Cecil the lion slaying shines light on ethics of trophy sport

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Few animal deaths have caused such international outrage on social media. The shooting in Zimbabwe of a lion called Cecil for sport has put the spotlight on a very lucrative business. Its supporters say emotion is getting in the way of economic reality in some of the world’s poorest countries. But opponents think it’s time to kill off what they claim is an unethical pastime.
CCTV America’s Owen Fairclough filed this report.
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Cecil the lion slaying shines light on ethics of trophy sport

Cecil the lion slaying shines light on ethics of trophy sport

Few animal deaths have caused such international outrage on social media. The shooting in Zimbabwe of a lion called Cecil for sport has put the spotlight on a very lucrative business. Its supporters say emotion is getting in the way of economic reality in some of the world's poorest countries. But opponents think it's time to kill off what they claim is an unethical pastime.


Adam Roberts on big game hunting
Adam Roberts joined CCTV America from Vancouver to provide his insight on the business of big game hunting. He is the CEO of wildlife NGO Born Free.
Adam Roberts on big game hunting

Adam Roberts on big game hunting

Adam Roberts joined CCTV America from Vancouver to provide his insight on the business of big game hunting. He is the CEO of wildlife NGO Born Free.

  • Nigel Miller

    Trophy hunters love to brand their despicable hobby as ethical but the killing of Cecil exposes them as anything but. What’s ethical about luring a lion out of a protected area in the dark, blinding it with a spotlight, wounding it with a bow and arrow, chasing it for forty hours before shooting it, cutting it’s head off and skinning it. Jeffrey Dahmer kept body parts from his victims as trophies in his apartment and put photos of them on his walls. These people are cut from the same cloth.

  • Tanja

    What “ethics”?

  • Pam Coburn

    Adam Roberts knows his stuff, Thank you for speaking up with facts.

  • Val23

    What sport? If hunters desire a sport then hunters should hunt each other. Then both sides would have agree the game, both sides would have equal chances and both sides would have agree to the consequences of the game. That would be sport. No wild animal have ever agree to be put in a situation where he have no chance at all to survive. The reality is hunting is murder