Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting is as outraged as everyone else about Dr. Walter Palmer killing the beloved African lion named Cecil in Zimbabwe in July. The difference is that Cuoco-Sweeting has a social platform that allows her to make a Big Bang out of her disgust, and not just in theory.
Cuoco-Sweeting is a devoted animal lover — her online alter ego Norman Cook is the name of her dog. And her natural instinct to protect has been amplified by the Cecil killing. Cuoco-Sweeting has written an open letter to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service head Daniel Ashe encouraging the agency to add African lions to the list of animals protected under the Endangered Species Act. (You thought they were, didn’t you? Not yet.) Once the king of the jungle, lions are now reduced drastically in number — there are possibly just 23,000 left. American hunters alone reduce that number by nearly 500 a year, in what Cuoco-Sweeting calls an “inexcusable travesty.” In urging the addition of lions to the list, Cuoco-Sweeting writes, “we must do everything we can to save this iconic species from extinction.”