Cecil the lion, the most famous creature in one of Zimbabwe’s national parks, was killed by an American hunter who has boasted about shooting a menagerie of animals with his bow and arrow, The Telegraph revealed. Walter James Palmer is believed to have paid around $55,000 to shoot and kill the much-loved lion with a bow and arrow. The animal was shot on July 1 in Hwange National Park. Two independent sources have confirmed the hunter’s identity to the paper, which has also seen a copy of the relevant hunting permit.
Although this is not related to sharks, the horrific story speaks to the senseless trophy hunting that plagues many of the planets most magnificent creatures. What is the psychology behind this? How is it not seen as completely sociopathic and criminal?
Since the identity of the hunter was revealed as Dr. Walt Palmer, a Minnesota dentist, public backlash has dealt him a stiff blow. Within hours of the Telegraph report, the dentists website went offline and Yelp saw over 750 One Star reviews for his dental practice.
DR. PALMER is a horrible human. Do not fund his hobby to kill these animals for a sport. He is a criminal poacher. $$55,000 paid to kill a beautiful lion. Do not support this blood thirsty evil man! -Yelp Reviewer
Senseless sport killing like this simply cannot be tolerated. It’s a horrible trait of some people and should seriously be criminalized. While his website was noted to say the the good doctor spends his free time away from the office “observing and photographing wildlife” he is off murdering them. Cecil was not his first victim, but hopefully will be his last.
?In the aftermath of the social media and press coverage of this story, several airlines have decided to ban the shipping of hunting trophies. So far, American, Delta, United Airlines and Air Canada have pledged to stop transporting trophy animals. The global shipping giant, UPS, however has stated that they base their policies on US and international laws, not public opinion, so are expected to still allow the transport of trophy hunts. ?