Last month, a dentist from Eden Prairie, Minnesota shot and killed a 13-year-old male lion in Zimbabwe, drawing what can only be described as international outrage after government officials confirmed that the act was illegal and involved a beloved tourist attraction named Cecil.

Almost overnight, Walter Palmer found himself one of the most sought-after men in the world. After arresting the professional hunter who guided Palmer and the landowner that facilitated the trip, Zimbabwe authorities are now calling for Palmer to be extradited. In addition, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has been reportedly trying to contact Palmer for days and had to post on Twitter and Facebook in an attempt to draw his attention. The agency has not yet specified what kind of charges Palmer could face, but at least one group is calling for the ultimate punishment. In a recent press release, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) called for Palmer’s extradition, conviction, and hanging.

“Hunting is a coward’s pastime. If, as has been reported, this dentist and his guides lured Cecil out of the park with food so as to shoot him on private property, because shooting him in the park would have been illegal, he needs to be extradited, charged, and, preferably, hanged,” PETA President Ingrid Newkirk said.

The statement drew immediate controversy. Many disagreed with PETA’s stance, arguing that Palmer has yet to be tried and that few facts have come to the surface since Cecil the lion was shot on July 1. Palmer himself said in a statement that he believed that the kill was legal and had relied on his guide to obtain the required permits, which did not happen. Since news of Cecil’s death spread late last month, Palmer has received numerous death threats, was forced to close his business, and is now believed to be in hiding in an undisclosed location. Some observers, including hunters, conservationists, and animal rights activists, say they are withholding judgement until Palmer comes forward and court proceedings begin.

The USFWS confirmed that Palmer voluntarily contacted the agency last Friday. He has not yet been charged with a crime, but the United States is under pressure from Zimbabwean officials, who say that the case could have an impact on US-Zimbabwe relations.

“We are appealing to the responsible authorities for his extradition to Zimbabwe so that he [can] be made accountable,” Oppah Muchinguri, the nation’s minister of environment and climate, told reporters at a press conference last week.

You can see a video of Cecil below:

According to the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force (ZCTF), a conservation group operating in the country, Palmer and his guide, Theo Bronchorst, lured the lion out of Hwange National Park by strapping an animal carcass to their car. The dark-maned male lion was a local favorite named Cecil. When they arrived on land owned by Honest Ndlovu, the second man arrested by officials, Palmer shot the lion with a bow and arrow. The shot injured the lion, but the animal remained alive until it was tracked down and killed 40 hours later. The men were also accused by many organizations of attempting to destroy a GPS collar on the lion being used for research, believed by some as an attempt to hide their kill. The lion’s remains were later confiscated by the government.

“Walter Palmer apparently paid USD $50,000 for the kill and we assume Theo Bronkhorst received this money. Cecil, who was known all over the world would have earned millions of dollars just from sightseeing. There was apparently no quota or licence for a lion to be killed in this area,” stated the ZCTF.

The kill also drew condemnation from numerous hunting and conservation organizations. Safari Club International, an advocacy organization for hunters, announced last week that it has suspended the memberships of both Palmer and Bronkhorst, and is urging a full investigation into the case.

“Safari Club International condemns unlawful and unethical hunting practices. SCI supports only legal hunting practices and those who comply with all applicable hunting rules and regulations, and SCI believes that those who intentionally take wildlife illegally should be prosecuted and punished to the maximum extent allowed by law,” the organization stated.

PETA was less diplomatic with its wording.

“To get a thrill at the cost of a life, this man gunned down a beloved lion, Cecil with a high-powered weapon,” Newkirk said. “All wild animals are beloved by their own mates and infants, but to hunters like this overblown, over-privileged little man, who lack empathy, understanding, and respect for living creatures, they are merely targets to kill, decapitate, and hang up on a wall as a trophy. The photograph of this dentist, smiling over the corpse of another animal, who, like Cecil, wanted only to be left in peace, will disgust every caring soul in the world.”

Early on in the reporting of the story, some news sources erroneously stated that Cecil was killed with a rifle or crossbow, instead of a compound bow, which is rarely considered a “high-powered weapon.”

