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Outrage following the death of Cecil the Lion

By Dr. Andrew Jones


Millions of people are outraged following the death of Cecil the Lion.

I am one of them.

Cecil the lion, known for his black mane, was about 13 years old and a famous attraction for wildlife tourists in Zimbabwe until, earlier this month, he was tempted outside a national park using bait and shot with a bow and arrow. He is believed to have taken 40 hours to die.

Cecil was killed by Walter Palmer, a dentist from Minnesota, who reportedly paid $55,000 to participate in the hunt.


Cecil was lured out of a protected park with a dead animal used as bait tied on to the truck of the hunting guides, then had a spotlight shone on him.

Palmer first shot the lion, who was part of an Oxford University research project and wore a GPS collar, with a bow and arrow but that shot didn’t kill Cecil.

40 hours later, Palmer and professional hunter Theo Bronkhorst allegedly tracked the lion down and shot him with a gun. They tried and failed to destory the GPS collar; Cecil was beheaded and skinned.

Lions in Cecils Pride may die

The brutal killing of Cecil the lion will have long-lasting effects on his pride — and may even cost his 12 cubs their lives.

Since Cecil is no longer the head of the pride, the lion who takes over will most likely kill his cubs in an act of dominance.

“The saddest part of all is that now that Cecil is dead, the next lion in the hierarchy, Jericho, will most likely kill all Cecil’s cubs so that he can insert his own bloodline into the females,” Johnny Rodrigues, chairman of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force, told the BBC.

What Palmer Said

“I hired several professionals and they secured all proper permits,” said Palmer. “To my knowledge, everything about this trip was legal and properly handled and conducted.

“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,” he said. “I relied on the expertise of my local professional guides to ensure a legal hunt.”


Palmer is facing many consequences

His practice, Red River Dental, is shuttered, at least for now. A memorial of stuffed animals piles up at the door.


The website for the dental practice is no longer available online.

Online reviews are trashing his business.

The hashtag #WalterPalmer is being used to pepper him with threats and insults.

The Facebook page called “Shame Lion Killer Dr Walter Palmer and River Bluff Dental” is some 7,300 members strong.

Dental Practice Closed

Palmer said that the media, along with “a substantial number of comments and calls from people who are angered by this situation and by the practice of hunting in general,” has disrupted his ability to see his patients.

“I apologize profoundly for this inconvenience and promise you that we will do our best to resume normal operations as soon as possible.”

Dentist’s enthusiasm for hunting with bow and arrow

Cecil’s killing doesn’t appear to be the first time Palmer has gotten into trouble while hunting.

A man by the same name and age, and from the same town, illegally killed a black bear in Wisconsin several years ago, according to court documents.


That individual pleaded guilty to making false statements knowingly to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and was sentenced to one year on probation and ordered to pay a fine of nearly $3,000, records show.

A New York Times article in 2009 that profiled Palmer and his hunting methods said he had served a year of probation over the false statements case.

Charges Pending

Dentist Who Killed Cecil The Lion Could Be Extradited To Zimbabwe
U.S. Fish and Wildlife said it will assist “in whatever manner requested.”

More than 40,000 people have signed a White House petition calling for Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer to be extradited to Zimbabwe to face justice for killing a beloved lion named Cecil.

You can sign it here: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/extradite-minnesotan-walter-james-palmer-face-justice-zimbabwe

Legal experts say it could happen.

First, the grisly and disturbing background: Palmer allegedly paid two Zimbabwean men $55,000 for what may have been the illegal killing of the famously black-maned animal.

“Ongoing investigations to date suggest that the killing of the lion was illegal since the land owner was not allocated a lion on his hunting quota for 2015. Therefore, all persons implicated in this case are due to appear in court facing poaching charges,” reads a joint statement released by Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management and the Safari Operators Association of Zimbabwe.

What can you do?

1. Sign this petition: Justice for Cecil the iconic collared lion slaughtered by trophy hunter in Zimbabwe..https://www.change.org/p/justice-for-cecil-the-iconic-collared-lion-slaughtered-by-trophy-hunter

2. Sign the White House Petition: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/extradite-minnesotan-walter-james-palmer-face-justice-zimbabwe

3. Support this legislation, make it Nationwide

New Jersey Assemblyman Tim Eustace (D) announced Wednesday he will file a bill during the state’s next legislative session that would ban transporting animal carcasses of endangered or threatened species through airports overseen by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey — Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark Liberty airports.

“This ban would cut off a link back to the United States for game hunters intent on importing the dead carcasses of endangered animals,” Eustace said. “Hopefully making it more difficult for these types of hunters to transport their ‘prizes’ will give them pause or perhaps even make them reconsider this type of inhumane activity.”

In light of Cecil’s death, Eustace is also calling on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to add the African lion to its endangered species list, something the service is currently considering. The lion’s status is currently listed as “threatened.”

4. Support politicians that want to BAN trophy hunting

I can’t believe that this still exists, but it is going strong around the world- here in BC hunters still kill diminishing Grizzly Bears in the name of a ‘trophy’

Seriously…it’s about time our elected officials stand up to the hunting lobby

5. Ultimately this will change- Dr Palmer’s life will NEVER be the same, his practice is closed, and his actions have led to life changing consequences. So serves him right.

Obviously there is more to this story, especially an increasing world wide population, less animal habitat, impoverished locals who will do just about anything for money, too little protection and support of threatened and endangered species.

Yet it starts with a handful of people who are ‘trophy’ hunters, who have thousands of disposable dollars, no conscience, and willing to break laws.

Trophy hunting should be banned.

If you trophy hunt you should spend many years in jail.

As should Walter Palmer

Andrew Jones, DVM


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94 Responses to “Outrage following the death of Cecil the Lion”

  1. Avatar Julie Says:
    July 30th, 2015 at 6:50 am

    He is a bastard and deserves to be treated the way he treated Cecil. END OF STORY!!!!

