So disgusting and sad...I hope somehow justice is served...
Maybe Dog The Bounty Hunter can drag his ass back to Africa so he can face what he did!
From The Daily What:
One of the "most famous lions in Africa", and an ongoing research subject of Oxford University, was hunted and killed illegally by a Minnesotan Dentist in early July and everyone is pissed.
Cecil the lion was the leader of his pride in a Zimbabwean and had been widely publicized to draw attention to the university's studies.
According to The Guardian:
On Tuesday, the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force said the man thought to have paid $50,000 (£32,000) for the chance to kill Cecil was not a Spaniard as originally believed, but US citizen Walter Palmer, from a small town near Minneapolis. The man left the lion skinned and headless on the outskirts of the park, the ZCTF's Johnny Rodrigues said in a statement.
The hunt took place around 6 July. "They went hunting at night with a spotlight and they spotted Cecil," Rodrigues said. "They tied a dead animal to their vehicle to lure Cecil out of the park and they scented an area about half a kilometre from the park."
The 13-year-old lion was wearing a GPS collar as part of an Oxford University research project that had been running since 1999, making it possible to trace his last movements. Rodrigues said the hunters tried to destroy the collar, but failed.
Here's some Oxford University footage of Cecil in his habitat:
Palmer pictured below on the left with another lion he killed, not Cecil, has received wide spread condemnation from just about everyone.
Multiple Facebook groups have been set up to shame the hunter.
And his dentist office's Yelp account is being creatively pummeled.
The reaction spread so big it spilled over into real life, causing Palmer to shut up his office July 28.
Palmer's defense is that he simply did not know. That has done nothing to stop the creation of an online petition calling for justice, which has already been signed by almost 70,000 people.
The Guardian goes on to say that, with the removal of Cecil as the pride's leader, another male lion will move in to dominate the pride and likely kill Cecil's cubs.
From The Daily Mail:
Threats, some calling for death, have poured in after an American dentist killed a famous and protected lion in Zimbabwe named Cecil.
Tributes to the lion in one of the country's national parks have poured in at a location thousands of miles away, Dr Walter Palmer's office in Bloomington, Minnesota. Protesters dressed as 'dentist hunters' also threw stuffed lions at his house.
Palmer has said that he had trusted his local guides to meet legal guidelines on his trip to Africa, during which he shot Cecil the Lion with a crossbow before skinning and beheading him around July 6.
The hunter's office and practice website have become a target for animal rights activists disgusted at the dentist's actions, which saw Zimbabwe authorities look for him in connection with poaching on Tuesday.
'If, as reported, this dentist & guides lured #CeciltheLion out of the park with food so as to shoot him on private property because shooting #CeciltheLion in the park would have been illegal, he needs to be extradited, charged, &, preferably, hanged.'
PETA continued, 'Hunting is a coward's pastime. To get a thrill at the cost of life this man gunned down loved 'w/ a high-powered weapon'.
'All wild animals are beloved by their own, but to hunters like this overblown, over-privileged little man, they're merely targets.'
'The photograph of this dentist, smiling over the corpse of another animal, will disgust every caring soul in the world'.
The hunter allegedly paid $55,000 (£35,000) for a big game permit on the trip, and said that he did not know that the 13-year-old lion was protected.
However, since his role in Cecil's death has been uncovered, animal lovers have laid siege to Dr Palmer's website, posting incredibly negative and abusive reviews.
Some reviews on Yelp, which have been regularly deleted, have suggested violence towards Palmer and his business.
While outrage at Palmer's actions seethed through the Internet on Tuesday, those in the Twin Cities also disapproved.
Stuffed animals including lions were placed outside of his office, along with a a sign that said 'You are a coward and a killer!'
'I think they should reconsider their dentist.' one woman told My Fox Minneapolis of people who go to Palmer to take care of their teeth. 'There are plenty of other dentists in the community who are animal advocates and good people.'
Ire against Palmer first erupted when he was identified as the shooter by The Telegraph on Tuesday.
Emmanuel Fundira, the president of the Safari Operators Association of Zimbabwe, confirmed at a news conference on Tuesday that Palmer is wanted for the death of Cecil.
Police spokeswoman Charity Charamba said 'we are looking for Palmer' who allegedly paid $55,000 (£35,000) for a big game permit and traveled from Minneapolis to Africa to kill a lion.
To read more about this prick from the daily mail click here