The news that the protected lion, Cecil had been killed by a trophy hunter in Zimbabwe earlier this week shocked the world, leading to outcry across social media sites. And it wasn’t just animal rights campaigners raging against American trophy hunter Walter Palmer, who reportedly paid £35,000 to kill the wild animal – a whole host of celebrities took to Twitter to express their anger too.
And now much-loved toy company Ty have created their own tribute to the lion by creating a special Cecil The Lion Beanie Baby. And with 100% of the $5.99 price going to WildCRU, Oxford University’s Wildlife Conservative Research Unit, this is one we are so going to add to our collection when it goes on sale next month.
A number of A-listers have declared their sadness and rage against the killing of 13-year-old old Cecil, with Ricky Gervais leading the way with a couple of heartfelt tweets on Tuesday – his thoughts got a massive 31,000 retweets from fans that obviously shared in his sadness.
As always, Sharon Osbourne didn’t hold back with how she felt, and sent a few angry tweets aimed at the American hunter, calling him a coward.
Cara Delevingne kept it plain and simple with a statement that most people seemed to agree with as her Tweet, had almost 12,000 favourites and nearly 9,000 retweets from her fans.
Showing her disgust for the hunter via Instagram, model Candice Swanepoel shared a couple of pictures and a long caption about how important the wild cats are in her home country, South Africa.
Geri Halliwell meanwhile paid tribute with a gorgeous throwback snap of her and a cuddly lion cub during her Spice Girl days.
Singer Juliette Lewis showed her support for animal rights with a beautiful big cat snap.
Professor Green was another celeb moved by the news, as he sent an angry tweet Tuesday evening, explaining that it made him hate humans.
It’s clear that this issue has shocked the whole world, and with so many celebrities behind a campaign for change, we hope that Cecil might be one of the last wild animals hunted for fun.