After staying out of sight for over a month, Walter Palmer, the dentist who killed Cecil the lion said he will return to work today. Not surprisingly, all the protests and threats aimed at him over this incident have caused him great distress.
However, Palmer still believes he acted legally and was stunned to find out he’d killed a treasured animal in Zimbabwe. In an interview Sunday evening conducted jointly by The Associated Press and the Minneapolis Star Tribune that advisers said would be the only one granted, Palmer said, “If I had known this lion had a name and was important to the country or a study obviously I wouldn’t have taken it. Nobody in our hunting party knew before or after the name of this lion.”
Cecil was a fixture in the vast Hwange National Park and had been fitted with a GPS collar as part of Oxford University lion research. Palmer said he shot the big cat with the black mane using an arrow from his compound bow outside the park’s borders but it didn’t die immediately. He disputed conservationist accounts that the wounded lion wandered for 40 hours and was finished off with a gun, saying it was tracked down the next day and killed with an arrow.
Palmer will be dealing with this for a while yet. He is still facing extradition, but no steps are formally being taken to make that happen. Yet, when I look at this story and how the Hollywood left has spun it, it sickens me.
Let’s just say for argument’s sake that Palmer knew what he was doing. How does that line up with Planned Parenthood knowingly selling baby parts for profit?
How far have we sunk in this country where an animal holds more apparent value than a human life? Does Palmer, who was hunting a wild animal deserve more backlash than a killer of babies? I mean Palmer didn’t sell the head, the coat, or the body parts of Cecil.