Cecil the lion catches NJ assemblyman's attention
The global outrage continues to grow over the death of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe.
Cecil was a prized lion in Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park, where he was on protected land and was also being studied via GPS collar by Oxford University.
A dentist from Minnesota by the name of Walter James Palmer, who paid $55,000 for the hunt, has been identified as the man that took the famed lion down in a cruel manner.
Zimbabwe has called on the United States to extradite him.
After all the backlash and criticism he received, Dr. Palmer went underground and is nowhere to be found.
Cecil was lured by tying a dead animal to their car, and then shot him with an arrow.
Cecil, wounded, was then tracked for 40 hours until he was ultimately shot with a rifle and killed.
After that, he was skinned and beheaded.
Jericho, the next leader of the pack, will most likely now kill all 10 of Cecil's cubs.
Now, this is such a big issue that an assemblyman in New Jersey is doing everything he can to curb these senseless killings.
Assemblyman Tim Eustace is proposing a bill that would ban transporting game trophies of endangered and threatened animals through airports run by the Port Authority -- Newark, JFK, and LaGuardia.
“The bill hopefully will stop the transit of these trophy parts or the animals from other countries into the U.S. So the point is it’s unnecessary to spend $55,000 to kill an old, 13 years-old is an old, old lion, these sorts of practices are barbaric,” Eustace explained.
The lion population has decreased by 60% in 3 decades.