There are calls for the prosecution of an American dentist who shot and killed one of Africa’s most famous lions, as two other men involved in the hunt appeared in court in Zimbabwe to face poaching charges.
Walter Palmer, who has a dental practice in Minnesota and hunts big game in his free time, is accused of illegally killing Cecil, a protected lion, in Zimbabwe on a $50,000 hunt.
Cecil, a famous attraction among international visits to Hwange national park, was lured outside the reserve’s boundaries by bait and killed earlier this month.
“Both the professional hunter and landowner had no permit or quota to justify the offtake of the lion and therefore are liable for the illegal hunt,” the Zimbabwean parks authority said in a statement on Tuesday. The charity Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force said Palmer and Bronkhorst had gone out at night with a spotlight and tied a dead animal to their vehicle to lure Cecil out.
Are we imposing our western values on another culture? Should Palmer be prosecuted?