Worldwide Rally For Cecil
Tomorrow people from around the world join the Worldwide Rally For Cecil. #RallyForCecil
Cecil was a Southwest African lion living in the Hwange National Park in Matabeleland North, Zimbabwe. The lion was a major attraction at the park and was being studied and tracked by the University of Oxford as part of a larger study.
Cecil was first wounded with an arrow by Walter Palmer, an American recreational big game hunter. He was then tracked, and on 1 July 2015, killed with a rifle about 40 hours later. Can you imagine the suffering he endured? Palmer claims that Cecil was killed with a bow and arrow in fewer than 40 hours after the lion was first wounded. Palmer clearly missed the point that killing an innocent animal was simply wrong in the first place.
Cecil was a majestic 13 years old when killed. Palmer had a permit to hunt and was not charged with any crime. I find that to be a crime in itself.
Five months after the killing of Cecil, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service added two species of lions to its endangered species list in India and western and central Africa. We should never in our lifetime see animals go into extinction at the hand of man.
Zimbabwe authorities gave Palmer permission to visit Zimbabwe as a tourist but not as a hunter. The killing of Cecil became an instant outrage around the world, amongst animal lovers, conservationists, and celebrities. That outrage turned into action with a planned Worldwide Rally For Cecil by Compassion Works International. Over the past seven months, the rally has grown to over 35 rallies, in 6 countries.
This week trophy hunting is a topic of high interest here in Las Vegas. Mandalay Bay Hotel welcomed 21,000 Safari Club International members to their property. Members are here to attend their convention in order to bid to kill lions, bears, foxes, wolves, and more. Their tagline is the ULTIMATE HUNTERS’ MARKET®. It makes me sick to my stomach to think this is happening in my city.
Tomorrow February 6, 2016, voices across the world will join together to raise awareness about the ego-driven and senseless murder of countless wild animals by “trophy hunters.” Carrie Le Blanc founder of Compassion Works International the organizer of the rally believes in the power of peaceful, educational animal advocacy.
CWI supports the CECIL act and other legislation that prohibits the ability of hunters to bring their “trophies” back into the United States. They stand with conservation groups across the world in developing strategies for sustaining and growing populations of wild animals that do not involve their senseless massacre.
To obtain more information about the Worldwide Rally For Cecil and find out about a rally in your area, please visit www.cwint.org/
For general questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org. CWI still needs your support! You can make a gift of any amount to www.cwint.org/rallydonate. CompassionWorks International is a new, small, all-volunteer animal advocacy organization that does not have the deep pockets of larger, established groups. They need your support to provide materials to the main rally in Las Vegas and to the other rallies around the U.S.! Thank you! For media inquiries please email CarrieL@cwint.org.
I’m supporting the rally through the CWI #TWEETSTORM. If you can’t make it to one of the 35 rallies, no worries! You can use This link (https://sites.google.com/
Join the Worldwide Rally For Cecil and speak out against evil trophy hunting!