Social media has been on fire ever since the news broke about the slaughter of Cecil, a 13-year-old African lion in Zimbabwe by Dr. Walter James Palmer. Animal advocates are working diligently to ensure that Dr. Palmer is extradited in order to face charges in Cecil’s death. Dr. Palmar has maintained throughout the entire incident that everything he did was legal.
As reported by numerous news agencies including The World Post, Dr. Palmer allegedly paid $50,000.00 to kill Cecil as a “trophy”. It has been reported that he along with his guide, Theo Bronkhorst baited Cecil with food to lure him away from the sanctuary where he lived with his pride, and then shot him with a crossbow. They then tracked him for 40 hours and once they found him, they cut off his head in order to mount it on Dr. Palmer’s wall. Who knows how much agony Cecil suffered from the arrow shot into him, but clearly he found the strength to do what he could to get away to safety.
Cecil was the alpha male in a pride consisting of two males (himself and another male named Jericho), along with several females and their cubs. Now Jericho and the cubs are left vulnerable to other stronger males who will seek to kill the babies and take the females for their own prides.
Cecil had a GPS tracking device, and was beloved by all who had had the privilege of seeing him or watching any of the recordings of his comings and goings. He had fans who adored him from around the world. He was a large black-maned lion, who was simply stunning.
Petitions have been drawn up, demanding that Dr. Palmer be extradited to Zimbabwe and face criminal charges of illegal poaching and not having the proper permits to kill this majestic animal. His guide has already been arrested and is facing those charges as well. Dr. Palmer has been virtually in hiding since he killed Cecil. Also, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) is circulating a petition, asking Zimbabwe’s government to immediately stop the import of lion trophies.
Zimbabwe officials have stopped all hunts at the present time, and the hope is that they will be outlawed forever. Cecil’s death has sparked outrage at the practice of “trophy hunting”, and has been the spark to light the fire of that outrage to bring the heartless practice to an end. Animals such as Cecil deserve to live in peace, wild as nature intended, without the constant threat of being stalked and slaughtered by heartless humans for sport.
Please consider adding your voice to the hundreds of thousands of others from advocates around the globe, demanding justice for Cecil’s death. The links for the petitions and call to action can be found at the end of this article. While it will not bring precious Cecil back, it will at least give him a voice that will speak loudly and clearly, saying that advocates will not stand still for the slaughter of innocent animals simply for sport or “trophies” to stuff and hang on a wall.
Rest in peace precious Cecil, and know that your life mattered to so many.
Click here to sign the petition: “Extradite Minnesotan Walter James Palmer to face justice in Zimbabwe”.
Click here to sign the petition: “Demand justice for Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe”.
Click here to sign the petition: “Take action for Cecil the lion”.
Click here to sign the petition: “Our Last Chance To Protect African Lions”.
Click here for more of Cecil’s story from The World Post.