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story.lead_photo.caption Hagerty Family Dental in Russellville responds to the slaying of Zimbabwe lion Cecil with a sign meant to be humorous in nature, according to the owners. - Photo by HAGERTY FAMILY DENTAL

"By the way, I don't hunt lions," a sign at a Russellville dental clinic reads, responding to a recent lion killing that has provoked the ire of many people worldwide.

The sign, which refers to the actions of a Minnesota dentist who killed an iconic lion, Cecil, at its habitat in Zimbabwe, is posted in front of Hagerty Family Dental on East Parkway Drive in Russellville.

Tisa Hagerty, a hygienist at Hagerty Family Dental, said she and her husband, Curtis Hagerty, decided to put up the sign not as a political statement but rather as a way to make people smile.

"It's been positive," Tisa Hagerty said of the reaction to the sign. "People aren't taking it too serious."

She added that the sign is not meant to be "real deep."

"We don't have anything against hunters or people who don't hunt," Tisa Hagerty said.

The dental clinic's sign drew international attention, leading the Hagertys to post a picture of the sign on the clinic's Facebook page Wednesday, about a week after the sign originally appeared.

People from across the U.S. and abroad in Greece, Italy and the U.K. have commented on the post, offering praise for the display.


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  • Brassband
    August 6, 2015 at 1:55 p.m.

    Clever perhaps but not overly humorous. Poaching and trophy hunting are vile and base pursuits. Thankfully many airlines will no longer transport the "trophies". The head and fur of lions and other animals look far better on the animals than on any floor or wall. And the killers are nothing but cowards. If you who find this pursuit honorable want to do something impressive, then fight the lion mano é leo and see how well that works out for you.

  • HawgFan
    August 6, 2015 at 2:31 p.m.

    I've eaten lion.... tastes like chicken.

  • GCW
    August 6, 2015 at 2:59 p.m.

    You're all bunch of rabid anti-dentites.