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Death of Cecil the Lion Prompts Calls for Trophy Hunting Ban

An undated handout photo provided by the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority shows Cecil, one of Zimbabwe's most famous lions, who was reportedly shot with a crossbow on July 6, 2015 by U.S. hunter Walter Palmer, of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

An undated handout photo provided by the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority shows Cecil, one of Zimbabwe's most famous lions, who was reportedly shot with a crossbow on July 6, 2015 by U.S. hunter Walter Palmer, of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Source: Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority via EPA
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Animal-rights activists are pushing for African countries to stop trophy hunting after a 13-year-old collared lion named Cecil was allegedly killed without a permit in Zimbabwe.

U.K.-based charities Four Paws and Lion Aid called for an immediate ban on lion exports from African countries that allow hunting. Catherine Bearder, a member of the European Parliament, said the U.S. and EU should follow Australia in placing a moratorium on importing lion parts.