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.
Zimbabwe will not charge U.S. dentist who killed Cecil the lion http://t.co/pP745J82Tj
— TIME.com (@TIME) October 12, 2015
— Breaking News (@BreakingNews) October 12, 2015
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.
— Sky News Newsdesk (@SkyNewsBreak) October 12, 2015
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.”
In a verdict that will outrage the world, it's been announced that Cecil the Lion's killer will not face any charges http://t.co/zaTS3zSqlL
— TheLADbible (@TheLadBible) October 12, 2015
Well well, turns out the lion hunt that caused ignorant uproar around the world was legal #CecilTheLion
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) October 12, 2015
lol people up in arms over Cecil the Lion costumes? Fam. It's a lion. Lions die everyday, b
— W.E.B.B.I.E DuBois (@fivefifths) October 12, 2015
— Peter Egan (@PeterEgan6) October 12, 2015
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.