Important Announcement

See here for an important message regarding the community which has become a read-only site as of October 31.

 
Post Reply
Page 1 of 2  •  1 2 Next
Switch to Forum Live View US Feds and Zimbabwe Looking for Lion-Killer
2 years ago  ::  Jul 30, 2015 - 9:17PM #1
Merope
Posts: 14,591

The US Fish and Wildlife Service is investigating the death of Cecil the lion and wants to talk with the Minnesota dentist — Dr. Walter Palmer — who shot the animal in Zimbabwe.


“That investigation will take us wherever the facts lead.  At this point in time, however, multiple efforts to contact Dr. Walter Palmer have been unsuccessful.  We ask that Dr. Palmer or his representative contact us immediately.”


Prosecutors in Zimbabwe say they, too, are looking for Palmer.


Palmer attracted international outrage this week after Zimbabwean officials named him as the killer of the lion.  Palmer reportedly hired local guides to lure Cecil — who was wearing a tracking collar — out of a wildlife preserve where Palmer then shot the lion with a bow and arrow.  The lion took several hours to die and then was beheaded and skinned. 


Fish and Wildlife Service officials have said they’re “deeply concerned” about the lion’s death and offered to help the Zimbabwean government investigate the circumstances surrounding the killing. 


A White House petition to extradite Palmer quickly hit 100,000 signature this week, and the White House said today that it will review and respond to the petition, Reuters reported.  The Justice Department is ultimately responsible for deciding whether to issue an extradition order.


Palmer has said he was unaware of Cecil’s protected status when he killed the animal and that he believed he was following the law when he went on the hunt.


Theo Bronkhorst, Palmer’s guide in Zimbabwe, is facing criminal charges in Zimbabwe over the July 1 killing of the lion.


Your thoughts?


thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/24...


www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2...

Merope | Beliefnet Community Manager
Problems? Send a message to Beliefnet_community
Quick Reply
Cancel
2 years ago  ::  Jul 30, 2015 - 9:19PM #2
Merope
Posts: 14,591

Safari Club International is suspending Palmer's membership and wants a "full and thorough investigation" into the lion's death.


The club, which promotes big-game hunting worldwide, issued a statement yesterday saying memberships for Walter Palmer and his guide in Zimbabwe, Theo Bronkhorst, will be on hiatus until investigations are complete.


www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2...

Merope | Beliefnet Community Manager
Problems? Send a message to Beliefnet_community
Quick Reply
Cancel
2 years ago  ::  Jul 31, 2015 - 1:07AM #3
Merope
Posts: 14,591

The USFWS is investigating to see whether the killing of the lion was part of a conspiracy to violate US laws against illegal wildlife trading, a source close to the case said.


The service is probing the killing under the Lacey Act, which bars trading in wildlife that has been illegally killed, transported, or sold, the source said on Thursday.  The Lacey Act can be used to prosecute anyone who violates wildlife protections under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).  The African lion is protected under CITES, which requires exporters of the animal to get a permit from its home country.  The lion or its parts cannot be imported into the US unless it meets CITES requirements.


The best known lion in Zimbabwe is said to have been lured from the park with bait, shot with an arrow, tracked for 40 hours, shot dead with a rifle, and then beheaded and skinned.


Cecil was wearing a GPS collar as part of a research project run by Oxford University.


The Obama administration has made a major push to combat wildlife trafficking, issuing a national plan earlier this year to address it and cracking down on domestic trade in African elephant ivory.


With some of the strongest laws in the world to protect endangered species, the US government has attempted to prevent the slaughter of such animals internationally by targeting the multibillion-dollar market for illegal wildlife items.


In 2014, the service proposed listing the African lion as threatened under the US Endangered Species Act.  The proposal, which is being finalized, would create a permit process for importing lion trophies from countries that properly manage the species.


www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/killing-of-cec...

Merope | Beliefnet Community Manager
Problems? Send a message to Beliefnet_community
Quick Reply
Cancel
2 years ago  ::  Jul 31, 2015 - 10:11AM #4
vra
Posts: 7,467

This is not the first time he's possibly violated the law as he did so in Wisconsin by illegally shooting a black bear and was fined.  


BTW, on the news this morning they said that after shooting the lion, he asked his guides if they could take him to where he could shoot an elephant.  