  2. Avatar Georgianna rogers Says:
    July 30th, 2015 at 6:52 am

    This angers and saddens me tremendously. Someone that could kill an animal for the fun of it and make it his trophy is nothing but evil…
    I pray that he is punished to the highest extent and that his practice is over.. RIP Cecil?

  3. Avatar Esther Williams-Bruce Says:
    July 30th, 2015 at 6:52 am

    All those responsible for this atrocious act should face the full penalty.

  4. Avatar Judi Sargeson Says:
    July 30th, 2015 at 6:55 am

    I did not … could not … read the article. The pain in my chest is overwhelming. My eyes are filled with tears and I am simply so unbelievably horrified and saddened by this senseless killing that I have no words. Why oh why do people think this is fun? Have they no empathy, no compassion? 40 hours to die …. my heart is broken.

  5. Avatar susan Says:
    July 30th, 2015 at 6:56 am

    He might consider hiring a security guard.

  6. Avatar Elaine Parker Says:
    July 30th, 2015 at 6:57 am

    Despicable ego

  7. Avatar Elaine Parker Says:
    July 30th, 2015 at 6:58 am

    Seems that as long as you have money you can feed your ego. This is despicable.

  8. Avatar Margaret Churchill Says:
    July 30th, 2015 at 7:02 am

    Yes, I followed this too and was shocked and saddened over this horrible injustice! I was so angry that I hope someone, somewhere will go and put an arrow through this dentist’s head!
    I signed the petition on Change.org and see that they are up to 250,000 signatures in just 2 hours who are responding to this heinous (sp?) crime!
    I can’t stand to hear of this. Saddens me no end and makes me want revenge.
    (Dr. Jones…you don’t have to print this. I realize it’s not printable material…I’m just so angry!

  9. Avatar Shirley Grothe Says:
    July 30th, 2015 at 7:03 am

    I find trophy hunting and hunters absolutely horrific and disgusting – for me this subject is too close to my home and heart. My neighbor who is a trophy hunter shot my RED Australian Shepherd saying he was shooting a coyote. ?? I am signing all petitions that I find and will do whatever it takes to help eliminate/ban trophy hunting.

  10. Avatar Pauline Hamilton Says:
    July 30th, 2015 at 7:04 am

    The two men in the photo remind me of a caricature I once saw of two donkeys posing with the head of a lion (no offence to innocent donkeys). This man is obviously an egotist, I hope no one ever goes to his dental practice again. Trophy hunting should be banned world wide. On another note egotists who like control and killing can also be sadists or serial killers, monitor this man carefully.

  11. Avatar Sue Smith Says:
    July 30th, 2015 at 7:07 am

    I encourage everyone of his patients not to go there again and give him any more money for his sick hobby. You are not a big hunter for food you just want an ego boost and show off rights at the expense of beautiful animals. Are you really that much in need of praise for what a big brave hunter you are trying to impress people. How sad are you shame on you I hope this ruins your life. Make up for spending all that money on killing by doing something worth while with that money or are you too selfish to make a difference for the better in an animal or child’s life. Try and redeem yourself in the eyes of everyone including your God.

  12. Avatar Sally Smith Says:
    July 30th, 2015 at 7:15 am

    Awful sad happening,

    How many people outraged eat animals on a daily basis?

    There is absolutely no difference.

  13. Avatar Trix van der Schalk Says:
    July 30th, 2015 at 7:19 am

    Yes, I know practices like this still happen, and will happen as long as well-off men like Walter Palmer are able to pay bribes to hunt wildlife. It is extremely sad that such men cannot see or understand the damage they do. A second point is that world-wide men from the USA using lethal weapons should be deterred!

  14. Avatar Gaynor Millard Says:
    July 30th, 2015 at 7:19 am

    I do not understand the mentality of these evil people, I hope his business dies a death and he goes to prison for a long time and to hell in the next dimension, prick.

  15. Avatar Mary S Cann Says:
    July 30th, 2015 at 7:20 am

    this was a senseless, cruel & cowardly act. This poor excuse of a human should be fined & punished as severly as the courts will allow. If killing an amimal is necessary-as in self defense, for food, etc.,it wouldn’t seem as inhumane. To pay money to hunt for the thrill of killing anything, then hanging the trophy on a wall isn’t proving you to be any more of a man (or woman). I wouldn’t allow this man, or any other like him, to provide a service of any kind for me. I hope he never puts his blood thirsty hands in the mouth of another person!! For this poor lion to survive 13 years and die in this manner is disgusting, to say the least. Cecil deserved the dignity of dying a natural death! Yes, he as well as all involved should have to return to face the court & people of the area he took this beloved lion from. I know he won’t be dealt the same degree of injustice he is guilty of,
    but the consequences should be stiff enough to stop the slaying of animals for thrills. Plaster this guy’s face with Cecil in every corner of the world–leave him no place to hide without shame!

  16. Avatar Sharon Korchnak Says:
    July 30th, 2015 at 7:23 am

    I am not against legitimate hunters, I know many. I also know that they hunt animals that often would die of overpopulation and hunger otherwise, and all of the hunters I know purpose to kill quickly. They use the meat or donate it … so they hunt.

    This situation with Cecil breaks my heart. Even worse than the dentist are the people who helped him perpetrate this atrocity. This is not hunting, this is slaughter. These are not “sportsmen”, these are spoiled fools who somehow feel “powerful” because they tricked a wild animal and ambushed him, not even mercifully. Shame on every one involved in this diabolical act.

  17. Avatar Karen Kennedy Says:
    July 30th, 2015 at 7:23 am

    Personally I think the man is scum, all trophy hunters are. I have signed every petition that has come along to punish him, and I am glad he has lost his practice. He deserves all the punishment and negativity directed towards him.

    I would like to no longer see the photo of dead Cecil. It breaks my heart. Nothing is going to bring him back.

  18. Avatar Pauline Hamilton Says:
    July 30th, 2015 at 7:25 am

    Such degenerate dregs of the human species have no God they are God with the power to hurt and take the lives of beautiful, wonderful animals. Such demons in human form are beneath even the lowliest of God’s creatures. I say again watch this man he is a killer of animals and who knows what or who else?????

