Sir Roger Moore on Cecil: ‘Hunting Is a Coward’s Pastime’

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Cecil the lion, a father and the defender of a family of dozens of cubs, was recently killed by a Minnesota dentist named Walter Palmer, who, along with his hunting party, tied a dead animal to a vehicle in order to lure Cecil out of Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. He blinded Cecil with a spotlight and then shot him with a high-powered crossbow. Cecil hid in the bush, no doubt suffering greatly from a steel arrow in his body. When Cecil was found – 40 hours later – the hunter shot him and had him beheaded and skinned.

Sir Roger Moore added his voice to those of the many others mourning Cecil. In The Telegraph, he wrote:

In a world with boundless opportunities for amusement, it’s detestable that anyone would choose to get thrills from killing others who ask for nothing from life but the chance to remain alive. The animals whose lives he has so cold-heartedly snuffed out have precisely the same capacity to feel pain and suffer as we do. All leave family members or mates behind when they’re killed, and none is exempt from grief. Cecil’s death is particularly poignant, as he leaves behind two prides containing some 24 young or female members, whom wildlife experts believe may soon come to harm without his protection. So Palmer can add these innocents to his death count, too, even if he won’t have their heads to grace his wall.

“Sport” hunting is a sickness, a perversion and a danger and should be recognised as such. People who get their “amusement” from hunting and killing defenceless animals can only be suffering from a mental disorder. We know that we should protect the most vulnerable and helpless in society, not destroy them – much less derive pleasure from doing so. Thankfully, those of us with a conscience are appalled by the idea of gunning down animals for the sake of a thrill or a photo. Interest in hunting in Great Britain and elsewhere is steadily declining since decent people prefer to hike, take photographs, kayak and generally enjoy the outdoors without killing other beings.

For now, we can all fight this cruelty by joining PETA in calling on Zimbabwe to ban trophy hunting and on Europe and the US to ban the importation of trophies so that the global outrage which this case has generated can lead to real change – and so that this magnificent animal will not have died in vain.

You can read Sir Roger’s full article here.

And join him in asking the presidents of South Africa and Zimbabwe to stop allowing heartless hunters to murder Africa’s wildlife for “fun”:

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  • John Bryant commented on August 6, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    Well said Sir Roger. The same ‘perversion’ and ‘sickness’ can be seen in the UK too, with the gangs of people who hunt foxes, deer and hares with packs of dogs, and the swarms of gunmen who massacre millions of pheasants and grouse.

    • Margaret commented on August 7, 2015 at 12:47 pm

      Well said you.it is about time we started respecting the rights of all creatures to live their lives.they do not get a 2nd chance either.

    • Lynette Essery commented on August 7, 2015 at 4:23 pm

      Thank you Sir Roger Moore for your wonderful inspiring words towards ending mindless trophy hunting and killing of innocent, magnificent animals like Cecil the It is sincerely hoped Palmer will be extradited from the Lion in Zimbabwe.
      U.S. to stand trial in Zimbabwe and punished by a jail sentence for several years for the murdering of Cecil. This should create a precedent to prevent other perpetrators like Palmer from doing similar cowardly deeds. All hunting of wild animals has to end so these amazing sentient being can live out their lives in freedom and peace.

    • Jan Martinez commented on August 14, 2015 at 11:02 am

      Well said! Leonardo da Vinci ( 1452-1519 ) stated ” The time will come when the killing of an animal will be looked upon as the killing of a man .”
      Now there is a psunami of people giving voices for animals at long last. If every person worldwide who does not want to see animals exterminated, gave a small donation to animal charities fighting for the cause, it would help.We need to establish a UNIVERSAL LAW TO PROTECT ANIMALS ON THS PLANET before they are all systematically exterminated.

  • Pascal Ibiza commented on August 6, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    Thanks unforgettable 007. As a vegan hunting is unacceptable. As spanish I am ashamed every time someone relates bullfights to my country. You british are centuries ahead talking about animal rights. Keep going!!!

    • Carla commented on December 31, 2015 at 12:14 pm

      Unfortunately, that’s all we do, ‘talk’! We still have fox hunting, badger baiting, dog fighting to name a few. Until all acts of violence against animals are gone the UK cannot carry on calling itself an animal loving country!!

