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Walter Palmer dentist: ‘I regret killing Cecil but it’s not my fault’

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Has Walter Palmer gone far enough in his apology and what legal consequences if any will he now face?

Dr Walter Palmer the Minnesota dentist who killed famous African lion in Zimbabwe, Cecil, has Tuesday afternoon issued a statement claiming that he regrets having killed Cecil the lion whilst adamantly denying that the lion’s death was his fault. Instead the River Bluff Dental practitioner has blamed guides for ‘misleading him.’

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In an effort to deflect the onslaught of blame against him, Walter James Palmer who until now had remained tight lipped, released the following statement

‘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.’

The statement comes as Zimbabwean police have reportedly told that they were ‘looking for Palmer,’ an assertion the dentist has negated, insisting he has not been contacted by any authorities there or in the U.S. about the death of the lion.

Furthermore Palmer indicated he will ‘assist them in any inquiries’ should they get in contact.

Why the dentist declined to get in contact or let authorities initially know that he had been the hunter who took down the animal is not necessarily understood.

Reiterated the much loathed dentist, who has since being outed have received wide condemnation:

‘I deeply regret that my pursuit of an activity I love and practice responsibly and legally resulted in the taking of this lion.’

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Walter Palmer with a former lion kill. Not Cecil the lion.

An apology which is likely to get him nowhere with the thousands online who have targeted his business with negative reviews, with some users even publishing his home address and expressing that the dentist meets a similar fate as the lion.

About the hunt

Palmer lured the lion out of Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe on the night of July 1 before shooting him with a bow and arrow. The lion wasn’t killed. More than 40 hours later, professional hunter, Theo Bronkhorst found the suffering animal and finished him off with a rifle, before beheading and skinning its carcass for Palmer to bring home as a trophy.

It was confiscated by Zimbabwean authorities as evidence.

Since his arrest,Theo Bronkhorst said via the telegraph: It was a magnificent, mature lion. We did not know it was well-known lion. I had a license for my client to shoot a lion with a bow and arrow in the area where it was shot.’

Both Bronkhorst and the landowner, Honest Ndlovu who hosted the hunt will face a judge on Aug. 6.

Zimbabwe National Parks, in a statement, said ‘both the professional hunter and land owner had no permit or quota to justify the offtake of the lion and therefore are liable for the illegal hunt.’

It is unclear what, if any, charges Palmer could face. Still, nearly 60,000 (up from a mere 5700 signatures at midnight EST last night) have signed a petition addressed to Robert Mugabe, President of Zimbabwe, demanding ‘justice’ for Cecil the lion by ending the practice of issuing such hunting permits.

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Cecil the lion.

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  • Jean Baptiste Grappelli

    Walter Palmer just kill yourself, and the other impotent millionaires so called “sports hunters”, please do the same and hang yourselves for the good of the planet, pieces of the most stinky shit…

  • Eileen Farner Beyer

    Please………Lisa Cox……no caps!

  • Eileen Farner Beyer

    It is definitely his fault….don’t tell me he couldn’t see a gps collar…what a creep!

  • Jus’me

    What he did was definitely wrong in all definitions of the word, but the overacting of all the degrees of the “herd mentality” that all these people are displaying and all the aggressive, chaotic crowd hysteria only describes humans acting like wild animals that turn violent, that… is just as wrong.
    He should be punished but not in this manner… the mob mentality is getting out of hand. What does this teach our children that it’s not okay to shoot animals but it is okay to treat a human like he is an animal. let the authorities handle the situation

  • Nomad

    Nonsense, Shari. He ought to find a rock and beat himself in the head repeatedly, with it ; }

  • Nomad

    Lost your business you spent a lifetime to build, have forever shamed yourself and your family, 15 years in a Zimbabwe prison staring at you, rich American?, oh, yea, you’ll be treated like a prison wife. It’s enough to make some men put the steel tip of one of their crossbow darts in their mouth and pfffft.

