I don’t care whether he was a dentist from Minnesota or a terrorist from ISIS, it is senseless to be let onto a game preserve — “preserve,” protection — with a bow and arrow and think you are engaging in sport while you kill a lion. It’s just senseless. And I understand the sadness.
People have an attachment to animals that is inexplicable. What I don’t understand… Now, Jimmy Kimmel broke down almost in tears last night on his program, and the very same people will express sadness, tears, shock, dismay over the death of Cecil.
I love cats, too, and I think Cecil is a great name for a lion. In fact, if I ever get another cat I’m gonna name it Cecil in honor of this one. My own cat was disappointed when she found out Cecil was killed. All animals are worried about this. Understand that. But how in the world can you get teary-eyed and misty-eyed and sad over Cecil and, at the same time, participate in burying what’s happening at Planned Parenthood? Can somebody explain that to me? (interruption) What do you mean, “Well”?
What do you mean, “Well”? Is this too controversial a question? What do you mean, “Well”? Is this somewhere I shouldn’t venture? I do know how the animal people are. But I know that most animal people have the same attitude toward human beings. Look, I understand the difference. Human beings, adult human beings, are not the essence of innocence. But babies in the womb are. Babies in the womb are more innocent than any animal is. But to a lot of people, that would be an argumentative statement.
I understand that, but a baby in the womb? I mean, you can’t get a more pure definition of innocence. Now, I understand there’s a picture of Cecil the lion as he’s alive and sitting there with his harem and looking like a lion, looking like the king of the jungle. He’s sitting there and he’s just enjoying life, everything is fine and dandy, you see that picture and you hear the news that some reprobate with a bow and arrow was let in there for 50 grand, and to claim it was hunting?