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Animal charities condemn killing of iconic lion Cecil

Cecil © A.J. Loveridge courtesy of the Born Free Foundation

Animal charities around the world have expressed their anger and sadness following the death of iconic Zimbabwe lion Cecil at the hands of a hunter.

Thirteen-year-old Cecil was killed earlier this month after being illegally lured out of the Hwange National park by a hunting outfitter and killed by an American trophy hunter.

It has also emerged that Cecil was wearing a tracking collar and was part of a long-running Oxford University Research Project.

Will Travers OBE, President of Born Free Foundation, comments: “This story is so shocking on so many levels. Cecil was of huge value to Zimbabwe’s economy and their Wildlife Service. Now he is gone.

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The Tucker Trial Video

With only 3,200 wild tigers left on earth, money raised from the event will aim to stop the senseless slaughter of tigers by significantly increasing the anti-poaching patrols on the ground, support undercover work to trap and prosecute illegal traders, and educate people to stop using tiger parts in medicine. It is hoped that the power of our combined voices will be used to pressure governments at home and overseas, and to increase the numbers of tigers in the wild.

Celebrities including Joanna Lumley, Ricky Gervais, Mel C, Sir Roger Moore, Gemma Atkinson, Abi Titmuss, Stephen Fry and Susan Sarandon have already put their name to the campaign at www.isupport.tigertime.info

Joanna says: 'If the tiger disappears from the wild because of our behaviour we humans shall have lost all claims to be called civilised and compassionate. The greatest enemy is indifference. Please join TigerTime right now to help to save the lives and habitat of these magnificent creatures. This is extremely urgent. The clock is ticking: real time is running out.'

For more information visit www.davidshepherd.org and www.tigertime.info

Cat health

Why does my cat have diarrhoea?

Why does my cat have diarrhoea?

Many cases of diarrhoea are mild and short-lived, only lasting for a few days, and will resolve on their own.

Does my cat drink too much?

Does my cat drink too much?

If you want to determine how much water your cat is drinking, allow her only one source of water, our expert explains.

Cats in the home

How to rid my house of the 'catty smell'?

Keeping the catty smell away

Worried that when people enter your house, they can smell you have a cat? Read our advice on getting rid of that 'catty' odour. 

Should I keep my cats and baby separate?

Cat and new baby

Worried about introducing your cat to your new baby? Vet Richard Allport gives his advice and top tips. 

Outdoor cats

How to introduce a cat flap

Is your cat reluctant to use a cat flap? Read behaviourist Francesca Riccomini's top training tips...

How can I make a cat hideaway?

A cat hideaway can provide a much-loved retreat for your cat. Graham Strong explains how to make your garden cat friendly.

Kitten care

How to socialise your kitten

How can we ensure our kittens become well balanced, sociable cats? Follow these invaluable tips.

Why should I neuter my kitten?

Unless you are planning to breed from your pedigree cat, neutering is highly recommended for all kittens.

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