Cecil was an iconic symbol of Africa's wildlife, and it's little surprise that his death was condemned by the international community. But if we care about lions, we have to care about the lions in canned hunts as well: inbred, abused and shot point-blank.
At least Cecil spent his life wandering a Zimbabwe national park, finding mates and starting a family like nature intended. These lions get so much less.
To find out more, watch "Blood Lions" on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 10 p.m. ET on MSNBC.
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