After Cecil’s Death, PETA Protesters Demand Protection for Lions

Published by PETA.

Cecil—and countless other lions like him—should never have been shot with arrows or gunned down just to become a “trophy” for a wealthy egomaniac.

Washington, D.C., demonstration for Cecil the lion

Today, PETA protesters gathered outside the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service headquarters in Washington, D.C., to demand that the U.S. protect lions like Cecil by listing them as a threatened species and banning the importation of their heads, tails, and skins.

Washington, D.C., demonstration for Cecil the lion

Trophy hunters will continue to satisfy their bloodlust, unconcerned about devastating lion prides and disrupting the natural balance of their ecosystems unless federal authorities take action. The worldwide outrage that erupted after Cecil was tortured and killed shows that the majority of people are ready for trophy hunting to be the next thing shot down.

What You Can Do

Urge the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to list lions as “threatened” and ban the importation of lion heads, tails, and skins in order to stop “trophy” imports into the U.S.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind