US dentist who killed Cecil the lion set to return to work

8 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Minnesota: Hunter Returning to Dental Practice.

American dentist Walter Palmer, the brutal killer of Cecil the lion, has opened up on his hunting for the first time ever since he has killed the beloved lion. Claiming that he had no idea that he was stalking a famous animal, Palmer said, “If I had know this lion had a name and was important to the country or a study obviously I wouldn’t have taken it,” reports TMZ.Com.

In his first interview since sparking international outrage over the killing of the black-maned lion, Walter Palmer told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that he would be back at his dentistry practice on Tuesday. Walter Palmer also expressed agitation at the animosity directed at those close to him and said he will returning to work today at his Minneapolis dental practice. The skilled trophy hunter said that he and the others in his party had no clue that the lion they were hunting was the revered feline that has been a well-known attraction at the Hwange National Park, according to the paper.

The head of Zimbabwes safari association said the killing was unethical and that it couldnt even be classified as a hunt, since the lion killed by an American dentist was lured into the kill zone. He disputed conservationists’ accounts that the wounded lion then wandered for 40 hours and was finished off with a gun, saying it was tracked down the next day and killed with an arrow. Andy Loveridge/Wildlife Conservation Research Unit via AP JOHANNESBURG, South Africa—South African animal rights group the NSPCA on Monday said it has obtained a warrant in its attempt to stop a week-long large game hunt that could see hundreds of animals die.

Palmer declined to say whether he would abide by any request to return to Zimbabwe over legal allegations, and an attorney present for the interview added that there had been ‘no official allegations that he’s done anything wrong.’ Zimbabwe has asked the United States to extradite Palmer to face charges over the hunt. Game such as gemsbuck, wildebeest, warthogs, and impalas have already been killed in the hunt, the group said, which is set to take place on a private reserve in the Limpopo region. Palmer’s adviser, Joe Friedberg, a Minneapolis lawyer, said he has heard nothing from authorities about domestic or international investigations since early August. Critics say the method of killing, which involves tracking the beasts then driving them toward hunters waiting on special platforms, though legal is cruel as animals are often only wounded and then left to die a slow and painful death. Palmer said the ordeal had been particularly difficult for his wife and daughter, who had been threatened on social media. ‘I don’t understand that level of humanity to come after people not involved at all,’ he said in the article.

Cecil had been wearing a tracking collar as part of an Oxford University research project, but Palmer said he had been unable to see the device in the night and under the animal’s mane, adding that it was not illegal to kill lions with collars. Palmer’s guide on the expedition, Zimbabwean Theo Bronkhorst, and Honest Ndlovu, the owner of the land where Cecil was killed, have been charged over the matter in Zimbabwe, where officials allege that they lured the lion out of the park.

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