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The world was shocked when a wealthy American hunter, Walter Palmer, illegally killed and beheaded Cecil, a beloved and friendly lion for "sport." Cecil was lured off the wildlife preserve where he lived and murdered for Palmer's entertainment. Lions continue to be subjected to these needless hunts that stroke hunter's egos while devastating prides. Sign today to show your disgust with the barbaric practice of trophy hunting.
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Tell the International Union for Conservation of Nature that vulnerable species shouldn't be allowed in game hunts.

Many people mistakenly and understandably think that lions are considered an endangered species. Lions have become extinct in 26 countries. Only seven countries – Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe – are believed to contain more than 1,000 lions each. Despite this fact, they are still only classified as a "vulnerable species" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the governing body that determines such categorizations, and by extension, whether certain protections are put in place for a species.

Between 1999 and 2008, 64% of the 5,663 lions that were killed in the African wild for sport ended up as trophies back in the United States. While arguments that the hefty fees associated with the permits to hunt these magnificent creatures can offset the costs of conservation efforts, the risk of this leading to eventual extinction is a real threat. Because prime male lions are often the most coveted trophies, the process places entire prides at risk by disrupting the speciesÂ’ complex social structure. Prime male lions are the primary protectors of females and cubs, and a decrease in their population places the rest of the family in a truly vulnerable position. Killing the strongest and most fit lions also removes the best genes from the pool, weakening the species as a whole.

It's time to ensure that animals classified as "vulnerable" are truly protected. Tell the IUCN that trophy hunters should not be allowed to target vulnerable species.

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Dear Director General Julia Marton-Lefevre:

I believe the time has come to actively re-evaluate the protections we offer to vulnerable species. Your recommendations have such a powerful influence on how these decisions are made, and you are in an actionable position to increase the protection of truly vulnerable species, such as the African lion, a creature being ruthlessly hunted towards "endangered" status every year.

Many people mistakenly and understandably think that lions are considered an endangered species. Lions have become extinct in 26 countries. Despite this fact, they are still only classified as a "vulnerable species" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

While arguments that the hefty fees associated with the permits to hunt these magnificent creatures can offset the costs of conservation efforts, the risk of this leading to eventual extinction is a real threat. Because prime male lions are often the most coveted trophies, the process places entire prides at risk by disrupting the species' complex social structure. Prime male lions are the primary protectors of females and cubs, and their death places the rest of the family in a truly vulnerable position. Killing the strongest and most fit lions also removes the best genes from the pool, weakening the species as a whole.

Animals that are classified as "vulnerable" should be truly protected. Please change the legal status of "vulnerable" to prevent trophy hunters from targeting animals with precarious situations. Please consider addressing this urgent matter before you step down in 2014.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Jul 22, 2018 Laura LaRocca
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Jul 21, 2018 Susan Verser
Jul 21, 2018 Roxann Bannach
Jul 21, 2018 Dolores Herrmann
Jul 21, 2018 Catherine Ogburn
Jul 19, 2018 Jean-Pierre Lacan
Jul 19, 2018 Angela Hughes
Jul 19, 2018 aartje van den heuvel
Jul 19, 2018 Davina Gilligan
Jul 19, 2018 Nadine Duckworth
Jul 19, 2018 joanne clark
Jul 18, 2018 Terri Raimondo
Jul 17, 2018 Laura Coronel
Jul 17, 2018 Sher Clark
Jul 17, 2018 Ianto Anglesey https://www.awf.org/wildlife-conservation/lion, http://www.savingthelion.org/, https://defenders.org/lion/what-you-can-do, BigCatRescue.org
Jul 14, 2018 spomenka neimarevic
Jul 9, 2018 Rick Hodorowich
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Jul 1, 2018 Frances Gower
Jun 30, 2018 Andrea Vos
Jun 29, 2018 Elizabeth Mitchell
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Jun 29, 2018 ashley erdmann
Jun 29, 2018 KIM HALL
Jun 29, 2018 Alicia Orr
Jun 29, 2018 Barbara MILES
Jun 29, 2018 ANGELIQUE MCCLEAN
Jun 28, 2018 Lauren Moch
Jun 27, 2018 Jacklyn Yancy
Jun 26, 2018 Becky Tank
Jun 17, 2018 Jocelyn Valdez
Jun 17, 2018 Anthony Buchanan
Jun 9, 2018 Judy Bradley
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Jun 8, 2018 Ana Chen
Jun 8, 2018 Elizabeth Chang
Jun 8, 2018 Laura Valentine
Jun 8, 2018 Rachel Gaspard
Jun 7, 2018 Tam Long
May 30, 2018 Kevin Mongelli
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May 26, 2018 Diane Applin
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May 26, 2018 Leslie Vanlessen
May 25, 2018 gabriele jefferson
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May 24, 2018 Angel Woytovich
May 23, 2018 Robert New
May 23, 2018 Ursula Sand Lebon . . . : STOP KILLING OUR PLANET !!! SAVE THE PLANET. KILL YOURSELF.

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