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There is nothing that personifies the abuses of privilege, indifference, selfishness, greed and the “ugly American” more than dentist, Walter Palmer – a man who spent $55,000 to lure a beloved lion, named Cecil, from a protected animal enclosure to unprotected land, to shoot it with an arrow, stalk it for 40 hours while it slowly died, shoot it with a rifle, and decapitate its head for a trophy, leaving his cubs to die.
Insisting he didn’t know that Cecil was a beloved, national treasure, Palmer states, “‘Again, I deeply regret that my pursuit of an activity I love and practice responsibly and legally resulted in the taking of this lion.”
Frankly, it’s time for society to recognize that if turning a beautiful, majestic, animal into a dead thing is an “activity” a person “love[s],” then that person is a psychopath and that “activity” should not be condoned or tolerated by civilized people.
Zimbabwe generates more money on nature tours with living animals than it does from these rich morons making things dead.
“A November 2004 study by the University of Port Elizabeth estimated that eco-tourism on private game reserves generated ”. Eco-tourism lodges in Eastern Cape Province produce almost 2000 rand (£180) per hectare. Researchers also noted that more jobs were created and staff received ‘extensive skills training’.” (Read the rest of this informative and thoroughly researched article here.)
Dr. Palmer is the worst, personification of the ugly American. The creatures he kills to satisfy his sick, selfishness, bring more beauty and dignity to the world than that useless bast*rd could muster in 1000 lifetimes.
Target: Robert Gabriel Mugabe, President of Zimbabwe
The petition’s author, Ruth McD, writes:”On July 1, Cecil the lion, one of the most famous animals in one of Zimbabwe’s national parks, was shot by a bow hunter. The hunter was a dentist from Minnesota who paid $55,000 for a hunting permit before shooting the 13-year-old big cat.
Please sign the petition to demand justice for Cecil! Tell Zimbabwe to stop issuing hunting permits to kill endangered animals!
The hunters reportedly lured Cecil out of Hwange National Park, where it is illegal to kill wildlife, at night. Cecil was shot with a bow and arrow. The wounded lion didn’t die until 40 hours later, when the hunters tracked him down and shot him with a rifle. They then skinned and beheaded him. The Zimbabwe Professional Hunters and Guides Association confirmed that Cecil was killed outside the park on private land, and an investigation is ongoing into the legality of the hunt.
The legend of Cecil started about three and a half years ago, when the then-10-year-old lion was kicked out of his pride, beaten by younger, more powerful males. Hunters argue that as loners, prideless male lions aren’t as important to sustaining lion populations.
But Cecil wasn’t finished. He soon teamed up with another lone male named Jericho, and the lions regained control of the region’s two prides, one of which consists of three lionesses and seven cubs under seven months old.
The loss of Cecil most likely spells the end of Jericho’s reign, and the possible loss of the pride’s cubs. Jericho, as a single male, will be unable to defend the two prides and cubs from new males that invade the territory. This is what we most often see happening in these cases. Infanticide is the most likely outcome.
Please sign the petition to demand justice for Cecil! Tell Zimbabwe to stop issuing hunting permits to kill endangered animals!”