He had wanted to shoot an elephant, but couldn’t find one large enough to satisfy his blood lust. Walter James Palmer didn’t let that stop him though, making do with the consolation of firing arrows into a lion named Cecil, who had previously been a popular member of a Zimbabwean national park.
Kureen sources have discovered that Palmer, a dentist from Minnesota, paid somewhere between $55,000 and $70,000 to shoot the large cat, who had become notorious for his affable nature and relish of human contact.
In an attempt to sidestep the law, Dr. Palmer hurried through some seriously sketchy hunting permits in exchange for the sizeable outlay upon arrival in Africa, securing the services of a team of trained hunters who agreed to lure the animal half a mile from the park using bait, initially wounding it and returning a day later to finish the job during a pursuit that lasted for around 40 hours.
Palmer pleaded ignorance when questioned on the subject of his unlawful killing during an interview with a Colorado based news agency;
“In early July, I was in Zimbabwe on a bow hunting trip for big game. I hired several professional guides and they secured all proper permits. To my knowledge, everything about this trip was legal and properly 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.
“I relied on the expertise of my local professional guides to ensure a legal hunt.”
Palmer and co. contravened park regulations on at least two counts; animals cannot be killed within a five mile radius of the park and may not have their collar (usually fitted with a microchip) removed – The hunters had removed his collar to prevent tracking of their cherished game.
Below are some images of Palmer’s previous handy work.
Government approved groups are allowed a limited number of permits each year to hunt individual species, but in certain impoverished nations, where more value is often placed upon monetary gain than the lives of sentient beings, the system is regularly duped.
The reason why bow and arrow killings are so appealing to hunt enthusiasts is two-fold; the stealth of the method allows for less detection, and the arrows themselves are more difficult to trace than a bullet, even then it is difficult to determine that the person in possession of the bow in fact shot the offending arrow.
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Of course Palmer is not alone here. In one high-profile case earlier this year, a woman named Rebecca Francis uploaded pictures of herself laying next to a dead bull giraffe that she had killed, with her smug conceit and Twitter assertion that she was “grateful to be part of something so good” antagonising a host of social media spectators.
One of those was comedian Ricky Gervais who Tweeted: “What must’ve happened to you in a previous life to make you want to kill a beautiful animal & then lie there next to it smiling?”
Francis, like Palmer, pleads her innocence, claiming that the animal was close to death, with the flesh subsequently used to nourish starving locals, and the bones utilised for art work.
Noble indeed, although a series of latterly published photos involving the same woman beaming in the vicinity of various other trophy kills is incongruent with such philanthropic assertions.
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