Cecil, considered to be the world?s most famous lion from Zimbabwe was mercilessly killed through canned hunting by American dentist, Walter James Peter ? and the world raises hell via social media.
According to various reports, the dentist, who hailed from Minnesota, is believed to have paid more than $50,000 to hunt using a bow and arrow. The animal was shot early this month in Hwange National Park.
Cecil the lion killed
Cecil the lion is considered one of the more famous wild life in the park, as she has been known to enjoy the presence of humans, and whose behavior is being closely monitored by various educational institutions.
The issue rose after conversationalists from Zimbabwe learned that the animal was lured out of the park to be killed.
In a statement given to Colorado News, the dentist apologized for what he did, saying that he did not know the lion was a local favorite.
“In early July, I was in Zimbabwe on a bow hunting trip for big game. I hired several professional guides and they secured all proper permits. To my knowledge, everything about this trip was legal and properly handled and conducted,” he said.
“I had no idea that the lion I took was a known, local favourite, was collared and part of a study until the end of the hunt. I relied on the expertise of my local professional guides to ensure a legal hunt. ?
“I have not been contacted by authorities in Zimbabwe or in the US about this situation, but will assist them in any inquiries they may have. Again, I deeply regret that my pursuit of an activity I love and practice responsibly and legally resulted in the taking of this lion.”
Social Media react
When the world got hold of what he did, the dentist suffered a backlash of reactions. His Facebook site, River Bluff Dental, was taken down supposedly from the barrage of negative comments and threats from different websites.
His Yelp page, on the other hand, was also close to full also with various comments, and he was rated 5 stars to ensure that his page always remains visible and on top of the page.
Some of the most violent reactions include:
?What a grotesque, sad, sick, trophy-hunting hobby – set up for this wannabe by professionals and now allegedly by flouting of the law.
He did not ‘hunt’ these animals – everything is staged for him.?
Another made a joke of the situation but still made sense: ?Well, clearly this lion was a threat to Mr. Palmer and his family in Minnesota which is why he had to fly to Africa to kill it. Well done, Walt! Now this beast will no longer pose a danger to you and yours.?
Even other hunters were appalled with what happened:
?I have hunted my whole life. I fail to see the purpose of killing something you just want as a trophy. These African big game hunters are usually cowards at heart. You bait a lion to come out and stick it. How is that hunting? That is killing, should just go to the zoo and squeeze one off or let one fly. Pathetic, you cant put hunter anywhere in this story because nobody in it is a hunter.?
The most extreme reaction called that the dentist be executed in the same manner.
Animal rights activists have labeled him ?The Executioner? and some old stories of his hunt have already been featured before such as a 95-pound leopard, an elk which he supposedly paid for $45,000, and a rhino.