US Landmark Pushes Endangered Species
- VOA News,August 3, 2015
Photos of endangered wildlife and an image of Cecil the lion were projected on New York's iconic Empire State Building on Saturday as part of a promotion for the documentary film "Racing to Extinction."
People gathered in streets and rooftops in Manhattan to see the image highlights that covered 33 floors of the building.
Cecil, the lion killed during a controversial hunt in Zimbabwe by an American dentist, was among several animals highlighted on the building.
Organizers called the event, which lasted several hours, the first of its kind. They hoped it would spark conversations about extinction.
The White House has received more than 220,000 signatures by Americans demanding the man who killed Cecil be extradited to Zimbabwe for trial.
Zimbabwe has requested extradition of hunting enthusiast Dr. Walter Palmer, a dentist from Minnesota who has been accused of illegally killing the lion.
Cecil was a subject of research and had become popular through videos showing him walking leisurely in the wild. The possibility that he was lured out of a protected national park to be killed as a trophy has enraged many Americans.
Palmer reportedly paid more than $50,000 to shoot a lion in Zimbabwe. But conservationists point out that more revenue can be made by keeping rare animals alive and showing them to tourists.
Palmer has admitted killing the 13-year-old lion, but told the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that he had hired professional guides and was unaware that Cecil was protected.