How Cecil Changed Wildlife Policy

The United States called for more protections of Africa’s lions in 2014, but Cecil’s death sparked action.
Dec 14, 2015·
TakePart Staff

The death of Cecil the lion in July 2015 ignited public outrage at a level rarely seen over wildlife issues.

In the United States, millions turned that outrage into action, signing online petitions, pressuring airline carriers, and contacting representatives in Congress to demand that hunting trophies from endangered wildlife be banned from U.S. soil.

FULL COVERAGE: How 2015 Changed the Future

In this timeline video, TakePart shows the plight of lions in Africa before Cecil became a household name and outlines how the death of one famous lion—at the hands of one infamous American dentist—might alter wildlife policy at the national and international level.