allowing this to happen, must stop NOW!
Jun 14, 2017 Sara Vilhena
Jun 13, 2017 Anne Smith
Jun 9, 2017 Beth Smith
Jun 9, 2017 Christy Kyriss FILTHY DESPICABLE GREED AT THE ANIMALS' EXPENSE!! This one's for you, Cecil! You're not forgotten.
Jun 8, 2017 melissa suarez
Jun 8, 2017 carl hayes
Jun 8, 2017 Darlene Kosar Its a crime to harm any defenseless animal. Because you have money that does not give you any right to kill an animal.
Jun 8, 2017 Kris Peterson
Jun 7, 2017 Maristela Machado
Jun 7, 2017 Marlene Beatrice Pena Finol 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.
Jun 6, 2017 Maiko Kushida
Jun 5, 2017 Samantha Manso
Jun 4, 2017 Gabi Sorrell
Jun 3, 2017 Shelby Buck
Jun 3, 2017 Frédéric Jaubert
Jun 3, 2017 Linda Ferland
Jun 2, 2017 DD REDMAN
Jun 2, 2017 Barbara Phillips
Jun 2, 2017 norma alvarado
Jun 1, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 1, 2017 Leah Santini
Jun 1, 2017 Cynthia Super
Jun 1, 2017 Fern Walker
May 31, 2017 Lindsey Dakin
May 31, 2017 JENNIFER PIES
May 31, 2017 Monet Nangel Please implement sustainable laws to protect your wildlife resources for future generations. Trophy hunting isn't good stewardship and needs to be abolished.
May 30, 2017 Ana Krieger
May 30, 2017 REBEKAH MORRIS
May 30, 2017 brad henry
May 29, 2017 Janet Pickard
May 29, 2017 Leslie Pfost
May 29, 2017 Jacqueline Lamoureux

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