  19. Avatar Lesley Says:
    July 30th, 2015 at 7:26 am

    Cannot give him the salutory title of Mr. Palmer is hiding behind excuses because he got caught with his pants down. Hunting wild animals is not a sport, unless it is eyeball to eyeball without high powered weaponry (just the ones God gave you). I hope he ponders long and hard at everything this act of idiocy and egotism has cost all around and then i hope he loses everything as his ‘reward’ including his liberty.

  20. Avatar Sharon Korchnak Says:
    July 30th, 2015 at 7:28 am

    Having stated my heartbreak over Cecil, I have to say that, in the United States, I wish we could see even half the outrage toward the practice of slicing tiny babies, just minutes from birth, into sellable body parts … hardly anyone can get up a similar rage for that practice … why is that?

  21. Avatar Lorna Says:
    July 30th, 2015 at 7:31 am

    Hunting wild defenseless animals is not a “sport”. It is an inhumane and cruel practice by blood thirsty braggarts. I wish the same fate would befall that dentist (would you trust him to do dental work on you?) and all those who indulge themselves in these cowardly acts. As to the dentist and his game guide, I wish them also a life sentence in the infamous Chikarubi Prison in Zimbabwe!They’ll provide some much needed protein for the other inmates!

  22. Avatar Margaret Churchill Says:
    July 30th, 2015 at 7:34 am

    Sorry it was 250,000 signatures signed in 24 hours not 2!
    Let’s all pray that this dentist get’s what he deserves! I hope he suffers greatly over this.

  23. Avatar Yolanda Says:
    July 30th, 2015 at 7:36 am

    Nothing can bring Cecil back – the practice of killing animals for sport is wrong, and we should be protecting them and the earth we live on with everything we can muster. There is no excuse Palmer can give that could even begin to explain why he would spend that enormous amount of money to kill a beautiful and threatened animal. I believe we were charged with caring for our world and each other – mankind has a very sad record.

  24. Avatar C Roger Says:
    July 30th, 2015 at 7:39 am

    Dr. Jones i am with you as i have (Respect) for all animals and this man call himself a doctor has no respect of life my hope is the ancestors send to the under world for a creature like him is no longer human. Dr.Jones much Respect to you and your Family
    C Roger:

  25. Avatar Lois Bolton Says:
    July 30th, 2015 at 7:39 am

    People who kill innocent animals for sport must have an incomprehensible evil place in their souls. I simply do not understand how someone could celebrate taking the life of Cecil, or ANY animal for conquest or sport.

  26. Avatar Mary S Cann Says:
    July 30th, 2015 at 7:41 am

    This was a senseless, cruel & cowardly act. This poor excuse of a human should be fined & punished as severly as the courts will allow. Animals killed in self defense, for food, etc.,
    may be necessary sometimes. To pay money to hunt & kill them to hang a trophy on your wall
    does not make you more of a man, or woman. It’s an ego trip! I hope no one ever allows this man, or any like him, to provide services of any kind to another patient. Just thinking of these blood thirsty hands providing dental services to people is appalling. For this poor lion to survive 13 years in the wild then die like that is disgusting–Cecil deserved the dignity of dying a natural death.

    All involved should have to return to face the courts & people of the area he took this beloved lion from. I know he won’t be dealt the same degree of injustice he is guilty of, but maybe the consequences will be stiff enough to stop the slaying of animals for thrills. Please plaster this man’s face with the photo of Cecil all over the world—leaving him no place to hide without shame!!!

  27. Avatar Leslie Johnson Lecch Says:
    July 30th, 2015 at 7:46 am

    I am so saddened by this. I have always hated the thought of trophy hunting. What kind of person would think this is sport? We can only hope that the publicity Cecil’s death has inspired will lead to changes in the laws that make canned hunts and trophy hunting legal. Cecil deserves a legacy and if his death spares others, it will not all be in vain. RIP Cecil…And is there any chance that his offspring could be saved?

  28. Avatar Donna Bucaro Says:
    July 30th, 2015 at 7:48 am

    Let man destroy what man has created and he’s called a murderer. Let man destroy what God has created and he’s called a Sportsman. This is not a man, nor a sportsman, but a monster who preys on defenseless, helpless, beautiful creatures. Cecil was a National treasure of Zimbabwe. WJP stands there with that smug smile on his face. Look what I did, what a great accomplishment. He should definitely be extradited to Zimbabwe to stand and face the charges against him for the cruel and inhumane treatment of this beautiful animal. His punishment should be to ROT in a prison in Zimbabwe, without any mercy; just as he did not show any mercy for this magnificent lion. Then let’s see a photo of him posted with that smug smile on his face. Cecil our hearts are sad and broken, but you will not be forgotten. Rest in Peace Cecil.

  29. Avatar Theresa White Says:
    July 30th, 2015 at 7:52 am

    Absolutely disgusting!! How cruel to bait a wonderful animal like that and he calls it hunting!! It’s amazing what money can buy. I hope the prosecute him to the fullest extent of the law and that won’t even be enough. That poor animal suffered for 40 hours before he was finally killed. No professional hunter would let an animal suffer like that. He deserved the public outrage and so much more. This should apply to anyone going to kill animals like this for a trophy. Shame on them all!!!! Post his face everywhere so he can run, but he can’t hide!!!

  30. Avatar Denise Gaboury Says:
    July 30th, 2015 at 7:55 am

    He says everything was legal. But how was it legal to bait Cecil off the protected area so the idiot could shoot him. Photographs can be hung on the wall!

  31. Avatar Adriana Says:
    July 30th, 2015 at 7:56 am

    If you kill, for the love of killing, by beheading magnificent creatures, such as this lion – ISIS-style…if you act like a terrorist towards wildlife, you should be treated as such.

  32. Avatar sgt Says:
    July 30th, 2015 at 8:00 am

    I have ZERO tolerance for people who kill for the thrill! If it were up to me, I’d hang him by the balls.