Experts are unsure whether or not the US government will agree to extradite Palmer, but one thing is certain: the death penalty is not on the table. According to NBC News, the maximum punishment for lion poaching in Zimbabwe is a $20,000 fine and up to a decade in prison.

Image screenshot of video by Pamela Robinson on YouTube

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45 thoughts on “PETA Calls for Hanging of Dentist Who Shot Cecil the Lion

  1. It would be safe to say that the majority of these people having a cry about “Cecil” had no idea about him until it was in the news. It’s just another trend for them to make a fuss over to make it look like they’re actually doing something.

    1. You are a complete idiot Barack Obama!!!! There you go AGAIN- taking a situation & making it worse, yet again!!!!! Thank goodness you will no longer be a thought anymore!!! Go destroy something else, you’ve already destroyed our once beautiful country!!!!

    2. That is actually the most sensible thing I’ve heard you say, in a long time! I’m sure you aren’t really mr. Obama! But if you were, I’d have to agree with you for once! Now, if you could act like an American, instead of a sand nigger, be presidential, denounce Islam, bomb Iran, Syria, and be a friend to Israel, send all illegals back where they come from and seal the border, stop being a cock sucker, and quit being such a liar, and reverse obamacare, I might like you!

  2. PETA should ”F” right off!!!!
    When all the animals are gone because they have no $$value I hope all the keyboard conservationists give themselves a pat on the back, for sticking with their emotions instead of getting educated on the FACTS. And I don’t mean the anti-hunting propaganda put about by mainstream media and the Greens. All the FB likes and hateful message don’t pay for conservation or put food in hungry villagers bellies.
    Well done to all the keyboard conservationist well done!!!

    1. PETA euthanized 2,454 of its 3,369 cats, dogs and other animals, the vast majority of which were “owner surrenders,” meaning that they’d been relinquished to the group voluntarily. Just 23 dogs and 16 cats were adopted.
      PETA took in last year from unsuspecting donors who helped pay for this mass carnage? $51,933,001: $50,449,023 in contributions, $627,336 in merchandise sales, and $856,642 in interest and dividends. They finished the year with $4,551,786 more in the bank than they started, after expenses. They did not see fit to use some of that to comprehensively promote animals for adoption or to provide veterinary care for the animals who needed it.
      You won’t hear them talking about any of this tho. All PETA is, are a bunch of hypocrites.

  3. Hunting is a cowards pastime? WTF?! Hunting – oh you mean the skill and art of obtaining food that has kept us alive for centuries!? This is the problem with some people – an animals life is worth more than a human’s life. These sick PITA (Pain In The Ass) PETA people would rather see a human die than an animal die – they’re sociopaths that don’t value human life at all.

  4. PETA really are dangerous when they publically support public execution . They seem to a radical bunch of zelots . The logical direction would be to let the court decided the fine or imprisonment if found guilty of poaching . PETA needs to understand the difference between poaching and hunting . One is legal the other not

  5. I also thought a fitting Judgement, would be Stripping him down and covering from head to toe in Bacon Fat armed only with a Samburu Spear. Then making him go from the Eastern End of Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe. To the Western End, on foot a Fitting Justice. That’s IF he Survives. His Brain’s against the Dumb of the Wild’s, should be interesting.

    1. Once again – a human who cares more about an animals life than a humans life – you’re a little messed up in the head – you need to face the facts of life that things die, people eat meat, and guns exist. I’m not for the people killing for ivory, etc, but there are worse things in the world right now like human trafficking, etc

    2. Do some research on PETA, they have killed more animals then one 13 year old lion that was out of his territory, so was a very good chance being a very very old lion was kicked out of his pride by a younger male lion/lions. He was heading for a lot of suffering, may old lions end up starving, or other young male lions will attack the old when they come across a lone old lion. What PETA does is so much worse. Search them, you won’t like what you find on this group.

  6. PITA once again shows their true colors of being Idiot finatics that promote violence to humans that are engaged in Lawful hunting, no one has proven this otherwise YET but the zealots and Lame stream media have already been judge jury, and wanna be executioner for this American Citizen!!

