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.

纽约帝国大厦展现狮王塞西尔投影

- 美国之音,2015年8月3日

周六,濒临灭绝的野生动物和狮王塞西尔的图像被投影在纽约标志性建筑帝国大厦上,这是记录片“竞速灭绝”的推广活动的一部分。

人们聚集在曼哈顿的街上和楼顶上,观看这些覆盖了33层楼的图像投影。

塞西尔是一只被一位美国牙医在津巴布韦的有争议狩猎中杀害的狮子,它是投影在帝国大厦上的动物之一。

组织者们称这个持续了数小时的活动只是第一步。他们希望这个活动可以激发人们对动物灭绝的讨论。

同时,白宫已经收到了22万美国人签名,要求把杀死塞西尔的人引渡到津巴布韦接受审判。

津巴布韦已经要求引渡被控非法杀死狮王塞西尔狩猎爱好者沃尔特.帕尔马,他是明尼苏达州的一名牙医。

塞西尔是动物保护研究的对象,它因为一些表现它在野外悠闲行走的录像而走红。它有可能被引诱出保护区并遭到杀害,成为猎杀者用以炫耀的战利品,这让许多美国人感到气愤。

据报道,帕尔马为在津巴布韦射杀一只狮子支付了5万多美金。但是自然资源保护论者指出,保护稀有动物并向游客展示它们可以带来更多的收入。

帕尔马承认杀死了这只13岁的狮子,但是他告诉美国鱼类和野生动物管理局,他雇佣了专业的向导,并不知道塞西尔是受到保护的动物