Researchers from Wildlife Conservation Research Unit at Oxford University, who had put a tracking collar on Cecil, discovered that the men tried to destroy the tracking device so no one would know they'd killed one of the world's most beloved lions.
After the public learned that Cecil had been killed and discovered that the dentist, Walter Palmer, was to blame, Palmer released a statement saying he had no idea the animal he "took" was a local favorite.
"First of all," Kimmel points out, "stop saying you 'took' the animal. You take Aspirin; you killed the lion."
He goes on to condemn the brutal practice of trophy hunting. "Why are you shooting a lion in the first place? I'm honestly curious to know why a human being would feel compelled to do this - how is that fun? Is it that difficult for you to get an erection that you have to kill things?"
Not categorically against hunting to eat or keep animal populations healthy, Kimmel points out that it's totally unnecessary to go trophy hunting. "If you're some A-hole dentist who just wants a lion's head over the fireplace in his man cave so his douchebag buddies can gather around and drink scotch and tell him how awesome he is, that's just vomitous."