Cecil the Lion’s Cub Shot by Hunters – Stop the Continuing Slaughter

Target: Francis Nhema, Minister of Environment, Zimbabwe

Goal: Create an exclusion zone to protect lions in national parks from hunters and punish hunters who kill these protected animals.

Just two years after the world mourned the loss of Cecil the Lion, a cub he had fathered has now met the same sad fate. The now grown cub, named Xanda, had resided in Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe, until recently when a safari operator turned in his radio collar indicating he had been shot. Researchers monitoring him claim Xanda had strayed outside the park boundaries prior to being killed.

As lions cannot be expected to remain within artificially-drawn boundaries established by humans, we must do more to help ensure that lions are protected once they leave the confines of national parks. With the wild lion population dwindling throughout Africa, losses such as Xanda’s are a devastating loss in terms of biodiversity.

Conservationists have argued that exclusion zones of at least 5km must be enforced around all national parks to protect wildlife from big game hunters. Additionally, there must be penalties for killing monitored animals such as Xanda, who had provided much scientific data during his six short years of life. Sign this petition to urge the Zimbabwean Minister of Environment to make these important changes.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Minister Nhema,

With the number of wild lions plummeting in recent decades, the death of any healthy male lion should be considered a tragic loss. In a sad example of the crises that lions are currently facing, one of the cubs sired by the famous Cecil of Hwange National Park has now been shot as well. In order to ensure that the lions who reside in this conservation zone are actually protected, more must be done to keep them out of the sights of hunters.

We urge you to listen to the proposals from several prominent conservationists and organizations who have called for the creation of exclusion zones around national parks and for the prosecution of individuals who kill protected lions. Without swift action, one day soon we may find ourselves in a world without these magnificent beasts roaming Africa.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Ken_from_MD

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93 Comments

  1. Animals give me more pleasure through the viewfinder of a camera than they ever did in the crosshairs of a gunsight. And after I’ve finished “shooting,” my unharmed victims are still around for others to enjoy. I have developed a deep respect for animals. I consider them fellow living creatures with certain rights that should not be violated any more than those of humans. ~Jimmy Stewart

  2. STOP THE CARNAGE AND DEPLETION OF LIONS AND OTHER WILD ANIMALS IN THE WILD. WHY DON’T THESE “HUNTERS” CHALLENGE THEMSELVES BY FREE FALLING, SKYDIVING, FREE CLIMBING, PARCOU, AND OTHER AVENUES TO TEST THEMSELVES BY. THIS IS NOT THE OLD DAY BEFORE HUMANS KNEW BETTER. LET’S GET WITH THE TIMES AND PROTECT THEM INSTEAD OF MURDERING THEM.

  3. This is the second with a electronic tag to be shot conveniently outside the park area. The organised hunters know this and are quite possibly waiting, probably finding a way to track the tag of the innocent wildlife too. Why don’t they get a real job. Trigger happy rich toffs with too much time on their hands, put them in front of a real enemy who can fight back.

  4. It will NEVER stop as long as those disgusting NRs’ are lining their fucking pockets!

  5. UNACCEPTABLE TO ALLOW THE GREAT WILDLIFE BE KILLED NOW. JUSTICE FOR CECILS SON XANDA NOW.

  6. Why is this beautiful lions death not getting the same worldwide disgust that Cecil deservedly received. I’d gladly kick the stool away from the feet of any sick cowardly hunter.

  7. After all the bad publicity that MURDEROUS DENTIST received … another MURDERING Trophy Hunter COWARD had the gall to do this ?!?!?!? – May he receive the same bad publicity and let it ruin his useless life !!!!!!!!

  8. Lisa Pichta says:

    Trophy hunting is disgustong, people that do this are sick and cruel, they should have better things to do with their money than destroy wildlife that is no threat to them. WTF is wrong with the human race, why can’t they leave animals alone.

  9. Lilian Caughlin says:

    This will never end unless they are met with armed resistance. Maybe somebody will infiltrate a hunting party… ‘oops sorry ‘. So much corruption going on plus so many other issues. It’s disgusting all the way around.

  10. Czerny A. says:

    Leave. The. Lions. Alone!

  11. This is murder, pure and simple! All hunting should be banned immediately. So brave with a gun in your hand.

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  14. kasturi bao says:

    We dont have the right to take life of any form! There must b a law to deal with thesr barbarians realy.y disturb them if there’s a will there is definitely a way! We should b looking out forthem not hurting them! And what are the respective govt doing about it??? These govts better do something about it!!I’m sure they dont eant to incur the wrath from our heavrnly clouds above do they?WAKE THE BLOODY HELL UP U GET IT,!!!PATHETIC HUMAN BEINGS.!!

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