Cecil the Lion’s story has been all over the news lately. Helen Woodward Animal Center, HWAC to their friends and fellow animal advocates, stands united with all those across the globe mourning the big cat’s senseless death. They believe that positive action is needed to promote humane treatment of all living creatures in order to honor Cecil’s legacy.
The Rancho Santa Fe animal advocacy organization stands united with animal-lovers and animal welfare organizations across the world that are mourning the loss of Cecil the Lion. Everywhere we turn, there are graphic images and the traumatic story being spread about the unfortunate lion.
Cecil was killed at the hands of a Minnesota dentist who was on a hunting pleasure trip in Africa. He shocked the world by shooting and killing the lion.
HWAC is honoring Cecil on the I REMEMBER YOU website. They are urging all animal lovers to take positive actions to promote the humane treatment of all living beings.
The Center was founded with a mission of “people helping animals and animals helping people.” Helen Woodward Animal Center President and CEO, Mike Arms, stipulated, “We wouldn’t be true to our mission if we didn’t make a statement about the senseless killing of this magnificent creature. Each day, wonderful people and organizations are making enormous steps forward in the world of animal welfare. But each time a story like this comes to light, I am reminded how far we still have to go.”
HWAC has personally witnessed the incredible impact that animals make within the Humane Education programs that serve thousands of children each year. Each animal ambassador that participates has made life-long impressions on the children they meet on a daily basis. “Our sulcate tortoises, Helmet and Scooter, are more than 20 years old and have touched lives that now cross generations,” per Center Education Manger Heather Disher. She added, “The kids start to see Helmet and Scooter as friends and that human/critter connection is something that stays with them for the rest of their lives.”
The staff of Helen Woodward Animal Center is sending a letter of condolence to WildCRU Wildlife Conservation Research Unit in recognition of the emotional impact that Cecil has made on the lives of his Oxford researchers. In addition, yesterday morning, a lifetime memorial candle was lit on their I REMEMBER YOU site, in memory of Cecil.
HWAC’s I REMEMBER YOU site was originally developed in 2013 as a place people could go to honor departed pets. The site also provides grief resources for those suffering from a loss. Since that time, the site has grown exponentially to become a place to remember special animals of all kinds. This includes heroic service dogs, animals that lost their lives in the Superstorm Sandy devastation, and now it is a place where caring individuals will forever be able to pay tribute to Cecil, too.
The Center wants to encourage animal lovers to make some positive efforts toward the humane treatment of animals in honor of Cecil. They suggest that people enroll their children in a humane education course, make a donation to a wildlife conservancy, sign a petition, donate to a local shelter, or simply spread Cecil’s message on your favorite social media sites.
For more information on HWAC, please phone the Center at (858) 756-4117, visit www.animalcenter.org or stop by at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe, California.