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Zimbabwe's 'iconic' lion Cecil killed by hunter

PostAuthor: Piling » Tue Jul 28, 2015 12:53 pm

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A hunter paid a $55,000 (£35,000) bribe to wildlife guides to kill an "iconic" lion in Zimbabwe, a conservationist has told the BBC.

Allegations that a Spaniard was behind the killing were being investigated, Johnny Rodrigues said.

The lion, named Cecil, was shot with a crossbow and rifle, before being beheaded and skinned, he added.

The 13-year-old lion was a major tourist attraction at Zimbabwe's famous Hwange National Park.

Zimbabwe, like many African countries, is battling to curb illegal hunting and poaching which threatens to make some of its wildlife extinct.

Mr Rodrigues, the head of Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force, said the use of a bow and arrow heralded a new trend aimed at avoiding arrest.

"It's more silent. If you want to do anything illegal, that's the way to do it," he told BBC's Newsday programme.
'Lion baited'

However, the lion, which had a distinctive black mane, did not die immediately and was followed for more than 40 hours before it was shot with rifle, Mr Rodrigues said.

The animal had a GPS collar for a research project by UK-based Oxford University, allowing authorities to track its movements.

Mr Rodrigues said Cecil's killing was tragic.

"He never bothered anybody. He was one of the most beautiful animals to look at."

The lion had been "baited" out of the park, a tactic which hunters used to portray their action as legal, Mr Rodrigues said.

Two guides had been arrested and if it was confirmed that the hunter was a Spaniard, "we will expose him for what he is", he added.

The six cubs of Cecil will now be killed, as a new male lion in the pride will not allow them to live in order to encourage the lionesses to mate with him.

"That's how it works... it's in the wild; it's nature taking its course," Mr Rodrigues said.


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Re: Zimbabwe's 'iconic' lion Cecil killed by hunter

PostAuthor: Anthea » Tue Jul 28, 2015 2:40 pm

Scumbag piece of SHIT

I WAS JUST READING ABOUT THE BASTARD

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Cecil the lion's killer revealed as American dentist

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This photo of Cecil is probably the most famous photo of a lion ever and has been seen by countless millions over the years

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THIS IS THE PIECE OF SHIT WHO KILLED CECIL

Telegraph shows several photos of this subhuman with assorted animals he has slaughtered

My personal opinion is that he should be locked up in an insane asylum there is obviously something not right in his brain

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Re: Zimbabwe's 'iconic' lion Cecil killed by hunter

PostAuthor: Piling » Tue Jul 28, 2015 3:16 pm

This lion was so gorgeous :sad: and rhinoceros are endangered X(

This man have really in his skull instead of brain.
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Re: Zimbabwe's 'iconic' lion Cecil killed by hunter

PostAuthor: Anthea » Wed Jul 29, 2015 6:37 am

I am delighted to inform everyone that

Walter James Palmer

is now the most hated man in the entire world

Everywhere ones looks on the internet there are photos of Cecil Mrs Cecil and the baby Cecils

How would I punish such an evil man

SIMPLE

I would tie him up and give him to Mrs Cecil and the cubs
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Re: Zimbabwe's 'iconic' lion Cecil killed by hunter

PostAuthor: Piling » Wed Jul 29, 2015 9:23 am

I hope that he will lost all of his patients ! Imagine to let butcher your teeth in the hands of a such killer :lol:
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Re: Zimbabwe's 'iconic' lion Cecil killed by hunter

PostAuthor: Anthea » Thu Jul 30, 2015 9:04 pm

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Killer of Cecil the Lion Finds Out That He Is a Target Now, of Internet Vigilantism :ymapplause:

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Two signs posted on the door of a nondescript dental office here asked passers-by to mourn the death of Cecil, a lion who was lured off his sanctuary and killed during a game hunt this month in Zimbabwe.

“WE ARE CECIL,” one read; “#CatLivesMatter,” read another. Nearby was a sign with a darker message for the dentist who said he killed the cat: “ROT IN HELL.”

In the hours since Dr. Walter J. Palmer apologized for killing the lion, he has gone from a dentist and longtime hunting enthusiast to a villain at the center of a firestorm over the ethics of big-game trophy hunting.

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Re: Zimbabwe's 'iconic' lion Cecil killed by hunter

PostAuthor: Anthea » Fri Jul 31, 2015 10:29 am

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The Death of Cecil the Lion

The death of Cecil, the black-maned lion killed by an American big-game hunter in Zimbabwe, has unleashed a global storm of Internet indignation. The hunter, Dr. Walter Palmer, a dentist from Minnesota, has been forced into hiding.

