Walter Palmer, the dentist who killed Cecil the Lion in July 2015, will not be charged over the death of Zimbabwe’s most prized animal. Officials say Walter’s hunt was completely legal, but users took to social media to say that there was ‘no justice’ for the murdered lion!
The dentist who hunted down Cecil the Lion will not face any criminal charges for killing the beloved creature. Zimbabwe officials say Walter Palmer, 55, had all the proper paperwork filed for his hunt, clearing him of any wrongdoing. Fans are outraged by this news, claiming Walter’s is getting away with murder! Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll star Elaine Hendrix, 44, is appalled with the decision and tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY, “This is a massive disappointment for humankind and travesty for animal justice.”
Zimbabwe’s Environmental Minister, Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, said on Oct.12 that Walter was on a legal hunt and had filed all the necessary paperwork to properly kill a lion. The death of Cecil caused a huge controversy, sparking protests and anger across the planet. After an investigation to Cecil’s killing, officials could not find anything to charge Walter with.
“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,” Oppah said, reports Reuters. Walter is free to return to Zimbabwe, if he wants, but only as a tourist. The Environmental minister implied that the dentist would not be issued the proper permits to legally hunt in the country, again.
Two of Walter’s hunting companions face charges over Cecil’s death. Theo Bronkhorst, a professional hunter, and a game park owner, are facing charges that they allegedly used bait to lure Cecil out of his protected habitat, Hwange National Park.
Elaine Hendrix believes the dentist is guilty and should be charged! “It is too easy and overly simplified to call Walter J. Palmer names such as a**hole, scumbag or disgusting. His ‘alleged’ actions are so disturbing, and go so far beyond ‘normal’ behavior, I am inclined to use descriptions such as deviant, sociopathic and terrifying. Especially since more and more studies are finding links between those who harm animals and those who harm humans, the actress and animal rights activist tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY.
“This is a man who has proven he will spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to actively hunt and kill defenseless beings; he will partake in illegal hunting activities; he will lie to cover up his illegal hunting activities,” Elaine says. “My point is, this isn’t just about the barbaric killing of Cecil the Lion. This isn’t just about greed and hubris. This is about a disturbed mind that is actively, consciously behind inhumane and unethical behaviors. It’s a matter of ‘character’, or the lack there of. To find out my doctor, not only thought in such perverse ways, but actually carried out such perversions with diabolically gleeful actions – I would be horrified. He is a sick man.”
Despite Walter not being charged with any crime, some on the Internet still think he’s guilty of murder. Some claimed that there was no justice for the dead lion, while others were stunned that he was “getting away” with killing Cecil. Others called Zimbabwe’s decision a “travesty,” while one user drew a comparison to The Lion King’s saddest moment.
Cecil’s death touched the hearts of many. His murder was condemned by celebrities like Jimmy Kimmel, who broke out in tears while blasting Walter over the hunt. Cara Delevnigne and Candice Swanepoel also tore into the dentist, with Cara saying “This Walter Palmer is a poor excuse of a human being!”
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Should Walter have faced charges over the death of Cecil?
— Jason Brow, Reporting by Sandra Clark