  • GABRIELA VARGAS commented on August 6, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    DEFINITIVAMENTE LA CACERÍA ES UN ACTO COBARDE, NO ES DEPORTE, NO ES ENTRETENIMIENTO. PARA MATAR LAS PERSONAS DEBEN ESTAR ENFERMAS, SON GENTE QUE DAÑA TERRIBLEMENTE LOS VALORES Y CÓDIGOS DE LAS SOCIEDADES. PROVOCAN AGRESIÓN Y CAOS; EN EL MUNDO SOMOS MUCHOS MILLONES DE PERSONAS QUE NO QUEREMOS VIVIR EL CRIMEN, EL CAOS NI LA AGRESIÓN DE ESTA GENTE.

  • Robert T. Badger commented on August 6, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    It could not be put any better than by Sir Roger Moore.

  • No Bull commented on August 6, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    Well said Sir Roger Moore.

  • Cally Smith commented on August 6, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    In total agreement. Thank you. Sir Roger is the kind of man we should be supporting NOT men or women who mindlessly get their kicks from slaughter.

  • MIKE MAUNDER commented on August 6, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    Roger Moore is my least liked James Bond, but on this item of shooting animals, I am a total buddy of his.
    In my youth I did some ‘rough shooting’ for rabbits etc., but I became so disgusted with the ‘sport’ that I quickly gave it up. – Those who still continue, ask me if I am also a vegetarian ? – I am not, but I don’t think farmers who raise cattle for meat, put the animals through any pain, like the mindless set who seem to get a thrill from giving pain by hopeless shooting. – There must have been something wrong in their upbringing !

  • Colum McGlynn commented on August 6, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    Fantastic article from a complete gentleman. Sir Roger has previously highlighted the atrocity that is foie gras and has now added to the disgust felt worldwide by Cecil’s slaughter. Brilliant work from a brilliant man.

  • Gabriel Corza commented on August 6, 2015 at 10:52 pm

    All Life is Beautiful, more so the lives of the Innocent. Those who live their lives with no political, monetary, or egotistic agendas. Would it be proper to treat our own children the same way? Our Mentally, or Physically Disabled Children? They can not vote after all, and can not decide for themselves, but are at our Mercy, dependent and reliant on us, Adults. All Life deserves respect and deserves to be allowed to Be, especially those who dwell in Innocence. And yes, What goes on in Slaughterhouses and Industrial Animal Farms is Man made pure Hell and should never be allowed. It is neither Ethical, Right, Just, Intelligent, nor Necessary and its basic principle is Greed.

  • nadim baksh commented on August 6, 2015 at 11:27 pm

    Stop the killing of innocent animals by these lowlife hunters

  • kathleen Powell commented on August 6, 2015 at 11:39 pm

    We need to keep the pressure on to help the world see how futile and self destructive the cruelty and uncaring behaviour of some people towards animals is destroying the heart of the human race.

  • Donna Duncan commented on August 7, 2015 at 12:36 am

    We are with you Sir Roger Moore, you are a true James Bond for the animals!

  • Jane Macdonald commented on August 7, 2015 at 1:05 am

    Thank you to Roger more for his profound words on cecil the beautiful Lion. The Barbaric monster the dentist MUST BE STOPPED AND NEVER BE ALLOWED INTO A COUNTRY WITH THESE BEAUTIFUL CREATURES IN IT . HE MUST NEVER BE ALLOWED TO DO THIS AGAIN. THE LAW MUST BE NOBODY CAN SHOOT OUR WILDLIFE OR THEY WILL ALL BECOME EXTINCT.

  • Maggie Schafer commented on August 7, 2015 at 1:53 am

    This was a horrible crime perpetrated by a horrible subhuman being! Palmer is NOT a good person and he MUST be held accountable. If this country allows this man to escape his due process in Zimbabwe, we are no better than the people that allowed this in the first place.

    Trophy hunting is a horrible waste of beautiful wildlife – it is engaged in by greed, pompous individuals without conscience and without morals. Countries that allow this are no better – they sell these animals for a pittance of blood money. Once they are dead, that is the end of them. Cecil was worth so much more alive – to the people of Zimbabwe, he was a tourist attraction that generated revenue. The people could sell food and crafts to tourists, guide them to see Cecil and his family. Palmer stole that from them. He knew what he was doing. He has hunted before and was convicted of poaching before in almost the same manner. He knew that he and his guide lured the lion out of the sanctuary, he shot him with a bow, one of the cruelest means of hunting, and then they tried to hide their deed by cutting off the GPS collar! Palmer needs to go to Zimbabwe for trial and give Cecil’s head and skin back to the people. He should not be allowed to profit for his crimes! There will be great anger and disappointment if this does not happen!

