Joanna Lumley expresses shock about Cecil the lion killing: ‘This lion had a right to live’

The British actress is disgusted by the killing of Cecil.


by Maria Vallahis |

British actress Joanna Lumley has spoken out about the death of Cecil the lion on ITV's This Morning.

Speaking to the show's hosts Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford, Joanna expressed her disgust at the fact Cecil was killed by a bow and arrow in Zimbabwe on July 1.

“It’s so shocking, and [has] shocked, quite rightly, everybody in the world.

"What it also has brought a focus on, is how many wild animals we do continue to kill for fun… only these are ivory hunters, people who take rhino horns, elephant tusks, people who kill animals for their skins... it’s absolutely horrifying, and those of us that love animals - which most of the world pretends to or says they do - must understand that unless we do something to stop it, these animals are going to die forever,” she told the daytime show hosts.

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The 69-year-old added: “Now people have kindly said that they want their grandchildren to know there are wild elephants, but what about the elephants themselves? They have a right to live.

"This lion had a right to live. And the idea of anybody… I want to get into the head of somebody who has an animal put in front of it so that it can kill it, I can’t see what part of that has any part of a human brain… so that man is now condemned, sadly.

“We have to be strong. It’s no use saying ‘I’m so sad about it’... Join up. Let us join up and get the enraged world and let’s stop it happening.”

Joanna sitting with Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford on This Morning.

Joanna also to husband and wife, Eamonn and Ruth, about an upcoming Absolutely Fabulous one-off film.

Lightening the mood she said: “She [Jennifer Saunders] has written it, and it’d be wrong for me to say that I’ve completely read it because I think it’s been changing, but we are starting filming it on October 12th!

“We are all there, the same old gang. Lots of people you will have seen in it before, I think we are going down to the south of France to do some of the shooting there… It’ll all be shot on location. It is going to be ravishingly funny! Very gorgeous… and [in a Patsy voice] completely fabulous!”

Will you bring back the Patsy beehive hair thought Joanna?!

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