Dentist Walter Palmer needs to seriously rethink his hobby of killing beautiful, rare animals after illegally shooting Cecil the Lion, who lived on a protected national park in Zimbabwe.
Olivia Wilde, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Cara Delevingne, Alyssa Milano and Debra Messing are just a few of the tens of thousands of Americans who are furious that a Minnesota dentist killed an innocent 13-year-old lion, named Cecil, just for pleasure.
He paid over $50,000 to go on a big game hunt and illegally lured Cecil out of the protected Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe, by dragging a dead animal in front of his car. Then, he shot Cecil with a crossbow. Dr. Palmer didn’t kill Cecil with that arrow. Cecil suffered for an agonizing 40 hours until Palmer and his two Zimbabwean companions tracked him down, shot him with a gun, beheaded him and skinned him.
This is an activity that Dr. Palmer is proud of. He has been thrilled to pay to go and hunt rare animals for years — proudly posing with dead lions, deer, rhinoceros, rams, bears and leopards. Dr. Palmer has posted photographs of himself happily posing – sometimes shirtless – with the magnificent animals that he has slaughtered. He isn’t hunting for food or subsistence.
When he killed Cecil, he destroyed a lion who was well known, and widely studied by a conservation group, WildCRU, and he was beloved by both the Hwange park staff and visitors. He was also a father to six lion cubs and leader of a large lion family or pride.
Cecil lived and was tracked and studied in the national park and Dr. Palmer was only able to get his crossbow aimed at Cecil by luring him to leave the protected area. Apparently, the killing was totally illegal because he wasn’t “allocated a lion on his hunting quota for 2015,” according to a statement from the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority. Once Cecil was killed, his two companions tried to destroy his tracking collar to hide their crime. Nevertheless, they have been charged with poaching Cecil.
Why Palmer gets pleasure out of killing animals who become rarer by the day, is truly a mystery. It’s hardly a challenge when you trick an innocent animal with food pulled on a car. And Dr. Palmer clearly doesn’t take the time to actually research anything about the animals he kills or he would know that killing Cecil means almost certain death for his cubs as other males in his pride jockey to become the family’s new leader, according to WildCRU, which studies lions in Africa. So Cecil’s death will also result in the death of his babies.
Celebrities have been slamming Palmer relentlessly. Said a teary Jimmy Kimmel: “Is it that difficult for you to get an erection that you need to kill things?”
Tweeted Olivia Wilde:
Debra Messing said this:
I have to agree with Lisa Vanderpump, who tweeted this:
And Cara Delevinge furiously tweeted:
Dr. Palmer, the only apology that you’ve issued for taking a unique life is to your patients, who have been inconvenienced by the closing of your office for a few days. Hopefully, some of those patients will choose to give their business from now on to someone who doesn’t use their payments to slaughter rare animals. That may be the only thing that gets through to you, since you have had no problem heartlessly killing these defenseless beasts.
Do you agree, HollywoodLifers – should Dr. Palmer stop killing rare animals after slaughtering Cecil the Lion? Let me know.
— Bonnie Fuller