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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

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
Aug 10, 2017 (Name not displayed)
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
Aug 7, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 7, 2017 James Boneberg
Aug 7, 2017 Justine Boneberg
Aug 7, 2017 Brian Reynolds
Aug 5, 2017 Laurine League
Aug 4, 2017 Julie Attard
Aug 4, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 2, 2017 Donna Gilbert
Aug 2, 2017 Ornella Micone
Aug 1, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 31, 2017 AnnMarie Morales To destroy an animals just to do so is NOT an accomplishment. It is disgusting and wrong.
Jul 30, 2017 Debra Carter
Jul 29, 2017 Boris Lerner
Jul 28, 2017 Kay Birkinshaw
Jul 26, 2017 Patricia Palmer Shooting a trapped animal is just indefensible. It wasn't bring anyone. It couldn't get away. It should be criminal.
Jul 26, 2017 arline lohli
Jul 24, 2017 Yola Stavridou
Jul 24, 2017 Kerry Gunby These guys should be shot! Sorry for the violence!
Jul 24, 2017 Susan jones
Jul 23, 2017 Carol Carter Let's say never again, because when they are gone, it's forever! I have little power to protect them, but to ask those who can to make sure they are not put on a wall, that's not their purpose!
Jul 23, 2017 Jim Spooner
Jul 23, 2017 David Sennett
Jul 22, 2017 Carol Dixon
Jul 22, 2017 Steven Schueller
Jul 22, 2017 Jodi Carlin
Jul 22, 2017 Sara Willis
Jul 22, 2017 Serenella Castri
Jul 21, 2017 Sandra Williamson
Jul 21, 2017 Pauline Roche
Jul 20, 2017 (Name not displayed) Please protect these beautiful animals. No amount of money is worth causing lions to become extinct.

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