  • Erin

    Big game hunting is for pathetic individuals who get their kicks from killing. They pay big money, hire guides to haul their asses around, and use the guides to help them cheat to get their prey. It goes on everywhere—Africa, U.S.– always people around who want to kill something. God forbid, they take the tens of thousands they spend to kill something, and actually do something good for the world instead. They make me sick.

  • eboniteprince

    I eat meat. I don’t however, eat lion meat, idiot!

  • eboniteprince

    You stupid, arrogant POS. You deserve to have your a$$whole cut out!

  • Mahlon Williams

    Suck my meat

  • Shari Larsen

    are you an idiot too? no one on here eats LION meat and this POS didn’t either! Don’t even try to change the subject about consumption of meat with regards to this MURDER of a LION!

  • Shari Larsen

    NOT YOUR FAULT you POS – you took photos you were proud of what you did you POS you just don’t like the consequences – you went there to kill a lion NO lion should be killed like that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! your apology is NOTHING you are not accepting responsibility I hope you pay the rest of your life for what you have done! You could have fixed teeth in other countries with that $50K instead you killed an innocent creature – you are not fit for society! Find a rock and crawl under it!

  • Deborah Jordan

    The only regret he has is that he has been caught! Please sign petitions for justice for Cecil! There is something really wrong with someone who kills for pleasure!

  • Ja

    Does any one on here eat meat? If so, please keep your silence

  • Wrathette

    Not only is he sadistic, but he is also delusional. He shot the lion with a crossbow after the lion was lured from the safety of his refuge. Then the want-to-be “real man” wounded the lion instead of killing him outright, so Cecil suffered for 40 hours with a bow shot into him. How is that not the fault of that weak-ass killer? I think some hunters should get together and do to him what he did to Cecil.

  • Shery

    I heard this isn’t the first animal he killed illegally. I hope all his patients leave him.

  • Benjamin Bavelaar

    You’re a coward. Tie yourself to the back of a vehicle as bait and be the hunted. Do the world a favor scumbag.

  • Margaret Olivia Coombe

    You shot the arrow – its your fault. Too little research and checking.

    Its a weird strange pleasure- killing such a magnificent animal!!!!

    Hang your head in shame

  • Epicurus

    This isn’t the America we all know if someone doesn’t kill him.

  • Matthew Mcpherson

    This is not a nice guy. His money and PR firm is not going to help him this time. Enjoy the karma. Check out link. Dark triad personality types never think they are wrong.

    https://scallywagandvagabond.com/2015/07/walter-palmer-sexual-harassment-suit-127k/

  • Dita James

    He knew it was illegal alright, all part of the ‘fun’. He describes his killing as ‘a hobby he loves’ He ‘loves’ torturing animals? OMG!
    PSYCHOPATHIC CREEP. The world does not need monsters like this.

  • Lisa Cox

    YOU DISGUSTING FUCKING SHIT-YOU DELIBERATLEY SHOT A PROTECTIVE LION ON A NATIONAL PARK SANCTUARY. CAN YOU NOT READ. GOD MADE THESE WONDERFUL ANIMALS BEFORE YOU WERE EVEN BORN, AND ALL THE OTHER ANIMALS THAT YOU HAVE KILLED FOR SPORT AND A FUCKING TROPHY, WHY? WHAT DID THESE BEAUTIFUL ANIMALS EVER DO TO YOU? NOTHING! AND I CANNOT EVEN BELIEVE THAT YOUR WIFE WAS ALL FOR IT TO. BUT IF SHE WAS NOT INVOLVED SHE SHOULD HAVE DONE SOMETHING ABOUT IT.CECIL HAD A CUBS, JUST LIKE YOU HAVE CHILDREN.CECIL’S CUBS WILL PROBABLY BE KILLED FROM THE NEXT MALE LION JERICHO, WHO WILL TRY TO TAKE OVEER THE PRIDE THAT CECIL WAS PROTECTING. SO YOUR PUNISHMENT SHOULD BE= TAKE YOU BACK TO ZIMBABWE WITH KNOW MEANS OF PROTECTION, AND GET MAULED BY CECIL’S SURVIVING PRIDE, I AM ALMOST SURE THAT SOME OF CECIL’S FEMALES SAW WHAT YOU DID. MR. PALMER DID YOU KNOW THAT LIONS NEVER FORGET? AND I I SINCERELY HOPE THAT SOMEONE PUNISHES YOU SEVERLY FOR YOUR CRIMES. I HATE ANYONE THAT KILLS AN ANIMAL FOR SPORT.MAYBE SOMEONE SHOULD SHOOT YOU WITH A BOW AND ARROW, JUST LIKED YOU KILLED CECIL.AND THEN TAKE YOU BACK HOME AND SKIN YOU AND PLACE YOUR HAED ON A MANTLE.

