The verdict is in, and the dentist who shot and killed Cecil the Lion has been found not guilty of breaking any Zimbabwean laws. Walter Palmer, the Minnesota dentist who shot and killed the lion while on a safari hunt on July 6th, 2015, apparently took preventative care in ensuring that his legal right to hunt was in order before he began his quest for a trophy lion.
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) October 12, 2015
The findings were the result of an investigation by Zimbabwean officials as to the legality of Palmer’s visit and subsequent hunt in the country. Initially, officials were calling for his extradition to stand trial in the slaying of Cecil the beloved lion. Now, no charges will be filed against Palmer. Zimbabwean Environment Minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri stated, “We approached the police and then the Prosecutor General, and it turned out that Palmer came to Zimbabwe because all the papers were in order.”
In place of charging Palmer, “Zimbabwean professional hunter Theo Bronkhorst is charged with breaching hunting rules during the hunt, in which Cecil was reportedly lured out of the Hwange National Park using bait. He and a game park owner, who has been charged with allowing the hunt, deny the charges.”
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Palmer skyrocketed to infamy when he killed the beloved lion a few months ago. Since his name became a household slur among animal rights activists, Palmer has faced death threats, which apparently caused him to shutter his business for a time and forced him to go into hiding. He has since re-opened his dental practice, but is not seeing patients at this time, and armed security guards are on the premises.
So now they saying Walter Palmer hunt was legal! Perfect example of how money rules. I say money needs to be placed on his head by a Cartel
— Vlad (@TravelwithVlad) October 12, 2015
It is unclear as to how long Palmer will remain underground.
Do you think it’s fair that Walter Palmer may have to live in fear for the rest of his life, even though he has been found not guilty of breaking any laws?