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Cecil the Lion Canned Hunting

In this undated photo provided by the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, Cecil the lion rests in Hwange National Park, in Hwange, Zimbabwe. Two Zimbabweans arrested for illegally hunting a lion appeared in court Wednesday, July 29, 2015. The head of Zimbabwe’s safari association said the killing was unethical and that it couldn’t even be classified as a hunt, since the lion killed by an American dentist was lured into the kill zone. (Andy Loveridge/Wildlife Conservation Research Unit via AP)
In this undated photo provided by the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, Cecil the lion rests in Hwange National Park, in Hwange, Zimbabwe. Two Zimbabweans arrested for illegally hunting a lion appeared in court Wednesday, July 29, 2015. The head of Zimbabwe’s safari association said the killing was unethical and that it couldn’t even be classified as a hunt, since the lion killed by an American dentist was lured into the kill zone. (Andy Loveridge/Wildlife Conservation Research Unit via AP)

By now you will probably heard about the killing of Cecil the lion from Hwange National Park Zimbabwe by an American dentist.  Cecil was a very well known lion and brought many thousands of tourism $ to Zimbabwe, one of the poorest nations on earth,  The dentist paid $50,000 to kill a male lion outside of the park on land privately owned.  The lion, Cecil, was worth far more alive than dead, far more.

Like all of you I am shocked and outraged that in this day and age with only 20,000 lions in the wold that they have to be hunted for what?  Please join the outcry in whatever way that you are comfortable with.  Mainstream media are on to it as is social media with Facebook going off on this subject.

As Chair of RAGES let me make it quite clear hunting for “sport” is NOT conservation and never will be.  I will never condone hunting as a means to the conservation of any species endangered or otherwise.

Here are some stores going viral right now on Cecil:

Cecil and Research

Dame Jane Goodall on Cecil

Below American talk show host Jimmy Kimmel on the killing of Cecil.