Cecil The Lion: Stars Slam American Dentist Walter Palmer For Hunting And Killing Famous Animal In Zimbabwe
Cecil the Lion, the most famous animal in Zimbabwe, was killed on July 1 by an hunter who has now been revealed to be an American named Walter James Palmer. Many stars took to Twitter on Tuesday to slam Palmer for shooting and killing Africa’s beloved creature.
Palmer, a dentist from Minnesota, is believed to have paid $50,000 for the opportunity to hunt the lion. Armed with a crossbow and rifle, Palmer shot down Cecil in Hwange National Park in early July, and later skinned and beheaded the carcass. The Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force has confirmed Palmer to be responsible, along with two Zimbabwean men who now face poaching charges because they did not have a hunting permit.
If found guilty of illegal hunting, those men could be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison. Palmer may also face charges; however, it’s unclear if he’s already back in the United States. The killers are said to have lured the 13-year-old lion out of the park after visiting hours. The hunters then shot Cecil with arrows, but the lion managed to get away, before being found weakened and injured 40 hours later, at which he point he was shot to death.
In light of these tragic events, celebrity activists are tweeting in defense of animal rights and speaking out against hunting for sport. “Ohh the dentist ‘had no idea’ the lion was famous. Because had he known, he would never have murdered it without asking for a selfie first,” wrote Olivia Wilde sarcastically. Ricky Gervais posted, “It’s not for food. It’s not the shooting, or tin cans would do. It must just be the thrill of killing. Mental.” He also shared the above photo, saying, “RIP #CecilTheLion I’m struggling to imagine anything more beautiful than this.” And Debra Messing tweeted, “SHAME ON HIM! I want them to take his citizenship away. I’m ashamed and horrified by what he did.
Lisa Vanderpump said, “Walter Palmer…A dentist from Minnesota, has a penchant for killing these beautiful creatures. Apparently he creates beautiful smiles.” She added, “Apparently on his website he enjoys photographing wild life…With a f*cking bow and arrow? He has a dead leopard in his arms too.” ESPN’s Michelle Beadle wrote, “What a pathetic moron. I’d rather have cavities.
“This a**hole. Why would anyone want to kill a lion for fun? What is wrong with people?” asked Alyssa Milano. Cara Delevingne tweeted, “This #WalterPalmer is a poor excuse of a human being!” And Sharon Osbourne posted, “#WalterPalmer is Satan. I don’t know how anyone could go to this man for dental services after this. He is a killer. Beware!”
Piers Morgan may have been the most enraged, writing on Twitter, “I’d love to go hunting for killer dentist Dr Walter Palmer, so I can stuff mount him for MY office wall.” Gossip Cop will continue to update as more celebrities weigh in on the killing of Cecil the Lion. Tell us what you think below.