Jimmy Kimmel Has Best Way to Respond to Lion Shooting

Emotional talk-show host says killing was 'vomitous'
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 29, 2015 10:49 AM CDT

Jimmy Kimmel is as outraged as anyone about the killing of Cecil the lion, who was lured away from a Zimbabwe national park, killed, skinned and beheaded, then left to rot in the sun. "Why are you shooting a lion in the first place?" he asked on last night's Jimmy Kimmel Live. "How is that fun? Is it that difficult for you to get an erection that you need to kill things that are stronger?" He added that he's not against hunting for food, animal population control, or as "part of your culture or something," but he added, "But if you're some a-hole dentist who wants a lion's head over the fireplace of his man cave so his douchebag buddies can gather around and drink scotch and tell him how awesome he is, that's just vomitous."

Kimmel doesn't think we should waste our time conducting a "witch hunt" against Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer, who he said has killed "half of Noah's Ark" over the course of his hunting career. Instead, a choked-up Kimmel implored viewers to donate to WildCRU, the conservation research organization that had been studying Cecil and tracking him with a GPS collar. (Ten people were arrested in China for killing and dismembering a giant panda.)

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