  33. Avatar Linda Says:
    July 30th, 2015 at 8:00 am

    Palmer,also been endicted on sexual harassment a few years back to one of his employees which resulted in a $120,000 settlement that says a lot about this Jack hole.

  34. Avatar Laura Says:
    July 30th, 2015 at 8:06 am

    He shouldn’t be allowed to live the rest of his life after ending the life of a beautiful, innocent animal. There aren’t enough negative words to describe what a pathetic piece of filth he is.

  35. Avatar Cynthia Gallegos Says:
    July 30th, 2015 at 8:09 am

    Walter Palmer can’t have a heart to be so desperate to pay that kind of money to be killing any animal. If he is married I feel for his wife, if he has that much pride with such a big ego no telling how he would be treating her (I know I am just speculating here) but a person like that wants to be in control without caring who he hurts. I hope there is a BAN put on these people that are just killing for the sport and the heads of these animals. I wonder how he would feel if someone was wanting his head as a trophy, he wouldn’t like it one bit. For Cecil to have suffered for 40 hrs. before Palmer finely put him out of his pain he had to have been going though; just goes to show he has no heart at all. I think he should be made to suffer just like Ceil. Please don’t misunderstand I do have a heart but not for someone that would do this to an animal that can’t defend himself. I feel for all the people in Zimbabwe that loved Cecil and will miss him.

  36. Avatar Terri Holsonbake Says:
    July 30th, 2015 at 8:31 am

    I, too, am outraged by this merciless killing of a beloved lion. I love ALL animals, and I cannot even imagine anyone wanting to do this for “sport”, or for whatever reason !!! I don’t eat beef or pork, and am thankful that my husband does NOT go hunting. We even feed the deer when they come in our back yard. I love the deer, too. Something makes me wonder tho~~~~~Most ALL of the comments on this issue are WOMEN. Don’t MEN care about the animals ?????There were only 1 or 2 possible comments by men. Check it out. O.K.?

  37. Avatar Deborah Gann Says:
    July 30th, 2015 at 8:55 am

    This twisted person deserves to suffer like this poor lion and all the others he has killed. He does not deserve to continue on with his practice and should be put on trial for what he did. May he rot in hell where he belongs…..

  38. Avatar Patriot SM Says:
    July 30th, 2015 at 9:01 am

    “doctor” or should I say KILLER pussy palmer: I truly hope that you get stage IV cancer, and begin to die a very slow and immeasurably excruciating death. Your life is not worth even $.50, not to mention the $50,000 you invested to slowly torture another animal for fun. Yes scumbag – you are also an Animal, called homo sapiens. Unlike your Victim, Cecil, your life is utterly worthless. Great job on destroying your life. FYI insect, you are on the same RED list as the monster government employee in Idaho who took a selfie of himself with a tortured wolf. One day this country will rise up against the ZOG, and YOU will be hunted….Ready for a real GAME, MF??

  39. Avatar Donna Gray Says:
    July 30th, 2015 at 9:01 am

    Rest well, Cecil. May your offspring live long lives.

    That dentist has been trained to alleviate pain. What he did to was unforgivable and he should be punished severely.

    Killing Cecil was not his first crime, and unfortunately he escaped prosecution for a previous offense.

  40. Avatar Rodney Says:
    July 30th, 2015 at 9:01 am

    Yes Terri I noticed the same thing – I don’t think it’s that men don’t care they just don’t come out publicly and express their emotions. Having said that this was a despicable murder of an innocent and beautiful animal with possible deadly repurcussions for members of his Pride.Trophy Hunting should be an International crime and people like this perpetrator suitably punished – especially as it seems this is not the first time he’s transgressed.

  41. Avatar Peter Ng Says:
    July 30th, 2015 at 9:21 am

    All living things have the right to exist in this world with us,be they predator or whatever. In my kitchen,I often see cochroach stung by green hornets and left to die slowly in a pararise situation.I start to feel very sorry for this unfortunate creature and from there since I have not harm them. Whenever I see one being stung by the hornet,I lift it to a safe place hopefully they will recover,but most of them will die slowly so I will bring some hot water to end their suffering.For the hunting hornets sometime they fall into the pail containing water in my toilet trying to drink but fall and drown instead,if I see it I will try to safe it by lifting and place on a dry mop hoping that it will recover.Most living being and creature kill for food like we human, pork or beef,but do not kill for fun.What I am trying to emphasise here is to be compassionate to all living being that are co-existing with us here in this vast unknown universe.

  42. Avatar Dianna in Brussels Says:
    July 30th, 2015 at 9:25 am

    This is outrageous. This “dentist” who is also a “doctor” should be banned from ever practising again anywhere. Let’s get him where it hurts … his practice. To kill such a beautiful animal is a crime and he should be suitably punished. It is murder.

    Murderers need to be punished, whether it is a crime against a person or an animal.

    I am hoping someone will take justice into their hands and give him what he deserves – no mercy.


  43. Avatar John Thomas Says:
    July 30th, 2015 at 9:36 am

    I’d love to see this jackhole tied to the back of a jeep in Africa and used as live lion bait . . . with nobody aboard to kill the lions!

  44. Avatar Lois ottawa Says:
    July 30th, 2015 at 9:54 am

    I t still surprises me that people in general are shocked when Americans act like Americans! People, children, animals and a basic need to kill other living things! Truly sad and heartbreaking.

  45. Avatar Wendy Says:
    July 30th, 2015 at 10:09 am

    Trophy Hunting is sick, egotistical disregard for the lives of majestic animals who are sacred beings.
    What gives these low lives the right to kill for sport!!! Apparently governments, including our own do, for one.. It’s as barbaric as it gets- gross & criminal beyond words….Trophy hunters deserve to be drawn and quartered and so do those who enable & accept it.

  46. Avatar Cilla Rose Says:
    July 30th, 2015 at 10:10 am

    Walter Palmer should be treated exactly the way he treated the magnificent animals which he slaughtered …. he should be beheaded and skinned.
    How can someone who is a doctor behave in such a despicable and callous manner towards animals, with absolutely no regard for them. He should be struck off the roll of dental practitioners as who would want a cold blooded killer to work on their teeth.

