Big cat advocates weigh in on lion death, how to stop trophy hunts

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Big cat advocates weigh in on lion death, how to stop trophy hunts

The last few days have left many grappling with the question of what has to be so fundamentally wrong with some people that they feel the need to dispose of part of their ample income by killing majestic, exotic animals.

"I think it's clear from the public outrage that there is no justification for taking the life of a beautiful animal without cause," Carole Baskin, founder of Big Cat Rescue in Tampa told ABC Action News.

That's why Baskin and her colleagues are hoping for some policy changes.

If you haven't been to Big Cat Rescue, it's a wide swath of green amid the concrete in the suburban Citrus Park area. It houses all of the lions, tigers, bobcats, servals and ocelots (and any other big cats) that can live comfortably on its grounds, animals that were once chained up in basements or made to serve as guard animals for drug dealers. The public is allowed to tour a part of the facility, where some of the cats occupy large enclosures.