Former California governor and Terminator star Arnold Schwarzenegger is speaking out about the killing of Cecil the lion, a beloved cat from Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park. Cecil was lured from the park on July 1st and killed, beheaded and skinned by Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer. The news has set off an online firestorm and now Palmer is under siege: the Zimbabwean government has asked the U.S. government to extradite him to face charges in Africa.
Arnold is on the side of the animals and has spoken out against hunting on his Facebook page.
Stop killing big cats. Killing a lion isn’t ballsy. Going into the octagon or joining the military – that’s ballsy. Try that before you kill a lion. Protecting big cats is also ballsy.
The governor is encouraging fans to donate $5 to the National Geographic Society’s High Five Give Five campaign to protect big cats around the world.