Brent Stapelkamp, the UK researcher who has been tracking Cecil (and other lions) for years in Zimbabwe, does not want a ban on lion hunting. From the article:
"Hunting can be a valuable component to conservation. If a property has a hunting quota and that money comes back from hunting into the management of the land, it's not going to be at risk," he said.
"So we have to be careful. The world reaction might polarise things and hunting might be banned outright.
"I think we have to be very cautious about how this momentum can be used."
Many people have claimed that sport hunting can actually help conservation efforts, in large part because it gives landowners an economic incentive to try to protect and preserve populations of game animals, but it's interesting to hear similar thoughts being expressed by a researcher on the ground who was actually working with Cecil.