Empire State Building To Project Images Of Endangered Species Amid Outrage Over Death Of Cecil The Lion

CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The Empire State Building will be illuminated with images of endangered species Saturday night.

Large-scale images of endangered species will be projected onto the side of the iconic building as a way to raise awareness of potential mass extinction and inspire global conservation action.

The move comes amid national outcry over the death of a beloved and protected lion in Zimbabwe at the hands of a Minnesota dentist.

Two men in Zimbabwe are accused of helping Walter Palmer lure and kill Cecil the lion.

The head of Zimbabwe’s safari association said the killing was unethical and can’t even be classified as a hunt, since the lion had been illegally lured into the kill zone.

A conservation group said the men had tied a dead animal to their car to lure the lion out of a national park. Palmer is believed to have shot and wounded the lion with a crossbow. The wounded lion…

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