  47. Avatar Lehua Says:
    July 30th, 2015 at 10:44 am

    Losers like this have such a low self-esteem that they over compensate by murdering innocent, helpless creatures, because they hope it will make themselves feel like a big person, like someone great. They will never be satisfied, because inside they know that they are still the pathetic, tiny, manless, soulless, weenie losers they always have been and their murderous actions just PROVE it to themselves and the world! Murdering a helpless animal does not take any special ability or courage or talent. One might as well be out hunting babies in diapers, for they cannot shoot back any better than an animal! If these losers want to do something brave and courageous that takes ability, hunt man! Join the military! By hunting animals all it does is scream to the world that you are a loser, a coward, a low self esteem moron with no morals, a soulless child, and you know it!

  48. Avatar Mary E Says:
    July 30th, 2015 at 10:45 am

    This story is disturbing and is the reason why a lot of the wildlife in Africa and other countries are going extinct. Elephants, Rhinos, lions, and so many more. All to become a trophy head on someone’s wall. I think people like Palmer are too used to buying their way in to and out of circumstances and he should be held responsible. He knew dang well that the lion was lured off of protected land and especially after hunting him down for 40 hours, you can’t tell me that he didn’t see a radio collar on him through the binoculars! He thinks just because he purchased his so called permits from a couple of low lifes, that gets him off the hook. I hope he pays this time and KARMA bites him in the butt! Maybe it will set an example for others who do the same. I am so glad that so many people care nowadays and we won’t let them get away with it if we can help it. Point being, it doesn’t bring Cecil back and the destiny that is now set for his pride.

  49. Avatar carole Says:
    July 30th, 2015 at 11:23 am

    We are so outraged by the savage hunting and poaching of our sacred wildlife in South Africa . Unless laws change there will be little action . There are barbaric people in South Africa and Zimbabwe legally breeding majestic animals for hunting and posing as petting lion parks to the public – join groups on Facebook like the con in conservation ..and naming and shaming animal abusers ..together we have a voice . I pray Walter Palmer , clearly a psychopath , is extradited and punished severely …pray so as in South Africa seems one can get away with murder !!!

  50. Avatar Katie Says:
    July 30th, 2015 at 11:27 am

    This Palmer and his cronies should be sentenced to 40 years in prison doing nothing but scrubbing latrines with a toothbrush all day long. One year for every hour of slow torture.

  51. Avatar Henry Roberts Says:
    July 30th, 2015 at 11:35 am

    What a worthless excuse for a human being. Probably has a very very small brain and a even smaller heart. He is not above pond scum.

  52. Avatar annette pozesky Says:
    July 30th, 2015 at 11:46 am

    2 choices put him in the lions den at the nearest zoo or let charles Manson out of jail and these mindless,heartless murderers. Can Chase him with a bow and arrow.

  53. Avatar Jim Wright Says:
    July 30th, 2015 at 11:58 am

    People like him with a few bucks in their pockets think they can do what ever they want he new damm well what was going on or that kind of money would have never interred the picture he should be put away for life for this crime or tie him up and let the lions take care of the problem

  54. Avatar Anne Ziegler Says:
    July 30th, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    Thank you Dr Jones for adding your voice and influence. I would like to see all sorts of cruelty disguised as “sport” removed from the world. Until that great day, we will have to deal with the sick individuals who enjoy inflicting pain and death. I was surprised to see the cowardly vet who killed the cat with the arrow get off scott free for her joyful and gross display of her ignorance.

  55. Avatar Dr. Bonnie Dempsey Says:
    July 30th, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    It isn’t just this man. There is an Orthodontist in Lexington, SC that has many big game trophy heads hanging in his house. He is so proud to be able to go to Africa and kill an animal that has been lured to a pinned area so that some psycho with a gun can pretend that he is a big game hunter. I think they should all be jailed.

  56. Avatar Tristtan Says:
    July 30th, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    Cecil’s murder is an outrage. Hopefully his killing will not be in vain and promote further protection for wild species. However,something as devastating and horrific is occurring in the USA without national outrage. Wolves are being lured and “hunted” down by people just as cowardly as Cecil’s murderer.
    Wolves are a top predator species that help their environment, but because the government caters to a small outspoken few, namely ranchers and “hunters” these magnificent and essential species is again being cruelly murdered.

  57. Avatar Melissa Says:
    July 30th, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    The murdered of Cecil should face criminal charges better yet let’s tie him to a tree shoot him with a bow and arrow and let the lions hunt him. See how much fun that would be for the Trophy Hunter.

  58. Avatar Dianne Williams Says:
    July 30th, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    I believe all trophy hunting should be outlawed and those participating in it should be prosecuted. There is no valid excuse for killing a defenseless animal. I don’t like even killing for food but that, at least, is more reasonable. To kill for the head and skin, well, that is totally disgusting. Is the ‘human’ (and I use that term loosely) race so weak that it must kill to boost its pathetic ego?

  59. Avatar Bruce Says:
    July 30th, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    This was his justification: “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,” In other words, any other lion apart from that one would have been OK. It took 40 hours for the poor creature to die. Some people totally disgust me.

  60. Avatar Mary Mehlhorn Says:
    July 30th, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    Disgusting…as is all poaching and trophy hunting. You reap what you sow.

  61. Avatar Beki Nowak Says:
    July 30th, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    I never met Cecil but his death hurts me like I did. I know I’m not the only one who cried their eyes out over this. Hug the animals in your life right now cuz some heartless human could take them from you any second….or 40 hours…omg…

  62. Avatar Virginia Donnelly Says:
    July 30th, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    It iss a perfect example of a psychopath mentality. I wonder how he feels to now be the hunted? I remember seeing an episode of Hard Copy when they showed similar creeps who hunt zoo or farm creatures. That actorwho played, Major Dad was one of them. Hunting a poir defenseles pig with a similar method. It was the most hhorrifying thing I had ever seen on television.

