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30 minutes ago ·
Zimbabwe: Dentist claims he didn’t know lion he killed was protected
A Minnesota dentist being sought by Zimbabwean police on poaching charges for killing a beloved lion named Cecil said yesterday he was unaware of the animal’s protected status until it was too late.
“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,” Walter James Palmer, 55, of Eden Prairie said in a statement. “I relied on the expertise of my local professional guides to ensure a legal hunt.”
Palmer paid about $50,000 for the nighttime hunt, during which a dead animal was tied to a vehicle to lure Cecil out of a protected national park, said Johnny Rodrigues of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force.
Palmer is believed to have used a crossbow to shoot the lion, which was tracked down still alive 40 hours later and then fatally shot with a gun, Rodrigues said.
“It’s disgusting,” said Ken Pruitt of the Environmental League of Massachusetts. “In concept, I have no problem with hunting, but this is as far from a true sportsman as you can get. Even if Mr. Palmer believed he was somehow part of a legal hunting operation, it should have been clear to him the methods they were using were illegal and highly unethical.”
Two Zimbabwean men also face poaching charges in the killing of Cecil, who was skinned and beheaded, the Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Authority and the Safari Operators Association said in a statement.
The hunters tried but failed to destroy the lion’s collar, which was fitted with a tracking device because he was being studied by Oxford University researchers, the statement said.
Full story at www.bostonherald.com/news_opinion/national/2015/07/dentist_claims_he_didn_t_know_lion_he_killed_w...
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1 hour ago ·
Tigers behind bars
For this International Tiger Day, EIA has produced an interactive animation revealing the major threat posed to the world's remaining wild tiger populations by intensive tiger farming in China and other parts of Asia.
Almost every body part of the tiger is traded by criminals for massive profit and the trade is fuelled by corruption. The main market for tiger products is China, with other markets in Vietnam and Laos.
The trade threat is exacerbated by a marked increase in tiger 'farms' in China, Laos, Vietnam and Thailand where tigers are kept, and are often intensively bred, for trade. Facilities keeping tigers include not just large tiger farms but also circuses and smaller facilities with fewer animals which are used as a front for laundering illegal tiger parts and products. Such trade stimulates further demand for tiger parts and products and undermines enforcement operations and demand-reduction efforts.
You can find and explore our interactive animation at eia-international.org/where-are-the-tigers
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2 hours ago ·