|American hunter under fire for killing a famous lion. The hunter does dentist work and people have threaten to knock his teeth out. Interpol and Zimbabwe authorities want his skin in a lockup.|
The international outrage aimed at an American hunter who made a reckless call. Walter Palmer is under fire for bucking an endangered lion in Zimbabwe. The lion was known by the locals as Cecil.
Cecil was the alpha of a pride. He was a 13 year old mane who was lured from the national park by bait. He was then sent to a hunting grounds where Palmer put a crossbow in the arm of the lion.
The lion would escape for the time being. It would take over 40 hours until the final blow was done.
Palmer put the slug in the lion. Then of course, he beheads the lion and skin it.
Palmer claims he didn't know the lion was a tag. He said that he's so sorry for doing the hunt. He said he been had.
He paid $50K for the show and he wanted a lion on the go.
The two assistants from the hunt were indicted in Zimbabwe court.
|Cecil the lion was killed by an American hunter for game.|
Palmer who has a felony charge in the states for bucking a black bear and lying to a U.S. Wildlife officer about the kill, was allegedly on a watch list. Palmer denies that he was on a watch list.
Palmer's day job is a dentist. He lives in Bloomington, Minnesota and his dentist office was swamped with protesters and death threats. Palmer went into hiding. He shut the doors of his business and got out of town.
Cecil's death created an outrage among animal conservationists, prompted responses from politicians and many other people. Palmer received a flood of hate messages.
The death of Cecil sparked a discussion among conservation organizations about a proposal for a bill banning imports of lion trophies to the U.S., as well as discussions about ethics and the business of big-game hunting.
Global media and social media reaction has resulted in more than 680,000 people signing online petition "Justice for Cecil", which calls on Zimbabwe's government to stop issuing hunting permits for endangered animals.
According to the IUCN Red List, lions are listed as "vulnerable."
A number of high profile celebrities publicly condemned Cecil's killing, including: American actress Mia Farrow, comedian Jimmy Kimmel, conservationist Jane Goodall, actor Ricky Gervais, singer Geri Halliwell, media personality Sharon Osborne, model Cara Delevingne, actress Alyssa Milano, actress Olivia Wilde, actor Judd Apatow, designer Lisa Vanderpump, model Candice Swanepoel, singer Ariana Grande, England cricketer Kevin Pietersen and actor Ian Somerhalder, among others.
|Palmer with a black rhino that he killed.|
Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN), co-chair of the United States Congressional International Conservation Caucus, called for an investigation of Palmer and the killing.
Clown car contender and concern troll Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) invoked Cecil's death in a comparison to Planned Parenthood's undercover videos scandal, tweeting, "Look at all this outrage over a dead lion, but where is all the outrage over the planned parenthood dead babies."
When one or more new male lions oust or replace a previous male(s) associated with a pride, they often kill any existing young cubs, i.e. infanticide.
Cecil's six cubs will be killed by the new dominant male in the pride, according to Johnny Rodrigues, the head of Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force.
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