#Hashtag: Killer of Cecil the Lion will not face charges


Walter Palmer, the American dentist who in July shot and killed protected Cecil the Lion on a big-game hunt, will not face prosecution charges.

Palmer caught a huge amount of backlash from people upset about trophy hunting. However, technically he did not break any law, as officials say his papers were in order.

CNN’s article, “Cecil the Lion: Zimbabwe won’t prosecute dentist,” details other reasons for the summer uproar. “the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force reported that Cecil was lured out of Hwange National Park and shot with a compound bow.”

CNN’s article also relates that “The hunters also tried to destroy the GPS collar that Cecil was wearing as part of a research project backed by Oxford University, according to the conservation group.”

Cecil’s death, while sad for many, does serve to encourage more important discussion on the morality of trophy hunting and animal rights.

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