Quick Reply
Cancel
2 years ago  ::  Jul 31, 2015 - 10:36AM #5
Merope
Posts: 14,591

Jul 31, 2015 -- 10:11AM, vra wrote:


This is not the first time he's possibly violated the law as he did so in Wisconsin by illegally shooting a black bear and was fined.  


BTW, on the news this morning they said that after shooting the lion, he asked his guides if they could take him to where he could shoot an elephant.  



I'm not surprised as to the former.  As a self-described experienced hunter, I think he knows very well when he's violatiing the law - in the US and anywhere else that he hunts.


As to the latter, that is just despicable IMO.

Merope | Beliefnet Community Manager
Problems? Send a message to Beliefnet_community
Quick Reply
Cancel
2 years ago  ::  Jul 31, 2015 - 11:34AM #6
Merope
Posts: 14,591

Zimbabwe is now calling for the US to extradite Palmer.


Zimbabwe has started extradition proceedings and hopes the US will cooperate, said Oppah Muchinguri, environment minister of Zimbabwe.


Walter Palmer "had a well-orchestrated agenda which would tarnish the image of Zimbabwe and further strain the relationship between Zimbabwe and the U.S.A.," Muchinguri said.  "This must be condemned in the strongest possible terms by all genuine, animal-loving conservationists who believe in sustainable utilization of natural resources."


Muchinguri also said that there was a great outcry in Zimbabwe against the killing and that nearly 500,000 people had called via Facebook for Palmer's extradition.  "We are taking this issue seriously," he said, adding that Palmer should be tried in Zimbabwe for his alleged offenses.


Contacted by CNN, the US State Department said that as a matter of policy, it doesn't comment on specific extradition requests.  "Privacy considerations prevent us from commenting further on the status of the U.S. citizen allegedly involved," State said.  "For inquiries regarding any law enforcement aspects of the case, we refer you to the Government of Zimbabwe or the Department of Justice."


The Department of Justice also declined to comment on the extradition request but confirmed that the US Fish and Wildlife Service is investigating the circumstances of the lion's death.


www.cnn.com/2015/07/31/world/zimbabwe-ce...

Merope | Beliefnet Community Manager
Problems? Send a message to Beliefnet_community
Quick Reply
Cancel
2 years ago  ::  Jul 31, 2015 - 12:11PM #7
Do_unto_others
Posts: 11,942

Thanks for keeping us up-to-date on this, Merope.

Quick Reply
Cancel
2 years ago  ::  Jul 31, 2015 - 4:24PM #8
vra
Posts: 7,467

Jul 31, 2015 -- 10:36AM, Merope wrote:


Jul 31, 2015 -- 10:11AM, vra wrote:


This is not the first time he's possibly violated the law as he did so in Wisconsin by illegally shooting a black bear and was fined.  


BTW, on the news this morning they said that after shooting the lion, he asked his guides if they could take him to where he could shoot an elephant.  



I'm not surprised as to the former.  As a self-described experienced hunter, I think he knows very well when he's violatiing the law - in the US and anywhere else that he hunts.


As to the latter, that is just despicable IMO.





+1

Quick Reply
Cancel
2 years ago  ::  Aug 01, 2015 - 10:53AM #9
Merope
Posts: 14,591

Jul 31, 2015 -- 12:11PM, Do_unto_others wrote:


Thanks for keeping us up-to-date on this, Merope.



My pleasure, DUO :-)




Merope | Beliefnet Community Manager
Problems? Send a message to Beliefnet_community
Quick Reply
Cancel
2 years ago  ::  Aug 01, 2015 - 10:58AM #10
Merope
Posts: 14,591

Time magazine and NBC are reporting that a "representative" of Palmer has contacted the US Fish and Wildlife Service.


Tthe USFWS Office of Law Enforcement said it had been voluntarily contacted by a representative of Palmer on Thursday.  Before Palmer reached out to the service on Thursday, USFWS Director Dan Ashe had urged him to contact authorities over Twitter.


No word yet on how the contact meeting worked out.


time.com/3981105/cecil-lion-walter-palme...
www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/cecil-lions...

Merope | Beliefnet Community Manager
Problems? Send a message to Beliefnet_community
Quick Reply
Cancel
Page 1 of 2  •  1 2 Next
 
    Viewing this thread :: 0 registered and 1 guest
    No registered users viewing
    Advertisement

    Beliefnet On Facebook