He continued by saying that, “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.”
He told his patients that the media’s coverage, as well as calls and comments from people who are angry about the death of Cecil, have disrupted his business and that he hopes to “resume normal operations as soon as possible.”
So far, two men have been arrested and charged with the death of Cecil the lion.
According to CNN, Theo Bronchorst, a professional hunter, and Honest Ndlouv, a landowner, were charged with poaching.
They face up to 10 years in prison.
Palmer has not been charged, but admits that he paid about $50,000 to hunt. Bronchorst and Ndlouv are said to have baited the 13-year-old lion out of a protective park.
Palmer admitting to shooting the lion with a crossbow, but Cecil survived the wound. Bronchorst and Ndlouv found Cecil 40 hours later and shot him with a gun, CNN reported. They skinned and beheaded the lion after they found him, the authorities alleged.
They also tried to destroy a GPS collar that Cecil wore as part of research by Oxford University, CNN reported.
Cecil’s death has animal activists calling on the president of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, to ban the trophy hunting of animals.
An online petition has been started that calls for justice for Cecil and for the country to stop issuing permits to kill endangered animals.
Organizers of the petition are trying to get 600,000 online signatures.
The event formerly known as Home World has a new name and new location.Get totally inspired for spring as you find hundreds of ways to improve your home. Make your home the one you really want. Show open daily duringmall hours. Admission is free!
Landscaping and Outdoors
Get ready for Spring and Summer and transform your outdoor space into something that feels like you’re on vacation
Make sure to visit our demonstration stage during the entire show. There will be exciting demonstrations on how to re-purpose and design thanks to Monarch Market Affair.
Meet Barry Williams from The Brady Bunch
Join us as we welcome Me-TV superstar Barry Williams who played the iconic Greg Brady from The Brady Bunch TV Show. Meet him and get an autograph on February 10th stage side at center court in front of Macy’s.
The line will start forming when the Mall Opens, and Barry’s First appearance will be at 11 a.m.
Come prepared with your camera or cell phone for the Meet and Greet.