Was It Legal To Kill Cecil the Lion?

12 Mar 2017

 

The poachers who killed Cecil had a killing permit, but his murder was illegal because he was lured out of the boundaries of the conservation area that was his habitat. The hunters used raw meat to bribe Cecil out of the boundary and then killed him with a bow and arrow.
 
Before his murder, Cecil was teaching us a lot about what it meant to be a lion, but because of the way lion society is organized, the death of a lion means it’s cubs will die.
 
The National Park say that his cubs will likely be killed by Jerico, his so-called brother. But researchers say that is probably not going to happen. Rather, what is likely to happen is that a ban of younger male lions will be put into action.
 
Throughout the Lion Kingdom, many Lions are facing trouble because there are not as many black rhinos, which they prey upon. In total, there are only an estimated 30,000 lions left on the planet. Lions are killed for their meat and pelt, which poses another problem because, by hunting elephants, bison, gazelle and other animals, Lions help control these animal populations. Without lions, these population will grow out of control they will get themselves in trouble by quickly eating all their food.   

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