Petition’s Demanding Justice for Cecil the Lion
A 13-year old lion named Cecil was just lured outside of a national park in Zimbabwe where he lived under legal protection.
Walter James Palmer paid almost $55,000 to safari guides so he could kill a beloved and protected lion famous to Zimbabwe tourists for his tameness and friendliness. Palmer has at least 43 kills to his name.
On July 1, Minnesota dentist and convicted poacher Walter James Palmer, 55, allegedly tracked him after his guides removed his GPS collar then lured him outside of the national conservation park into an adjacent hunting concession area with bait in the form of a freshly killed animal.
Palmer then shot him with a crossbow, and continued tracking the dying lion for 40 hours until he found him and killed him with a shotgun. Cecil was found dead — skinned and headless.
Palmer, “pleaded guilty in 2008 to making false statements to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service about a black bear he fatally shot in western Wisconsin outside of the authorized hunting zone, according to court documents.”
“The saddest part of all is that now that Cecil is dead, the next lion in the hierarchy, Jericho will most likely kill all Cecil’s cubs,” Johnny Rodrigues, chairman of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force, told the Star-Tribune.
Over 450,000 people signed a petition on care2 to demand justice for the beloved lion. Sign the petition and share to help create change in our justice system for these animals.
There’s a rapidly advancing petition on the White House’s website calling for the extradition of Dr. Palmer to face charges in Zimbabwe. Sign it and share it with as many people as you can.
Right now, the Fish and Wildlife Service is considering a petition to list lions as endangered, and a massive outcry from across the country could speed up the process and start saving lions now. Sign now and recruit others to join.
Experts say lions could be extinct in the wild in our lifetime, and the US is partly to blame. The number of lion trophies imported by American hunters has skyrocketed, doubling between 1999 and 2008, and there are no sanctions in the US for hunters like the dentist who killed Cecil, because lions aren’t listed under the Endangered Species Act despite a recent government recommendation.
“Big game” hunting for sport are for cowards and should be banned! We have only four (4) northern white rhinos left in the world due to big game hunting.
Dr. Walter James Palmer was accused of sexual harassment in 2009 by a former employee at his practice and settled out of court for $127,500. Palmer subjected her to ‘ongoing and unwelcome sexual harassment by, but not limited to, verbal comments and physical conduct involving her breasts, buttocks and genitalia’.
The former employee also alleges she also lost her job because she reported his alleged untoward conduct.
According to the claim filed with the Minnesota Board of Dentistry, the employee worked for Dr.Palmer from 1999 to January 2005 and also had dental procedures performed on her by the married father of two.
Meanwhile as the controversy raged and Dr. Palmer still remained out of public sight.