Help Reduce the Hunting Of African Lions
Some of the other animals the American Walter Palmer has killed. We have to stop this horrific killing of animals. pic.twitter.com/KbBKEKzLqT
— Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) July 29, 2015
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.
Ohh the dentist "had no idea" the lion was famous. Because had he known, he would never have murdered it without asking for a selfie first.
— olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) July 28, 2015
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.
— Independent Voices (@IndyVoices) July 29, 2015
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.
Then share with your friends so we can protect these animals!
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