  7. What rank hypocrisy! !! More ‘outrage’ over 1 smelly old animal than 50 + million precious souls murdered by abortion!

    1. Bullshit! This has nothing to do with abortion you fool, we are talking about some over inflated idiot who should be imprisoned for murdering an innocent animal… Lock him up and throw away the damn key

      1. By your logic, we should also arrest and imprison all the lions for their wanton killing of other animals? How about all the other predators? Should we arrest them as well? In your twisted mind, the value of a human life is the same as that of an animal… yet you hold a human hunter to different standards than other carnivores. The inane thought processes of raving moonbat liberals always amuse me.

      2. Drew..Can’t you read; I’m comparing hypocritical outrage over an animal vs virtually none over killing babies!!… dumfart!!

  8. Stop giving coverage to PETA. When you write about them you are giving them exactly what they want, attention for their outrageous trolling.

  9. This act by Mr Palmer and his associates is an outrage. Again, I wish everyone would stop calling them HUNTERS. They are not hunters, but ego heads. There is a huge difference between a hunter and someone that just wants to kill something. I am a hunter and am nothing like Mr Palmers personality.
    Yes, PETA got a bit out of hand with their comments. Sounds like there is very good evidence of what went on. I would think if Mr Palmer was a man, he would standup for himself if he did nothing wrong instead of hiding.. I know of no hunting org that would even support Mr Palmer. There are ALOT of these personalities out there..I have hunted with a few and never again. Like I said, there are people that just plain simple enjoy killing something. I read that Mr Palmer could face paying a 20,000 dollar fine or jail..Well, MR PALMER why don’t you just give a million or two to the Conservation Org in Zimbabwe and Oxford Uni…Am sure he an afford it. Most of all APOLOGIZE TO THE WORLD along with your so called guide.

    1. and your beliefs are why I do not agree with PETA’s point of view no room for mistakes at all… I hope Gods judgement of all of you is as harsh…

  10. Watch the video, you can see how majestic and tame this lion is. He probably just stood there when this jerk shot him. To bait this animal out of the protected area just so he could get a trophy kill is sickening!! I hope they extradite him back to Africa at his own expense and that they put him in jail for a long, long time, or if they see fit to execute him, Oh Well.

      1. Hey Maryann, Did you know PETA kills thousands of dogs, cats and other pets? Yep, they find homes for about 20, and thats on a good year. They take in millions tho in donations. PETA feels even having a pet is wrong. Whatever you do tho, don’t kill a fly, they feel it’s wrong. Search them, do some research on this BS group.

  11. We have people being stone to death, crucified, beheaded, a country with violent people, and you are obsessed with the death of an animal. GET YOUR HEAD AND REAR END WIRED TOGETHER, AND WORRY ABOUT HUMANS BEING TORCHERED !!!!!!!!!!!

  12. I think baby Jesus would be sad for Cecil because this was kind of like a very late abortion. Plus it seems like Mr. Palmer is racist since beloved Cecil had a black mane. Dame Obama and his African connections….arrg! USA! USA! USA! For a few more dollars Mr. Palmer should have upgraded to the Zimbabwe native hunt where they let you thin out the local AIDs population. Would have made PETA happy.

  13. To President Obama:
    In regards to your comment about people not knowing about Cecil until it became news, isn’t this kinda how you get away with all of the crap you do? Try for once In your life to acknowledge people and their humanity towards animals. I know it is hard to do because you are just like the hunter-Narcisitic, conniving, soul less, power hunger and ruthless.

  14. The very same people who call for the death penalty for hunting a lion are the same ones who applaud Red China’s practice of post birth abortion to age 3 of unwanted children, as Vice President Shotgun Joey Biden said on his visit to China, ‘I can see now why you really need the program.’

  15. PETA should be going after Zimbabwe and the community.. they allowed the hunt to happen in the first place.

    There are far greater atrocities than this hunt, public sentiment places far too much value on this predator species. Fact of the matter is everything dies, and I see a hunters bullet far more humane way to be killed, than of natural causes of the African wilderness.

