By now Mr. Walter Palmer, a murder and dentist from Minnesota, has become a household name around the world after it become international knowledge that he is the killer of Cecil the famous Zimbabwean lion. The killing took place during a paid hunting trip while he was a tourist in Zimbabwe, his two hunting guides, a local professional hunter and a farmer have already been arrested by local authorities according to BBC News and face up to 15 years in prison.
Mr. Palmer claims he thought that his guides had taken care of all the proper permits. I don’t care. BBC quotes him as saying:
I relied on the expertise of my local professional guides to ensure a legal hunt… Again, I deeply regret that my pursuit of an activity I love and practice responsibly and legally resulted in the taking of this lion.
Mr. Palmer paid $50,000 for this hunting excursion. This tells me he had the money to have his legal team look into proper permitting. It’s easy for an elitist like him to point fingers at the poor hunting guides, who also deserve what is coming to them in the way of long-term prison terms. None-the-less, he deserves the same. He illegally hunted and killed this animal.
Send him back to Zimbabwe and see he has his day in court. See justice for Cecil!