On the face of it, the reasons are not hard to discern: In an era of dwindling wildlife, proliferation of threatened species and large-scale poaching of elephants and other beasts, big-game hunting in Africa does not hold the allure it may have had in Teddy Roosevelt’s day. And Cecil was no ordinary cat.

The 13-year-old lion was a star attraction at the Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe, out of which the hunters lured him with a carcass, and he wore a collar by which scientists at the University of Oxford had been tracking him since 2008. It was wrong and, according to the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force, illegal to kill Cecil. Dr. Palmer, who reportedly paid more than $50,000 for the hunt, said he relied on local guides and did not know it was an illegal hunt. An official at the United States Fish and Wildlife Service said the agency is also investigating the case.

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Re: Zimbabwe's 'iconic' lion Cecil killed by hunter

PostAuthor: Anthea » Fri Jul 31, 2015 10:34 am

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Zimbabwe 'seeks lion Cecil's killer' Walter Palmer from US :ymapplause:

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The US dentist who killed a lion in Zimbabwe should be extradited to face charges, Zimbabwe's Environment Minister Oppah Muchinguri has said.

Walter Palmer's extradition was being sought so that he could "be held accountable for his illegal action," she said.

Mr Palmer, from Minnesota, is believed to have paid about $50,000 (£32,000) to hunt the lion, known as Cecil.

He says he thought the hunt was legal and was unaware Cecil was protected.(LYING SHIT)

At a news conference in the capital, Harare, Ms Muchinguri referred to Mr Palmer, who has faced a huge internet backlash over the killing, as a "foreign poacher".

Two Zimbabwean men have been implicated in the death of the lion.

A professional hunter has been charged with failing to prevent an illegal hunt - which he denies - and prosecutors are deciding on the exact charges the landowner should face.

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Cecil the lion R I P

A major tourist attraction in Hwange National Park - Zimbabwe's largest game reserve
The 13-year-old animal was renowned for being friendly towards visitors
Recognisable because of his large size and distinctive black mane
Led two prides containing six lionesses and 12 cubs along with another lion, Jericho
Was being monitored as part of an Oxford University study into lion conservation
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Re: Zimbabwe's 'iconic' lion Cecil killed by hunter

PostAuthor: Anthea » Fri Jul 31, 2015 10:43 am

Cecil the lion’s brother ‘is protecting cubs’ against rival killer

The lion cubs fathered by Cecil, the now famous big cat shot dead in Zimbabwe, are being protected by his brother from other dominant lions, according to researchers at Oxford University.

Cecil was killed on July 1 by American dentist Walter Palmer, who has since gone into hiding amid international outrage at the death of the lion.

Cecil was lured out of Hwange National Park boundaries, shot by a bow and arrow and took 40 hours to die.

Theo Bronkhorst, the professional Zimbabwean hunter who organised the hunt has been charged in Zimbabwe with “failing to prevent an illegal hunt.”

The US Fish and Wildlife Service has also opened a probe into the hunt.

“We’re investigating the killing of #CecilTheLion. Will go where facts lead. We ask Dr. Palmer or his rep to contact USFWS immediately,” the agency said on Twitter.

After Cecil’s death, Zimbabwe conservationists warned that his cubs would be killed by the next lion in the hierarchy. The Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force said it expected that lion, named Jericho, would take on Cecil’s pride of lions and kill his cubs so he could inject his own bloodline into the females.

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But Oxford University’s Wildlife Conservation Unit (WildCRU), which had been tracking Cecil, reassured a concerned public that the cubs were, so far, safe, as the lion’s brother was “holding the fort”.

“As you probably know, the natural law in lion society is that when a male dies and his weakened coalition is usurped, the new incoming males kill their predecessors’ cubs. This may not happen because Cecil’s brother is still holding the fort,” said project leader David Macdonald.

WildCRU also revealed that it had received £230,000 in donations as a result of the global outrage caused by the death of the black maned lion, who had been named after Cecil Rhodes, the British imperialist who founded Rhodesia.

WildCRU had fitted Cecil with a GPS collar as part of a conservation study to understand the lives of lions in the wild.

A large proportion of the donations followed an appeal from US chat show host Jimmy Kimmel, who had broken down on air telling viewers the lion should not be allowed to die in vain.

