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Jimmy Kimmel Gets Emotional Discussing Cecil the Lion
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Check out the special episode on The 'Kargil Vijay Diwas' that is celebrated on 26 July every year to mark the exit of Pakistan Army regulars and terrorists from Indian territory and Indian Army bunkers captured by them in 1999. The war was fought under the NDA government led by the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Tributes were paid to Kargil martyrs on the occasion of 'Vijay Diwas', a day commemorated as India's victory over Pakistan in the 1999 war. July 26th 2014 is the 15th anniversary of India's victory in the conflict. 527 soldiers had laid down their lives during the Kargil war. Military veterans and a large number of citizens participated in the event and offered floral tributes to the martyrs. The day on which the nation commemorates its hard-earned victory in the Kargil War is also an occasion that invokes feelings of both pain and pride for the families of the brave jawans who laid down their lives protecting the territory of India from intruders. As the country celebrates the 15th anniversary of its triumph in Kargil War, both the jawans and the families of those killed in the conflict have come a long way. The families of the soldiers who made the supreme sacrifice for the country make it a point to visit the war memorial in Drass, in Ladakh, J&K, each year on the occasion of Vijay Diwas. They remember their loved ones with pride, but the feelings of sadness have not waned. Fifteen years and many peace overtures later, the situation on the LoC and the border has not changed much. The troops on the other side occasionally open fire at Indian posts, thereby violating the ceasefire agreed between India and Pakistan in 2003. The army says it has not let its guard down and the jawans add that they are motivated and ready for any challenge. The Vijay Diwas makes the jawans remember the supreme sacrifices of their fellow soldiers and infuses them with a new vigour.
Cecil the Lion was a beloved 13-year-old black mane lion living in a Zimbabwe national park who was illegally hunted down by an American dentist from Minnesota, Walter Palmer. Palmer apologized in a statement saying he had no idea the lion was a local favorite and that "I deeply regret that my pursuit of an activity I love and practice responsibly and legally resulted in the taking of this lion." The reaction to this news has been angry, but perhaps no person is more upset than Jimmy Kimmel, who directed his fury at Palmer on his show Tuesday, saying, "The big question is why are you shooting a lion in the first place. I mean, I'm honestly curious to know why a human being would feel compelled to do that? How is that fun?" Cecil, who had been described as "the pride of Zimbabwe" and was being researched by Oxford University, was killed in gruesome manner. Palmer, with the assistance of two hired men, lured the lion out of a national park and shot him with a bow and arrow but only managed to actually kill him 40 hours later with a gun. Kimmel said, "I'm not against hunting, if you're hunting to eat or to keep the animal population healthy or it's a part of your culture or something, that's one thing. But if you're some a-hole dentist who wants a lion head in his mancave so his douchebag buddies can gather around it and drink scotch and tell him how awesome he is, that's just vomitous." Kimmel did take time to stress that he believes Palmer, and the two men from Zimbabwe he hired, should not be harmed themselves, but rather face their punishment in a legal setting. He then looked for some silver lining in all of this, "I think it's important to have some good come out of this disgusting tragedy, so this is the website for the wildlife research conservation unit at Oxford. WildCRU.org. These are the researchers that put the collar on Cecil in the first place." Kimmel, clearly saddened by the lion's killing, got emotional at the end of the segment, "If you want to do something, if you want to make this into a positive, you can," he said before starting to tear up. He continued, "Sorry. Ok, I'm good. Make a donation, support them at the very least. Maybe we can show the world that not all Americans are like this jackhole here."
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