I'm a hunter, a fisherman, a pragmatist, and a man, so my views are bound to be somewhat different. There is always a dichotomy involved with the animal rights people. They defend the "pretty" animals and don't give a crap about the others. Many even want to see all pets "freed" from captivity...can you imagine releasing 50 million dogs into the wild? A lot of the aims and goals of these people wouldn't pass any test of rationality. They are based on some Disney cartoon fantasy, rather than the harsh realities of living in an animal-eat-animal world. As for Cecil, if I were him, and I'd lived thirteen years already (what's that, 91 in cat years?) I'd much rather be stuffed and displayed, maybe even appreciated, than spend a few more months as an outcast from the pride, struggling to survive until the jackals caught me and pulled me apart as I tried to defend myself. You do realize that this is how lions die, the ones who live beyond their usefulness to the pride? They don't transform into constellations, or lie down on their beds and go to sleep peacefully. It's a harsh world. In geologic time, and geologic terms, humans aren't going to ruin the world, just change it. There have been mass extinctions before, or extinctions where an animal was so successful that it depleted the food supply. Things will take care of themselves without us defending Earth. I have no problem with being concerned or trying to limit your contribution, but if you look at it from a broader perspective, there's not much you can do, either direction.
Thanks for your time,