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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

Sep 22, 2017 Paola Moretti
Sep 22, 2017 Chip Pough
Sep 22, 2017 Cristina RODRIGUEZ
Sep 22, 2017 Cori Craft
Sep 22, 2017 Fiona Old
Sep 19, 2017 Juliane Rocha
Sep 18, 2017 Mary Collinson
Sep 18, 2017 glenda mauk
Sep 14, 2017 Dean OBrien
Sep 12, 2017 Sally Wise
Sep 11, 2017 Liliana Elliot
Sep 9, 2017 Wanda Mahboub
Sep 6, 2017 Janet Shoemaker
Sep 5, 2017 Kristie Hatton
Sep 4, 2017 Michelyn Martirez
Sep 2, 2017 Mona Hook To think of all the people who have been denied the observation and picture taking of this magnificent lion is so reckless and inconsiderate to mankind. We need large mammals that are able to live out their normal lifespan. No trophies, no poachers.
Sep 1, 2017 Ann Achuff
Aug 31, 2017 Jan Allen
Aug 31, 2017 Victoria Desmond
Aug 31, 2017 Richard Han
Aug 29, 2017 Adele Kirk
Aug 27, 2017 Sigrid Carter
Aug 24, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 24, 2017 Lynn Miller
Aug 23, 2017 Inês Correia
Aug 22, 2017 Richard Shadwell Now his son was killed. You need to make changes Stop The Killing he's a majestic animals that need to be protected.
Aug 20, 2017 Jeffrey Carey
Aug 20, 2017 Mary Webb
Aug 20, 2017 Christie Barrick
Aug 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 18, 2017 Apryl Mefford-Hemauer
Aug 16, 2017 Julie Hansen
Aug 16, 2017 Julie Reid
Aug 15, 2017 Jewell Batway
Aug 15, 2017 Lynn Onorato
Aug 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 13, 2017 Hinda Joy Laury
Aug 12, 2017 Mario Rocha
Aug 10, 2017 Diana Zimmerman
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Aug 10, 2017 Ellen Seeherman
Aug 10, 2017 Judith Sloane
Aug 10, 2017 K. Youmans
Aug 10, 2017 Dawn Carter
Aug 10, 2017 Shona Steere
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Aug 7, 2017 James Boneberg
Aug 7, 2017 Justine Boneberg
Aug 7, 2017 Brian Reynolds
Aug 5, 2017 Laurine League

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