Petition: To US and EU authorities:
As concerned citizens deeply disturbed by the tragic killing of Cecil the lion, we urge you to act swiftly to stop the decline in lion populations across Africa. We call on you to ensure they are classified as an endangered species and ban the import of any hunting trophies that threaten the survival of these majestic animals.
This magnificent lion and white owl come to a “meeting of the minds” in this fantasy-style, dream-like painting. Although his mane is not black, this soft-eyed lion with incredibly touchable fur and mane reminds us of gentle Cecil who fell at the hands of a trophy hunter in Africa in July 2015, precipitating an overwhelming response from the world to ban trophy hunting and declare lions endangered species and to prosecute the hunter responsible for Cecil’s death. This painting suggests to us a lion who is happily exploring a new world and its fellow inhabitants including one very wise owl — a world devoid of human beings whose passion it is to stalk and kill wildlife for no other reason than “sport”. The white owl is known to be predominant in many people’s dreams and its symbology is profound. Lions also play a role in dreams and this painting incorporates both the strength of the lion and wisdom of the owl, and so much more.