The death of #CecilTheLion sparks an international outcry.

Cecil the Lion’s killing has outraged the people around the world and various celebrities are speaking out to show their disgust at Walter J. Palmer, the alleged killer. Palmer, a dentist from Minnesota reportedly paid $50,000 to kill the iconic lion in Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe.

SOURCE:  Bryan Orford/Screengrab from Hollywood Reporter
SOURCE: Bryan Orford/Screengrab from Hollywood Reporter

Cecil, the 13 year old lion become one of Africa’s most famous lions. He was lured out of Zimbabwe’s biggest national park then shot with a bow and arrow by a tourist, who at first was thought to be Spanish. After only wounding the aninal, the hunter who has been identified as Walter Palmer, then spent two days tracking the animal before before shooting it. Palmer then skinned the Cecil, took the head and left the body behind.

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Unfortunately for them, the researches at Oxford who were tracking Cecil managed to trace the signal and find the carcass. Local authorities have found the hunters who claimed to have realised too late that they shot an animal with GPS.

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Palmer, who’s been in hiding, emailed a statement to the media saying,

“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 handled and conducted.”

“I had no idea that the lion I took was a known, local favorite, 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.”

Outraged and disgusted by the dentist’s hobby, celebrities have taken to social media to speak out against his actions. See below:

https://twitter.com/markhoppus/status/626152278794366976

https://twitter.com/DamienFahey/status/626127419997425664

https://www.facebook.com/official.mayim.bialik/posts/10155864872270008

https://youtu.be/_LzXpE1mjqA

Thousands have signed a petition demanding justice for Cecil. The petition which was launched by user Ruth McD on the Petition Site on July 23rd (Thursday), targets Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe and calls on the country to stop issuing hunting permits that allow tourists to kill endangered animals.

via The Guardian, Billboard and Mashable

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