A Winnipeg artist has turned his garage door into a painted tribute to Cecil the lion.
Brian Gasenzer, who goes by the artist name Cash Akoza, created the colourful mural to honour the 13-year-old lion killed last month in Zimbabwe by an American dentist who paid $50,000 (US) for the hunt.
Gasenzer spent six hours making the mural, which can be seen on his Arlington Street garage, in the city’s Wolseley area. He said it acts as a reminder of the plight of animals and the issue of poaching.
“I found this beautiful photo of Cecil and I just thought, man this would be a great portrait,” Gasenzer said. “I just think he is such a great advocate for animals and mammals and sea life everywhere — he is kind of a figure for all of it.”
The killing has sparked global outrage about trophy hunting, particularly after reports the men allegedly tied an animal carcass to their car to lure Cecil out of a protected area of Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park during a nighttime hunt.
The American dentist, Walter Palmer, allegedly injured Cecil with a bow before tracking the animal for 40 hours and finishing him off with a gun. Cecil’s skinned and headless body was found along with a tracking collar he wore as part of a long-running Oxford University study.
The hunters allegedly tried to destroy the device but it continued to transmit, which helped authorities find the body.
Walter has since gone into hiding and temporarily closed his dental practice in…