  • francesco maria mantero commented on August 7, 2015 at 7:57 am

    very beautiful words… hunting is for people without soul and imagination..

  • Patricia Flynn-Williams commented on August 7, 2015 at 8:07 am

    Hunting is extremely cowardly. It would be a sport only if the animals were trained to use a high-powered rifle and were armed with one. If a person wants to do that, why not go to the Middle East and fight Isis? Don’t want to do that? You’re a coward!

  • mr terence worthington commented on August 7, 2015 at 8:12 am

    lets hunt the hunters lets see if they like it and pin them up for tropheys the gutless wonders wont hunt then.

  • Sandy commented on August 7, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    Sir Roger is a nobleman indeed.

  • D. Etheridge commented on August 7, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    This American sickness has vexed me all of my life. And it makes me ashamed to be American, ashamed of the filthy rich and their vanity at the cost of life, ashamed of the bastards in DC. that are just the same. There is only one justice for this and that is life for life. I have no compassion for these heathens that extort money to do these sick amusements. From zoos to sea worlds to farmers and circuses I say, release these animals because they do not belong to us. This is all the fruit of greed. BOYCOTT DALLAS SARARI CLUB, BOYCOTT ALL BIG GAME SAFARI CLUBS AND ENCOURAGE THE SUPPOSED ANIMALS CHARITIES TO STOP TAKING THEIR DONATIONS. OXFORD UNIVERSITY THAT HAD CECIL COLLARD AND WAS USED FOR RESEARCH, HAS BEEN TAKING DONATIONS FROM THE DALLAS SAFARI CLUB IN THE TUNE OF TENS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS http://abcnews.go.com/US/cecil-lion-trophy-hunting-industry-africa-explained/story?id=32785057&google_editors_picks=true

    OXFORD UNIVERSITY HEAD PROFESSOR DAVID MACDONALD OWES THE WORLD AN EXPLAINATION. WRITE HIM AT [email protected] and ask him why the conflict of interest. The WWF is also in conflict of interest…https://exposingthebiggame.wordpress.com/2014/10/21/petition-wwf-end-your-partnership-with-the-usa-pro-hunting-lobby/

    LET’S PUT THE PRESSURE ON AND GET THESE SCUMBAG CLUBS AND KILLERS OUT OF THE CIRCLE OF LIFE.

  • IB Rocking commented on August 8, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    Right on Roger Moore! Pathetic little men/women trying to ‘impress’ other pathetic little men/women by showing what they have KILLED. Weird, macabre, twisted ‘thrill’. Should have ended decades ago, no place in the modern world/global community for it. They need to engage in a fair fight, hand to hand combat with a large mammal, then let’s see how ‘great the hunter’ is. One swipe and off goes your stupid head.

  • Godfrey Jones commented on August 9, 2015 at 10:55 pm

    Well said Sir Roger. It shows how low humans can sink in shooting beautiful yet defenceless animals.

  • Tad Davison commented on August 10, 2015 at 11:54 am

    Well said Sir Roger!

    I’d go further. People who kill animals this way, are just one step away from killing people. And the reason is patently obvious – they enjoy it.

    Such people are afflicted with a curious psychological disposition. They use weapons and killing as a way to compensate for their inferiority complex by dominating ‘lesser’ beings. It makes them feel contented and manly, yet the rest of us know that it is far more manly and even altruistic to preserve and nurture life than to take it away.

    We really do need to re-educate these people, and only by like-minded people, such as ourselves, banding together to make a statement, can we ever hope to bring about the necessary changes. The intervention of a much respected personality is greatly appreciated.

    Tad Davison

    Cambridge

  • Kim Smith commented on August 10, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    In the last few days I have been accused of ‘jumping on the band wagon’ on this subject. All I can say is this, ‘If this wagon is heading in the direction of change in Africa and we put a stop to this disgusting pastime, then yes, I am on board and will stay on board until these animals can live in peace’.

  • Julia commented on November 11, 2015 at 8:01 am

    A cowards past time… that is interesting. Seem to me that hunters have a much more grounded and connected mind to their food and what it means to take an animals life MUCH MORE than people who eat meat that comes from commercial slaughter houses. IMHO

  • John commented on July 2, 2016 at 10:54 am

    Well said sir Roger. Animals are should be saved not killed my human. Save animals, save nature.
    Thanks, sir.

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