I have been reluctant to write this piece. He’s the Minnesota dentist who killed the lion which is now revered as a martyr for anti-hunting causes. First, don’t react with emotion, react with facts. “I deeply regret that my pursuit of an activity I love and practice responsibly and legally resulted in the taking of this lion”, he said. Zimbabwe. We arrive at the hwange national park.
The members of the group, including Palmer, agreed that if any authorities were to ask where the bear had been killed, they would say it had been killed off Taylor Lake Road south of Minong, a location in Subzone A1. Indications are they will be dealt with appropriately. Should he be put in jail, his dentist license taken away and or should he never be allowed to hunt ever again?
But the guides refused and in 2008 Palmer pleaded guilty to making false statements about the black bear. He’s reportedly under investigation for allegations of conspiracy to violate the Lacey Act. He was placed on 1 year probation. Another shows the guides with the skinned beast’s hide.
Along with honoring this lion, the goal of the event Saturday was to make a statement against trophy hunting. I’m skeptical of whether the reporting has been honest and fair.
The firm describes how it hunts the big cats in the mountain areas of Limpopo, South Africa “typically over bait, and sometimes with spotlight searching for Leopard coming down from the mountains searching for prey”. Many well meaning folks become blinded by rage which is fueled by misinformation. He was forced to shutdown.
President of the Born Free Foundation, Will Travers OBE, has publicly called on the hunters to lay down their weapons of mass destruction. As one friend emailed: “Trophy hunting is indefensible. They could hurt you seriously very quickly”.
Consider the impact of those hunts. Obviously it’s a type of hunting reserved only for the most privileged elite and not representative of all those Joe six-pack hunters who stalk our Pennsylvania woodlots in quest of a freezer full of venison.
A spokesman for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said: “Properly managed, legal and sustainable trophy hunting plays a part in species conservation efforts, including providing an important source of funding for some countries”.
According to the New York Times, he’s killed just about everything, including a polar bear.
After the outline of the lion was created with long strips of plastic, John Q. positioned the crowd along the top of the lion in a formation that read “Protect” when viewed from a drone and two helicopters hovering above.
According to ABC’s “20/20”, Walter Palmer had a permit for bear hunting in one county, but not in the one where he ended up actually shooting the animal.
He accused his African guides of misleading him.
We don’t have a surplus of lions, tigers, leopards, elephants, giraffes and similar big game animals bothering us anymore. Songorwa wrote. “Many of these visitors only take pictures”. Safari global even suspended Palmer’s membership until all of the facts in the case come out.
■ Wikipedia: “The primary motivation (of trophy hunting) is to seek the oldest, and most mature animal from a given population, which is typically a male with the largest body size or largest antlers or horns”.