Target: Ségolène Royal, Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy in France.
Goal: Praise France for being the first European country to ban hunting trophies.
France has become the first European country to ban the transport of hunting trophies into its borders. This decision comes on the heels of the unjust death of Cecil the lion. Thank France’s Minister of Ecology for his show of support for Cecil and for taking a step forward in animal conservation.
African lions have declined in population by over 42 percent in the last 21 years. They are now facing extinction. Though it was once thought that trophy hunting was helping the species, evidence suggests otherwise. Trophy hunting targets valuable individuals in the pride. Lions like Cecil are the ones that will be picked off resulting in a weaker and more vulnerable pride. The remaining lions are less likely to survive in the wild and further their species. Trophy hunting combined with habitat loss, trade, and human interference has put the African lion in a dangerous position.
Despite the statistics, canned and trophy hunting are still legal. However, Cecil’s death has drawn attention to this issue and has given world leaders a reason to reevaluate their stance. The release of the documentary Blood Lions has been a catalyst in the shifting of opinions on trophy hunting. Its release in Europe is cited as the reason for France’s change of heart. Sign below to show your support for France and to encourage further efforts to stop trophy hunting.
Dear Mr. Royal,
We’d like to express our gratitude for your recent decision to ban the import of hunting trophies into France. By banning hunting trophies, you have taken a step forward in animal conservation and given the African lion a greater chance of survival.
The African lion is in danger due to habitat loss, human interference, and trade. Its numbers have decreased by 42 percent in the last 21 years, putting it dangerously close to extinction. With trophy hunting on the rise, the African lion is especially vulnerable.
Trophy hunting targets key members of a pride. Without those members, the pride is more susceptible to predators and other dangerous elements. Your decision to ban hunting trophies will set a precedent for other countries and work to make trophy hunting less acceptable.
We commend you for your decision to ban hunting trophies and encourage you to continue supporting animal conservation.
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