Walter James Palmer has found himself on the run after being outed as the Minnesota dentist who callously hunted down iconic Zimbabwe Cecil the lion.
Since been outed the man’s presence has yet to be revealed, presumably as the well to do dentist mulls his options as the internet has taken umbrage with the North Dakota native.
With news that the police is now looking for Palmer, pundits have taken to the dentist’s Facebook page where there has been no shortage of outrage expressed at the man.
As of 12 hours ago there had been just on 5700 signatures, but this afternoon, that number has risen to 41 000 and swiftly moving up.
Wrote one outraged reviewer: ‘Ethics are everything in dentistry as in all medical fields, and this man has no ethics. Even dentists are supposed to uphold the Hippocratic oath: first, do no harm.
Palmer is a disgusting human being who paid 55,000 to poachers to lure a lion out of his protected area, shot him with a bow & arrow, and then returned hours later to finish him off. Cecil the lion’s tracking collar was still functional, so this sick individual skinned him and left him to rot.
This once proud, beautiful lion was destroyed because of this man’s idea of sport. That’s not sport, that’s disgusting. Think before you spend your money with someone who does this. The man has a prior conviction for poaching in Wisconsin. Now he’s off killing in Africa. Would you trust someone who has no ethics, who is willing to spend big money on illegal activities, and who knowingly hurts an innocent creature? Beware!’
Since been outed, Palmer has also said that ‘some things are being misreported’ and that he will make a statement later. When and where is not necessarily understood as Palmer issued an earlier statement via a spokesperson via the guardian :
‘As far as I understand, Walter believes that he might have shot that lion that has been referred to as Cecil,’ the spokesman said.
‘What he’ll tell you is that he had the proper legal permits and he had hired several professional guides, so he’s not denying that he may be the person who shot this lion. He is a big-game hunter; he hunts the world over.’
The charity Lion Aid says on its website that it will be difficult to prosecute the person who paid for the hunt (Palmer) because the client did what the professional hunter tells him to do.
‘A client usually has no idea about the laws and regulations of the country he is hunting in – he just buys a safari and then places himself in the hands of his professional hunter guide. Finding the client could be interesting to let him tell his side of the story, but in terms of legal prosecution this person is hardly important.’
Palmer’s dental practice, where he specializes in dazzling smiles that ‘complement each individual’s tooth structure, skin tone, and facial attributes,’ was unexpectedly closed this morning. Here are a sample of thoughts currently making their way round on the web, see what you think?
— Paul Blume (@PaulBlume_FOX9) July 28, 2015