    I guess its a matter of perspective, cows are sacred in India, and yet we slaughter them for everything including trophy items.

  16. walter has a felony conviction for poaching a bear in wisconson in 2008. poacher or hunter? hunter or poacher? i’m a hunter. your call.

    sherbet. raz

  17. I think people are so upset because we’re not used to watching something die. We’re used to picking up our meat from the store already cut up into perfect little strips and sections. It’s tough watching something die, but that’s how life is. I’m a meat eater and I’m for hunting, which is necessary for animal populations, I’m not for trophy hunting, and I’m not for punishing this guy – if he did anything wrong, then he needs to pay for his transgressions. If he didn’t do anything wrong, then all you’re hearing in the media and from people is simply their lack of exposure to what the real world is really like. Hopefully a mature person is in the lives of all these people screaming murder for the dentist, and will sit these people down and explain how life and death work.

  18. I hunt, this man is not an hunter. He is a shooter. What he did do is steal an irreplaceable/priceless treasure from all the world’s people. You can’t just replace him.

    If the outraged people drag this dumbass from his home and kill him, I would feel bad for his family, but he brought all of this on himself. You steal from me, you would get dealt with also. He should at the very least do time in an African prison and allowed to volunteer on the refuge helping the next-generation of animals for the world to enjoy.

    All those who devalued Cecil , fuck off you clueless assholes, and die of herpes. I want my pound of flesh from this guy who stole from me, my kids, grandkids.

  19. So PETA thinks it’s acceptable to hang a human for the death of a lion? That just shows the pathetic mentality of these morons. If this lion wasn’t humanized by the bunny huggers by giving it the name “Cecil”, this wouldn’t even be an issue. Plus all of you people jumping on the bandwagon for this lion, answer this question. What the hell have you done lately for wildlife and habitat conservation? I can give a laundry list of things me and my fellow hunters and fishermen have done!(‘:”

  20. The death of this lion was an unfortunate incident. The whole world is in an uproar! Why has no one had such a reaction to the wholesale slaughter of more than a HALF-MILLION infants in the last two years!!?? I am speaking of the abortion mill called Planned Parenthood!!
    Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s latest annual report for 2011-2012 says that its affiliated clinics performed 333,964 abortions in fiscal 2011.

    That works out to an average of one abortion every 94 seconds.

    The 333,964 abortion Planned Parenthood did in fiscal 2011 is an increase of 4,519 from the 329,445 abortions it did in 2010, according to a fact sheet that Planned Parenthood published last year.

    Over two years, Planned Parenthood says, it has aborted 663,409.

    Where is the global outrage about this?? Not only that, but this is a FOR PROFIT abortion mill!! And they are proud of it and brag about it!! Hitler couldn’t match these people!!
    The 2011-2012 report states that Planned Parenthood received $542.4 million in “government health services grants and reimbursements,” which it states includes “payments from Medicaid managed care plans.”

    The report also shows that Planned Parenthood’s total assets top $1 billion dollars, specifically $1,244.7 billion.

    “We are so proud of the year’s many successes, and deeply grateful for all the partners, sponsors, volunteers, staff and friends who helped make them possible,” states the report’s introductory letter, signed by PPFA president Cecile Richards and Cecelia Boone, chairwoman of the organization.

    1. All that’s happening in the world today and we’re fussing over an overaged lion killed by a misled Dentist who intrusted the locals. Now the dentist is a victim because of groups like PETA who are as unethical as it gets when it comes to their cause. flipping maniacal hypocrites. PETA needs to broaden their horizons. I would’ve killed that damn lion too. I”d do my research first and make sure nothing is questionable since PETA has nothing better to do than to harass hunters. Typical Progressive Liberal bunch that are upside down if you don’t think the way they do, screw you assholes!!

  21. The idiot who came up with killing a man for the sake of an animal should be on the receiving end of this stupid suggestion. Maybe he
    should be drawn and quartered or some other means of justifying this dumb comment that has gone to peoples emotions. Stupid Stupid Stupid!

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