Success: Romania Bans Trophy Hunting


Target: Cristiana Pașca Palmer, Romanian Minister of Environment, Waters and Forests

Goal: Praise recent nationwide ban on hunting of vulnerable “trophy animals.”

Romania has outlawed the hunting of a number of large carnivore species, giving these vulnerable animals protection from poachers. Under the country’s new law, it is now illegal to hunt brown bears, lynx, wolves, and wild cats–creatures known as “trophy animals.” Trophy hunting has been the subject of multiple ForceChange petitions, such as the ones seen here and here.

The recent move came about in response to the growing problem of over-hunting that began when Romania joined the European Union nine years ago.  Since that time, trophy hunting has become a multi-million euro industry. In 2016 alone, hunting quotas gave hunters the right to kill 600 wolves, 550 bears, and 500 big cats.

According to the Romanian government, such excessive hunting was possible through a loophole in the legal system that allows hunters to kill wild animals if they posed a threat to humans. This vague and unclear clause had been abused by greedy hunters, but now the government has intervened and taken action to save these animals.

Trophy hunting has long been decried as a selfish and inhumane act. Sign the petition below to thank the government for taking action to save vulnerable animals.


Dear Ms. Palmer,

I am writing to applaud your government’s recent decision to ban trophy hunting. For too long, greedy hunters have taken advantage of a legal loophole as they slaughtered thousands of innocent creatures. Bears, wolves, lynx, and other wild cats deserve protection and should not be hunted for sport, and your government’s firm ruling will help protect these valuable animals from an unnecessary and untimely death.

With this ban, you send the message that Romania will no longer tolerate miscreants who bend the rules to suit their own selfish needs. Thank you for your commitment to protecting these animals, and I wish you the best of luck in enforcing this new measure.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Angela Rabon says:

    Thank you, Romania!!

  2. now treat the dogs and cats humanely now.

  3. Thankyou Romania its a step forward to trying to protect the wildlife more than i can say for the bigger Countries well done.

  4. Ms Plamer Cristina Pașca Palmer, Romanian Minister of Environment, Waters and Forests,

    Please accept my deepest gratitude for your most considerate and humane action regarding the ban on trophy hunting. I can only hope your country can be seen as a leader and will light the way for the rest of the world to follow.
    The country wide ban on trophy hunting is a righteous thing you have done. But I would also hope that when hunting season comes around that you will consider to ban all hunting.
    Also, the inhumane treatment of dog and cats is a direct result of over breeding. Whether intentionally or by accident (the strays on the street) I will implore you to once again use your good common sense and humane ability to ban all breeding of dogs and cats and horses. The dogs and cats should have a Subsidized spay and neuter program for people who can’t afford to do the right thing. And if this spay and neuter program if too much of a financial burden, I am sure one of the many animal origanizations around the world would be more than happy to step in and help out, you just need to ask. And, greatly limit the breeding of all horses because they are considered Expendable and left to starve when no longer wanted, owners can replace easily or sell cheaply to an abusive person who will not feed the animal enough, then work the poor horse till it falls over dead.
    I realize I have given you a house full of problems but I feel you are the person who can and will tackle these problems with correctous.
    Again, I thank you for being a leader in the world of animal rights.
    Donna Page
    United States

  5. Thank you, and Hats Off for your leadership!

  6. Mike Finlay says:

    Well done Romania I am overjoyed by your decision to ban trophy hunting.I hope other governments will follow suite.

    Well done again

    Mike finlay

  7. KatWrangler says:

    Thank you, Romainia, for taking this step in animal rights.
    Now, please, spay and neuter your cats and dogs, and treat them with a little more compassion.

  8. Bravo Romania !!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & Shared❗️😃

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