There’s a Cecil the lion memorial toy

4 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Cecil The Lion To Become Beanie Baby, For Conservation.

(CBS) – Cecil the Lion – the king of the jungle allegedly killed by an American big game hunter last month – is being memorialized as a plush toy. According to Ty, 100% of the profit from sales of the Cecil plush toy will go to the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit of the University of Oxford, the group of researchers who was studying the lion when he was killed and continues to work toward wildlife conservation all over Africa. “Hopefully, this special Beanie Baby will raise awareness for animal conservation and give comfort to all saddened by the loss of Cecil,” said Ty Warner, founder of Ty Inc.

Walter Palmer, the Minnesota hunter, has since advised upset patients to seek care elsewhere amid severe backlash surrounding the controversial kill. The head was intercepted by African police before it could be shipped to Minnesota. “Effective immediately, Delta will officially ban shipment of all lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros and buffalo trophies worldwide as freight. Walter Palmer, 55, is thought to have shot the lion with a bow on July 1 outside Hwange National Park, after it was lured onto private land with a carcass of an animal laid out on a car, Zimbabwean conservationists have said. Delta will also review acceptance policies of other hunting trophies with appropriate government agencies and other organizations supporting legal shipments. After the death of the lion, which had gained notoriety as a local favorite, Palmer shuttered his dentistry amid outrage from animal lovers and others.

In 2013, Warner pleaded guilty to one count of tax evasion for failing to report more than $24 million in income and skirting nearly $5.6 million in federal taxes from millions hidden for more than a decade at two Swiss banks. Also, the company over the years has created special Beanie Babies for several zoos and aquariums nationwide, including the Brookfield Zoo, a spokeswoman said.

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