Jimmy Kimmel & The Humane Society Enraged By Dentist Who Killed ‘Cecil’ the Lion

Jul 29, 2015 at 6:20 pm |

Help Reduce the Hunting Of African Lions

So how does it feel to be ‘America’s most hated man’, Walter Palmer?

The “jackhole” dentist from Minnesota that hunted and killed one of Zimbabwe’s most popular lions, named Cecil, has been attacked by a growing list of celebrities including Jimmy Kimmel (in a heartfelt appeal on his show), Olivia Wilde, Lena Headey, and Ricky Gervais. Of course, the rest of the internet and America are outraged as well.

Jimmy Kimmel recaps the story pretty well in the below clip, explaining how Palmer, dentist/hunting enthusiast, paid $55,000 to some “professionals” within the country in order to have the opportunity to track, hunt and kill the lion. But it turns out the lion, who lived in a Zimbabwean national park, was actually tagged with a GPS for a scientific study involving Oxford University. Whoops!

“Is it that difficult for you to get an erection that you need to kill things?” Kimmel poked very seriously.

He then streams across the screen a series of images showing Palmer with several other animals he has eviscerated in the past including another lion, a leopard, a rhino, and a bear (for which he was convicted for lying on the whereabouts he had killed the animal.)

“He killed like half of Noah’s Ark,” quips Kimmel.

Kimmel ends the segment by calling for donations for the conservation group that had tagged Cecil in the first place, and almost loses his composure due as a result of being so upset by the subject.

In an effort to turn the social rage directed at Palmer into something more positive and productive, The Humane Society has penned a petition to help list the African lion as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act, which would “regulate the import of lion trophies and lion parts,” helping to far reduce the number of lions being hunted in the country.


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