Target: Johnathon Weeks, CEO of Costumeish.com
Goal: Stop selling “Cecil the Lion Killer” Halloween costume and end the glorification of Walter Palmer’s inhumane action.
Cecil the Lion died after 40 hours of suffering caused by Minnesota dentist and game trophy hunter Walter Palmer. Cecil was then skinned and beheaded, so Palmer could take the lion’s head home and hang it on his wall. Palmer, who has a history of illegally hunting and killing prey, has been in hiding since the incident; his only apology being that of saying he wouldn’t have killed Cecil if he’d known he was so beloved and popular. Now, Costumeish.com is selling a “Cecil the Lion Killer” Halloween costume on its website, complete with a fake lion head. Apparently, the company finds the incident amusing.
According to Costumeish.com CEO Johnathon Weeks, the company received numerous requests for a Cecil the Lion Killer costume, and the lion’s head adds a “gruesome, complete look.” While many might think this is funny, the fact remains Cecil was under protective regulation when he was slaughtered, and Palmer and his hunting guides even tried to remove Cecil’s GPS tracking collar illegally, apparently to cover their tracks.
Admittedly, Costumeish.com is donating 15 percent of the costume’s sales proceeds to the African Wildlife Foundation’s Justice for Cecil cause. This isn’t enough. If the company feels it appropriate to sell such a vulgar and offensive costume, it should donate 100 percent of the proceeds to Justice for Cecil. After all, it’s profiting on the tragic and inhumane death of a beloved member of a threatened species.
Sign the petition below to demand Costumeish.com refuse to sell its Cecil the Lion Killer’s Halloween costume or donate 100 percent of the costume’s sales proceeds to the African Wildlife Foundation’s Justice for Cecil cause. We must remain resolute in fighting for justice for Cecil and wildlife everywhere.
Dear Mr. Weeks,
I believe I have seen it all: A Halloween costume capitalizing on the tragic and inhumane death of a beloved threatened lion. Is money so important to you that you have no moral compass when it comes to designing and selling Halloween costumes? That certainly appears to be the case.
Your Cecil the Lion Killer’s Halloween costume is beyond offensive. Your poor taste in designing such a costume due to popular demand is disgusting. What do you hope to gain by encouraging people to dress up as Walter Palmer and carry Cecil’s fake head around on October 31? Are you that greedy?
Yes, you certainly are, because first, you designed such a repulsive costume because people wanted you to, and, second, because you think that donating a measly 15 percent of the proceeds to the African Wildlife Foundation’s Justice for Cecil cause makes your actions okay. It doesn’t.
This beloved animal was lured out of his protective sanctuary, shot with a bow and arrow, and suffered for 40 hours. Then he was skinned and beheaded, so Palmer could hang his trophy on his wall when got home. What company glorifies such a horrific action?
Do not sell your Cecil the Lion Killer’s Halloween costume. This costume is offensive and in horrible taste. This animal suffered needlessly and possibly illegally at the murderous hands of a trophy hunter, and you have no business memorializing Palmer’s actions with your merchandise.
If you refuse to remove the costume from your website, at the very least donate all of the costume’s proceeds to the African Wildlife Foundation’s Justice for Cecil cause. At least this way, African wildlife—not you—are profiting from Cecil’s brutal killing.
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Photo Credit: Mathias Appel