Cecil the lion’s death reveals ethics of trophy sport

World Today

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’s Owen Fairclough has more details.

Cecil the lion\'s death shines light on ethics of trophy sport

Cecil the lion\'s death 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. CCTV's Owen Fairclough has more details.

More details

  • The American dentist who paid around 50,000 dollars to shoot Cecil with a crossbow.
  • There’s even more money at stake. Hunt lasting 20 days can cost up to 140,000 dollars when the trophy is an African lion.