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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 15, 2018 LUCY JENSON
Apr 11, 2018 Tami Mccready
Apr 11, 2018 Lisa vasta
Apr 10, 2018 Elizabeth Wolff
Apr 7, 2018 Janet Christian
Apr 6, 2018 Marlen Elias
Apr 6, 2018 C Mittelstead
Apr 6, 2018 Shirley Cooksley
Apr 5, 2018 Lois Turnbull
Apr 5, 2018 Amy Gibson
Apr 5, 2018 Maureen Wheeler
Apr 5, 2018 Beau Ryba
Apr 4, 2018 Nicole Glischinski
Apr 3, 2018 Tania Rivera
Apr 2, 2018 Barbara Costanzo
Apr 2, 2018 Norma Morgan
Mar 31, 2018 LOUISE MOORE
Mar 31, 2018 Mary Smith
Mar 30, 2018 Anne Boleyn
Mar 30, 2018 Kristy gillett
Mar 29, 2018 Rosalinde Katz
Mar 29, 2018 inge nespolon
Mar 27, 2018 Darilynn McCoy
Mar 27, 2018 Angela LaRochelle
Mar 27, 2018 Llauren Peralta
Mar 27, 2018 Angelita Ritz
Mar 26, 2018 Susan Chandler Stanley
Mar 26, 2018 Sophie Miranda
Mar 25, 2018 Laura Gustoson
Mar 25, 2018 angus murris
Mar 25, 2018 Susan Hogarth
Mar 25, 2018 Jonathan Ludwig
Mar 25, 2018 Roberta Norris
Mar 25, 2018 Charlotte Mullen
Mar 25, 2018 Helena Berg
Mar 25, 2018 Dolores O'Connor
Mar 25, 2018 Kathryn Summerfield
Mar 25, 2018 susan shawket
Mar 25, 2018 Marina Rinaldini
Mar 25, 2018 Tracy Kalesnik
Mar 25, 2018 Petra Stadtmueller
Mar 25, 2018 Per Ingebrigtsen
Mar 24, 2018 Joann Henderson
Mar 24, 2018 carri perani-welsh
Mar 22, 2018 Peggy Foley
Mar 21, 2018 Wendy Steele Anyone who kills for fun has a black hole where their heart should. Soon there will be nothing left for our kids to see or aopreciate.
Mar 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 21, 2018 Martha Vest

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