  63. Avatar Alejandro Soo Says:
    July 30th, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    Walter Palmer is the lowest of the low. He should be extradited and hopefully sentence by Zimbabwe court by being staked down spread eagle like dead Cecil does as shown in the photo. Then let Cecil’s cub eat him alive. Lion usually will eat everything except the head. Then put his head on the arrow that killed Cecil and take pictures. Eye for an eye..

  64. Avatar Hilde Gentry Says:
    July 30th, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    Trophy hunting is another word for senseless slaughter , not a hunt, just murder !
    For this kind of “sport” the pursued animal need a weapon to defend itself; better yet,—take all killing devices away from the “hunter” so the playing field will be leveled to weapons which were provided to animal and man: strength, speed, teeth and nails. No weapons of any kind allowed in the field, lets see who will survive the events. Only humans kill without any good reason, animals don’t.

  65. Avatar Christina Easton Says:
    July 30th, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    From South Africa. The painful killing of this beautiful Lion is a crime.
    A hunter who pays to kill is a common criminal and in this case could not make it a clean kill. He allowed this stunning Lion to suffer in agony for hours on end.
    This is Barbaric. Hunting for food by African tribes has been going on since earliest man trod this Planet. They pride themselves on being able to make a quick kill.
    They give thanks to their god(s) and their ancestors.
    These rich spoilt guys who come to Africa to kill are sick and not hunters they are murderers of the worst kind. No better than poacher who kill after drugging an animal. Some Lions are drugged up and then the paying so called hunter gets his weapon out and kills the animal where it was left to be found all drugged up unable to run. I live in South Africa where this takes place all the time.
    If the American Government passed a law to prevent these cowards bringing in their so called trophies it would be a step in the right direction. These men who kill this way will continue to do so. Every one should write to leaders here in Africa asking them to stop this practice. There is enough poaching going on to wipe out all majestic species for ridiculous so called medicinal purposes such as Rhino horn for virility which the Chinese pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for. This dentist should be shut down so he does not have an income which enables him to go out to other countries and be another thick head who is depleting the wild life that is left over here, which are trying to survive.
    This man is a monster, arrogant, stupid idiot. Makes any one sick to the stomach.

  66. Avatar Marilyn Says:
    July 30th, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    He is the poster child for a depraved society devoid of a soul who have fallen behind in the cycle of evolution. He is a sociopath, and as sociopaths such as serial killers they relive the thrill of murder and torture and pain. All trophy hunters are despicable as are the women who stand behind them.

  67. Avatar Tim Howick-Smith Says:
    July 30th, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    Dear Andrew. Many thanks for this. It is times like this I feel ashamed to be a member of such an inhumane human species. We betray our role and responsibilities as self appointed custodians and stewards of the planet. Hopefully the cruel murder of Cecil will at least raise public awareness and condemnation. Hunting for so-called “sport” should be banned. The importation of “trophies” should be prohibited. Meanwhile the cowardly predator Walter Palmer must have some sense as to what it feels like to be the prey!

  68. Avatar Alice Says:
    July 30th, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    so angry at the killing of Cecil there is no need to kill any lions these days as their numbers are going down hill due to all the killings of them way things are there will be none

  69. Avatar Colleen A. Pikos Says:
    July 30th, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    I’ll add to my previous comment where I stated that Palmer was just another “formally educated” loser, and arrogant, of course:
    I feel for his family, if he has one, unless they are of the same mind set; to spend that amount of money or any amount, in which to slaughter as he did and call it hunting, is the epitome of evil; one wonders how he values any life, including humans; he should be fined to the max and made to clean out animal feces from zoos, for starters, right there in Africa; his arrogance and insatiable need for power have done him in, as he has a long history of this kind of abuse and should have been stopped on his tracks; he should be made to pay restitution, not that he could bring those poor animals back, but to support ETHICAL animal sanctuaries and not those which receive kickbacks, and then to hungry children; moreover, he should fix the teeth of those who do not have dental coverage, instead of wasting money on slaughter of innocent animals, just for the fun of it; much good can be done to help this world with that money instead of Palmer’s appeasing his own killing gene;
    finally, all this can’t give him a heart, but it would be fun watching him squirm!

  70. Avatar Felix Says:
    July 30th, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    Those who were involved in this senseless and brutal killing should be made to suffer the same if not worse punishment and then given to the most wanted terrorists to have their damn throats cut

  71. Avatar Beverley Says:
    July 30th, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    This is a Doctor of Medicine???????
    A Doctor saves lives and not kill lives.
    He should be punished, I do not know of any laws that allow killing to be legal.
    Shame on you Palmer, I only wish to say torture on you

  72. Avatar Kathryn Says:
    July 30th, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    Rest in Peace Cecil – you should not have had to suffer such a death.
    We will honor you by making things better for your brothers and sisters still walking the earth. You were beautiful.

  73. Avatar Debbie Says:
    July 30th, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    That worthless piece of human excrement. Society doesn’t need uncivilized people like this.

  74. Avatar Lin Says:
    July 30th, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    It always amazes me that so many people are outraged that an animal is killed but look the other way when millions of “unwanted” human babies are murdered every day. Our priorities are totally backwards.

  75. Avatar Hildegard Glover Says:
    July 30th, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    Some one needs to explain to me what is so great about brutally killing, without reason, any beautiful animal. Because it is there? What is “brave ” when a peaceful creature is lured into a death trap? Brave is when one faces it without weapons when one feels threatened. Having dead animals displayed in your house, what does that make you?: a killer of creatures. Will humans be next? Would you display them also in your house. I will refrain from saying what should happen to you since revenge is not mine to exercise. Other comments I have read present some inspirational food for thought on that subject.

  76. Avatar mary carey Says:
    July 30th, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    NO our priorities are not totally backwards. The human is born cos it wanted to be.This lion had NO SAY in the matter to be killed. What type of man is this to lure the lion out. THAT IS NOT HUNTING
    What goes round comes back and i hope sooner rather than later.
    Look at the smerkie look of a murderer on those faces.

