Zimbabwe will not charge U.S. dentist for killing Cecil the lion

Walter Palmer arrives at the River Bluff Dental clinic in Bloomington, Minnesota, September 8, 2015.  REUTERS/Eric Miller

Walter Palmer arrives at the River Bluff Dental clinic in Bloomington, Minnesota, September 8, 2015. REUTERS/Eric Miller

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Zimbabwe will not charge American dentist Walter Palmer for killing its most prized lion in July because he had obtained legal authority to conduct the hunt, a Cabinet minister said on Monday, angering conservationists.

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CECIL Act is first step toward ending trophy hunting

Cecil the Lion

Cecil the Lion

By Michael Sainato, contributor

The Conserving Ecosystems by Ceasing the Importation of Large (CECIL) Animal Trophies Act was introduced by New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez (D) on July 31. “Let’s not be cowardly lions when it comes to trophy killings,” said Menendez in a press release. “Cecil’s [a popular lion in Zimbabwe] death was a preventable tragedy that highlights the need to extend the protections of the Endangered Species Act.” The bill would discourage trophy hunting abroad by making it illegal to import parts of any species listed as threatened or endangered, but more steps through policy, advocacy and funding need to be made to ensure trophy hunting is eradicated and animals are protected.

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Cecil’s Killer; Walter Palmer, Breaks Silence and Returns to Work

US dentist challenges stories about Zimbabwean hunt and says he was ‘heartbroken’ for staff when he had to close his clinic.

Cecil

Cecil

By Mark Tran

The American dentist who killed Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe has expressed dismay at the furore that engulfed his family and staff and said he needed to return to work for his patients.

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