PETA Statement on the Death of Cecil the Lion’s Son

For Immediate Release:
July 20, 2017

Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

Washington – Below, please find a statement from PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien regarding the reported death of Xanda, the 6-year-old son of Cecil the lion:

Global condemnation of Cecil the lion’s death didn’t diminish trophy hunters’ thirst for blood. Majestic wild animals will continue being slaughtered to boost hunters’ egos and perverse sense of “fun” as long as wildlife slayers with something to prove can ship heads, tails, and skins back home. More than 40 airlines have banned shipment of these grisly trophies, and PETA is calling on UPS to join them.

PETA’s motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way.”

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