Actor R. Lee Ermey, best remembered for his roles in Toy Story and Full Metal Jacket, has been labeled "cowardly and cruel" after proudly sharing a photos of himself posed with a lion and lioness he shot on a hunting expedition in Africa.
Dr. Pieter Kat, a conservationist with LionAid, says he's disgusted by Ermey's apparent celebration of killing lions, a species which has declined from 200,000 to just 20,000 in the last 50 years.
"It's not hunting. You're not tracking these animals through the savannah or anything like that, there's no skill involved. It's about as difficult as shooting a cow in a field – it's just an ego trip," Kat tells the Independent.
"It's not hunting, it's just killing. You can even choose what lion you want to kill beforehand from pictures, like a menu."