  • bigjulie

    This poor stupid bastard is mentally sick! He needs to be put to rest or trapped and closely watched for the rest of his life…in a cage!

  • marko56

    HE looks like a german bastard..Cut off his nuts and let him bleed out..

  • Dawne Elaine Scott

    go fuck yourself. I hope your life is ruined you tiny penis asshole!

  • Etrub

    We will find you, your family and your patients who paid for this murder!!!!!!!

  • Liz McLeod

    You sir are so full of BULLSHIT… blame others when it is your finger that crossbow and trigger. I hope the hell this haunts you forever, I hope Karma gets you, and throws you to the lions!!! Bet you taste like SHIT too. Subspecies lowlife is what you are..

  • eileen

    Not your fault? How? You shot and tortured a beautiful being that did nothing at all to you! Want to hunt? Leave the weapons at home and level the playing ground you spineless piece of garbage. You are a bit old to be in the “Its not my fault” generation.

  • Steve Roberts

    Never understood how killing game with weapons makes them feel accomplished. Take him on head to head scumbag.

  • Benny Brigman

    We’ve all read about your “hunt”. You are a coward.

  • jan

    Oh, and what a pathetic thing to say..that it was not your fault! You are also a coward! Guess someone put the rifle in your hands and made you pull the trigger.

  • jan

    Did it make a ‘man’ out of you to kill this lion and all the other animals you killed in the past????? You are a jerk! The people who earn their living as professional guides in this death business are also jerks! I would love to meet you face to face so I can tell you what I really think of you.

  • Mary

    Clearly he has self esteem issues. He has to be a “man” and kill and innocent beautiful creature to feel good about himself. Sadly, I am sure there are idiots out there that agree with him, that he has a right to hunt! I wont even bother reading the rest of the comments to prove my theory. So sad.

  • lee

    How they hell is not your fault. You were there to kill something and opportunity knocked. Vile human with too much money and no balls!

  • Maria Vezza Wroblewski

    No reason to kill these animals for sport. You should lose patients. I would never want someone like you working on my teeth. My dentist goes to Haiti and the Dominican Republic to work on the teeth of poor people. That’s his vacation. YOU ARE AN OVERPRIVLEDGED CREEP.

  • hammerdog

    The man can’t help himself?! – scum bag fool! I hope his practice tanks and he ends up in the poor house.

  • twoherbs

    If you look at the other animals he has shot, he has no respect for any animal that is nearly the endangered mark…..He wants it…has the money…..ethics/moral issues…what ethic/moral issues? Egomania? Hey, I shot a big animal with an arrow….

  • festie

    how is it not your fault? you went there with the intention of killing an animal. you then maimed the animal and followed until it could no longer evade you. you then killed it. how is that not your fault? scumbag.

  • Neko El Gato

    If the moron can’t kill an animal with one shot with his bow, he has no business torturing the animal for 40 hours after he took his poorly placed shot.

    Furthermore, I don’t believe the guy didn’t know he was poaching.

  • Shery

    sure blame every one else. YOU killed it. You wanted to kill something! Go kill yourself!