“WildCRU has been overwhelmed by the level of donations received since the death of Cecil. So far more than £230,000 has been raised, enough to fund the research for at least 18 months, and gifts are continuing to come in,” a university spokesman said.

Mr Palmer, 55, is thought to have paid $50,000 for a big game safari in Hwange national park. He has since apologised for killing Cecil, and said he had no idea of the lion’s identity until after his death.

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He has also closed his River Bluff dental clinic in Minnesota, telling patients it is; “For reasons that have nothing to do with my profession or the care I provide for you”.

He added: “The media interest in this matter — 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 our business and our ability to see our patients.”

Soon after news of Cecil’s killing emerged, a sign reading “Rot in Hell” was plastered on the office door and piles of toys including stuffed lions and tigers were left at the door.

A Minnesota congresswoman has joined calls to investigate the dentist, a seasoned hunter with a poaching conviction over the 2008 killing of a black bear in the United States.

“To bait and kill a threatened animal, like this African lion, for sport cannot be called hunting, but rather a disgraceful display of callous cruelty,” Betty McCollum said on Wednesday. She urged the US Attorney’s Office and the USFWS to “investigate whether US laws were violated related to conspiracy, bribery of foreign officials, and the illegal hunting of a protected species or animal.”

Meanwhile, Safari Club International, an international hunting organisation that Palmer belonged to, said it also supported a probe and that it had revoked his membership.

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Re: Zimbabwe's 'iconic' lion Cecil killed by hunter

PostAuthor: Anthea » Fri Jul 31, 2015 7:13 pm

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Cecil the lion: Zimbabwe requests extradition of US dentist Walter Palmer over killing

Country's environment minister says Dr Palmer was a "foreign poacher" who wanted to tarnish Zimbabwe's image by killing its "iconic" lion

Zimbabwe has called for US dentist who shot Cecil the lion dead during a hunting trip to be extradited back to Africa to face poaching charges, which could carry a lengthy prison sentence.

The move came as it emerged that Dr Walter Palmer could also face a potential five year jail term in the United States and a $20,000 fine for breaching the Lacey Act, which enforces the legal protection for endangered species across the world.

Oppah Muchinguri, the Zimbabwean environment minister, said Dr Palmer was a “foreign poacher” who had financed an illegal hunt of Cecil, an “iconic attraction” in the country’s famed Hwange National Park.

She also suggested that Dr Palmer had the additional motive of wanting to tarnish Zimbabwe’s image, and said the country’s prosecutor general had initiated the extradition request.

"The illegal killing was deliberate," she told a news conference. "We are appealing to the responsible authorities for his extradition to Zimbabwe so that he can be held accountable for his illegal actions."

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Re: Zimbabwe's 'iconic' lion Cecil killed by hunter

PostAuthor: Anthea » Fri Jul 31, 2015 7:25 pm

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Tragic final pictures of Cecil emerge as Zimbabwe says it WILL seek killer's extradition :ymapplause:

THESE are the haunting last images of 'Cecil' the lion before he was brutally slaughtered by an American dentist

R I P Cecil

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Re: Zimbabwe's 'iconic' lion Cecil killed by hunter

PostAuthor: Anthea » Sat Aug 01, 2015 9:36 am

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U.S. Lawmakers Draft ‘CECIL Act’ to Curb Trophy Hunters

It's named for Cecil the lion

U.S. lawmakers joined the chorus of outrage over the killing of Cecil the lion on Friday, announcing a bill that would stop people from importing “trophies” gleaned from hunting potentially endangered animals.

The bill, Conserving Ecosystems by Ceasing the Importation of Large (CECIL) Animal Trophies Act, would make it illegal for trophy hunters to bring back parts of any species proposed or listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act of 1973.

“Let’s not be cowardly lions when it comes to trophy killings,” Senator Bob Menendez said in a public statement, adding that the legislation is “a necessary and prudent step that creates a disincentive for these senseless trophy killings and advances our commitment in leading the fight to combat global wildlife trafficking.”

The bill is co-sponsored by Senators Cory Booker, Richard Blumenthal and Ben Cardin.

The proposed legislation comes after an outpouring of rage against a Minnesota dentist who paid $55,000 to slay the lion during a hunting excursion in Zimbabwe. African lions are not considered endangered species, but last year the United States Fish and Wildlife Service proposed placing them on a list of threatened animals.

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