Web Catch: Jimmy Kimmel's emotional call to action after the killing of Cecil the Lion


Amid global backlash against the Minnesota dentist responsible for killing Cecil, a famed African lion, Jimmy Kimmel took a different approach from his late-night stage Tuesday.

Sure, the comedian had a few choice words about Dr. Walter Palmer. "He closed his dental office in Bloomington, Minnesota, and he e-mailed a statement to the news, saying 'I had no idea the lion I took was a known local favorite until the end of the hunt'" Kimmel said of Palmer's released statement. "Stop saying that you 'took' the lion – you 'take' Asprin. You killed the lion, you didn't take it."

Despite his apparent anger, Kimmel used his monologue to propel Cecil's killing into a strengthened call for conservation support. He suggested that those seeking revenge on Dr. Palmer turn their attention to efforts like Oxford University’s conservation program, that had been tracking the lion.

Watch the video above.

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