  77. Avatar surendra maurya Says:
    July 30th, 2015 at 10:23 pm

    Hunting of animals for pleasure can not be a civilized game .If these murderers really wanted to win over the lion as honorable men ,they should have faced and fought Cecil bare handed .
    This dentist has been misusing his ill earned money in act of cruelty that he calls GAME .If he has any shame and morality he should end his life the way he did with Cecil and other animals.
    Walter Palmar ! This is not a civilized way of spending US $ 55,000.0 + on your pleasure trip away from home (probably taking it for granted that your dollars can always buy any thing in Africa ). Sure, you would not dare to act this way in your own country .

  78. Avatar Michelle Downes Says:
    July 31st, 2015 at 12:03 am

    Walter Palmer is an international scourge. A despicable and profoundly cruel individual whose blood lust knows no boundaries. He is a vile human who wounded then mercilessly tracked an injured animal for 40 hours and when he found the animal, proudly pulled the trigger and shot the lion dead. When he stood over that defenceless lion he already envisioned himself as a hero. He could picture, back in America, the bragging to the ugly like minded cretins who shared his passion for killing.
    He thought he could slip back into his home country, slot back into his old killing ways, dream about cross bowing another animal and continue to live his “dream”.
    BUT, the world said NO. Walter Palmer, You must pay the price for your sick, sadistic action, you must be prosecuted, you must be jailed in the country where your crime was committed because that lion had rights and you took them away. You had no right to do that and therefore you must be punished to the fullest extent, 15 years in a Zimbabwe Jail.

  79. Avatar Christen C Says:
    July 31st, 2015 at 2:42 am

    This is so beyond sadness… I cry every time I read of this tragic event …. This world is becoming stranger by the day … People are so disconnected and anyone that can consciously go out with that intention to destroy such a beautiful majestic being like Cecil screams louder than words …. These people and I use that word very loosely are souless creatures… We were meant to walk along side the animal kingdom and be their carrers and protectors … Turns out they all need to be very wary, because there are those are not connected to their amazing vibrations and totally don’t understand that they feel emotions just as we do … It’s been proven over and over again …. I sit here today still shaking my head …. Seems Zombies come in all shapes, sizes and Professions …. Rest in peace Cecil you are now the leader of another pride ?

  80. Avatar Dana Says:
    July 31st, 2015 at 4:35 am

    This worthless piece of septic sludge, after the fact, tried (unsuccessfully, btw) to destroy Cecil’s GPS/radio collar; it’s how he was caught. While this pathetic excuse of a human being may not have known this was a lion who was being studied and belovedly famous, before he killed him, he did attempt to hide the evidence of his dastardly deed after the fact. BUT, that he KNEW he was hunting on the border of a protected area is proven by his admitted baiting of the lion, to get him OFF protected reserve land. Palmer was totally cognizant of his crime, it definitely was committed with “malice aforethought”. I pray there is a special place in hell for his kind.

    He’s a pretentious, arrogant fool (not to mention, a distinctly inferior shot with the bow) who needs to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of Zimbabwean law. And we here in the U.S. must make so-called ‘trophy’ hunting of all animals, but especially threatened and endangered species, native and foreign, banned by strictly enforced, extremely harsh laws. If we have the will, it can be done. If not now, when? Before we know it, it could well be too late to do anything.

    “If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.” ~St. Francis of Assisi

    ‘Nuf said…

  81. Avatar Barbara Paz Says:
    July 31st, 2015 at 4:41 am

    This slime bag should be left to rot in jail for the murder of Cecil.

    This is a tragedy, but it makes me think, what is the difference between killing Cecil the Lion and killing a calf or a cow or baby lamb?

    If the scum bag had kept Cecil’s body and brought it home to eat, wouldn’t it be exactly the same as eating a lamb or cow? What’s the difference between eating a lion and a lamb? Both innocent animals are held and killed against their will.

    So if you are outraged by Cecil’s death but you are not outraged by the billions of baby lamb, calves, cows, pigs, etc. murdered for food, think about it. It is hypocritical to be outraged by killing one type of animal but perfectly fine about killing another type of animal. (just because it tastes good?) I understand from Chinese, Napalese, and Koreans that dog is an amazing meat. I am outraged at the killing of dogs for meat. Again, why are they different than other sweet, innocent and feeling animals.

    If you can lead a good and healthy life without killing animals, then why do it?

  82. Avatar Shirley Says:
    July 31st, 2015 at 6:02 am

    Reprehensible behavior, Mr. Palmer. Methinks thou protest too much and remember, ignorance of the law is no excuse. Why you take such pleasure in killing magnificent lions (or any other animal, for that matter) is incomprehensible, and if you and so many others like you did not engage in such venal pursuits, beautiful Cecil would still be alive and being the great ambassador for his species that he was, because no one in Zimbabwe would be hosting these illegal hunts (all about supply and demand, eh?). I don’t believe that you didn’t know the hunt was illegal, by the way – did you have your eyes tightly shut when your hosts lured the unsuspecting animal away from the park boundaries?? All men are judged by their actions in this world; you’re going to have to live with the consequences of yours, and deservedly so.

  83. Avatar Natalia Pabon Says:
    July 31st, 2015 at 7:27 am

    He is not only coward but half-a-man indeed. Make me sick.

  84. Avatar Terry Schaeffer Says:
    July 31st, 2015 at 8:27 am

    This is terrible but the worst thing is to let him suffer for 40 hours.All we can do is pray that they get what is coming to them.

  85. Avatar Jim Gillespie Says:
    July 31st, 2015 at 10:13 am

    Somewhere, out there, there’s a village missing its idiot!

  86. Avatar Lezlie Patterson Says:
    July 31st, 2015 at 11:46 am

    The very angry side of me feels if it were a fair fight, Cecil should have mauled his ass with the largest teeth mr. dentist has ever come into contact with. Another side feels my broken heart is just too sad to express it with any known words. I wish mr dentist was not of the same species I am. I am sickened.

