Backlash Over Death of Cecil the Lion Shows No Signs of Letting Up

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Backlash Over Death of Cecil the Lion Shows No Signs of Letting Up

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Backlash Over Death of Cecil the Lion Shows No Signs of Letting Up

by The Insider 3:32 mins

The death of Cecil the lion continues to dominate headlines around the world, with outrage showing no signs of letting up. As the incident has reignited the debate over big-game trophy hunting, “The Insider With Yahoo” co-host Debbie Matenopoulos sat down with Joely Fisher, an actress and fierce animal-rights activist who provides an inside look at this trend that has some surprising celebrity support. Joely has been fighting for the welfare of animals for years, and while big-game hunting is wiping out generations of Africa’s wild creatures, she acknowledges the culture of hunters like Chris Pratt who do not target big game. The 47-year-old actress says of people who are hunting for food, “There’s something that you can sort of wrap your brain around in terms of that. But to take down an animal just for joy or for cockiness or for control or whatever the hell it is that you’re doing, is ludicrous.” But Rachel Reenstra, host of ABC’s “The Wildlife Docs,” believes some celebrities like Prince Harry have a hunting history that can seem a bit contradictory, telling “The Insider With Yahoo,” “Prince Harry was photographed with a wild boar head from a 2004 trophy hunt, but what he’s doing now is a lot of work for wildlife conservation.” She went on to explain, “He’s even made a commitment to get rid of the ivory at Buckingham Palace.” Rachel reveals that there could be less than 30,000 lions left in Africa — such a small number the U.S. government is considering putting them back on the list of endangered animals. This would make it illegal to bring them back to the States as trophies. Meanwhile, Fisher believes the gruesome viral images are finally biting back. Check out this video for more on the backlash over hunting in Zimbabwe, and tune in to “The Insider With Yahoo” on TV tonight for the latest in entertainment news.