A few days ago a dentist, Walter Palmer, from USA killed Zimbabwe’s most loving pet – Cecil the Lion by louring him outside of National Park, with a help of two local hunters.
Now Zimbabwe’s authorities want to extradite the man who did this, but he is nowhere to be found. Police searched for him at his house, Dental office, they tried every phone he owns and filled his email inbox with messages, but no response. He is hiding somewhere until things settle down.
The minister of environment, water and climate Oppah Muchinguri stated at press conference: “Unfortunately it was too late to apprehend the foreign poacher as he had already absconded to his country of origin,” Oppah Muchinguri, Zimbabwe’s environment, water and climate minister, said at a news conference. “We are appealing to the responsible authorities for his extradition to Zimbabwe so that he be made accountable.”
After the news about the kill spread the internet, Palmer decided to go public saying that he is very sorry, and that he relied on two local people to ensure that everything would be legal. After Zimbabwe’s officials asked for extradition a petition was launched with an ending date of 26. August and ending goal of 100.000 signatures. Petition already got 160.000 signatures and there is a big pressure on the White House to do something (Zimbabwe and USA have bilateral extradition treaty).
Rage of the people made him to close his dental office and his to shut down his website. On his social network profiles you could see pictures of him with his other trophies. He is passionate hunter and he killed, so far, many great animals. Cecil the lion left his pack and a lot young cubs that are in direct danger now.