  87. Avatar jean matthews Says:
    August 1st, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    I am sickened by this barbaric act , i am sorry but wouldtake Pleasure in Stringing up this Dentist Moron i hope he goes Bankrupt and Rots in Hell He does not haveaBrain ,and iwonder how he becamea Dentist , i feel sorry for all his Clients
    Jean Matthews

  88. Avatar Margarita Brown Says:
    August 1st, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    dENTIST YOU stuffed up greatly
    YOU say it was the fault of the others for choosing that Lion
    BUT have you learned your lesson?
    No money can bring back THIS Lion
    But do you NOT know any LION feels pain?
    BUT if you are SORRY
    DO something about it
    CHANGE yourself
    PLEASE come over to the GOOD side!
    Don’t kill ever again
    Say why but mean it.
    Donate money to END this killing
    DO IT
    PERHAPS then some people will stop hating and despising your MISTAKE
    Yes YOUR mistake. BE Accountable!
    If one of your patients died would you have another excuse? Yes I am sure but you would.
    BE a man and BE sorry.
    Do it for the Animals not yourself
    Then ONE day you will perhaps look in the mirror and be proud.

    (pass this on if you want Great people out there, my heart bleeds for all)

  89. Avatar Debbie Says:
    August 1st, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    This low life and all those responsible should be set up in front of a bow and arrow, shot and then left to suffer a slow, miserable death!!!
    Man the lowest animal.

  90. Avatar Dianne Says:
    August 2nd, 2015 at 7:43 am

    I thought it was bad enough that he was killed. Now I read that he suffered for 40 hours. That is unbearable to hear. The people that did this deserve to suffer even longer.

  91. Avatar Melanie Says:
    August 2nd, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    #1) Here is the website for Cecil’s research foundation with a link to donate toward their cause:


    #2) Per blog #43 I kinda thought bout that sort of eye for an eye type of justice briefly myself. At least the thought of toss him into the lions den/territory to be hunted by them. Though it would be MUCH quicker of a death than what dear Cecil suffered. However, I do not wish to be brought down to his murderous monstrous level either.

    #3) Per blog #48 Absolutely spot on observation!! If you can track a lion & aim an arrow to hit a lion, you can be able to see his tracking collar! IF he was given deceptive info he has been in the hunting world long enough to KNOW better & see all the signs & techniques of poachers. Especially after his other incidences?!? No remorseful person upon discovering a tracking collar on a lion would smile for a trophy pic & hack up the poor animal for a trophy to brag about. He is a liar & its caught on film! To become a dentist requires much intelligence, no way can he play dumb. Let alone ask an elementary student or even some preschoolers if they know what a collar on an animal means. It means the animal belongs to someone! Duh!!

    #4) I can’t believe its taken this long for someone to FINALLY offer legislation banning transport of these types of animal carcasses!! They shouldn’t have to get to point on endangered species for action to be taken. There are too many selfish sick people in this world. It is very sad to think of the impoverished desperate people who are short sighted trying to feed families in unethical ways. The WildCRU org claims they are helping train locals & hire them as conservationists which is heart warming as are the many on this blog who care & want this poaching stopped.

    #5) 1st job God gave man was to bond with, observe & name animals. Man was to respect blood & protect God’s creation & use balanced self-control if he were to eat meat of certain animals. Killing lions were only mentioned when they directly threatened ones life & that was likely due to mans lack of technology to know how to deter lions at that time. I’ve yet to see 1 report that Cecil hunted a human. My prayers are towards the rescue of Cecil’s cubs if that’s possible for them & their mom to be secured away from danger. My hopes are towards God stepping in as promised in near future & restores this earth & all the imbalances back to his original intended gardenlike purpose where man/woman & beast live in peace causing no harm to each other. Also, violent men (or women) will be eliminated from earth unable to procreate & propogate their bloodthirst. Isaiah 65:25; Psalms 37:10,11 May this bring comfort to those who mourn. May Cecil live on in our hearts & minds when we teach future generations how to treat animals.

  92. Avatar Bronwyn Mackay Says:
    August 2nd, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    This dentist is an utter arsehole. His type are below civilisation standards, morons, neandarthals, unregenerate imbeciles. They believe that killing defenceless animals is ‘sport’. Sport is something entered into by two parties with both understanding all the rules and regulations. Hunting wild animals is NOT SPORT, never has been and never will be.
    God made Cecil and all animal life and He declared “They are GOOD”. He then went on to give mankind the mandate of “Be a good steward of the animals” meaning, care for and about them, provide their needs if this is required, and protect them from morons like this bloody cruel inhumane dentist! May he rot in hell.

  93. Avatar John Says:
    August 3rd, 2015 at 6:36 am

    An eye for an eye, Walter Palmer should face the same fate, He lured Cecil out of the protected area, what a MF!!! He & others should be restricted & banned from hunting everywhere. These majestic animals should be monitored more regularly from poachers. I feel the way all of you feel, no slap on the wrist, he and others should be imprisoned & lose everything & face restitution forever. Why are the fines so light? If I lived there&saw they were hunting Cecil, Lights out for them, its what they deserve.

  94. Avatar Mary West Says:
    August 4th, 2015 at 11:39 am

    I am appalled at this action and the petty excuses of these bastards.

    I would be impressed if he went one on one with the Lion, the Lion KNEW he was being HUNTED… and the Lion WON!!!!!!!

    What is with this hiding behind the legalities:

    “I hired several professionals and they secured all proper permits,” said Palmer. “To my knowledge, everything about this trip was legal and properly handled and conducted.”

    I want to know who these so called “professionals” are now.

    “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,” he said. “I relied on the expertise of my local professional guides to ensure a legal hunt.”

    Legal Hunt? WTF? How long has this been going on? I think we should find out more on this so called “legal hunt” and what animals are being “baited” to come out of their safety just for trophy hunting.

    This just makes me so pissed… I do apologize for my language but bastards like this just make my blood boil.


Dr. Andrew Jones, DVM