I did this article here on this very subject ‘An open letter to WordPress and all bloggers – Our unethical species’ <Click) And it was very hard to write, sad, very sad. Had this been a Scottish dentist and not a Christian American Dentist I would be saying and typing exactly the same. Again I come back to “What people do in the name of God” <Click) and it offends me, I don’t get hateful nor angry, I guess I just get sad. The blog above is a VERY HARD read, I threw in a surprise and a few people got caught out badly through ignorance. Read the whole article before judging. Now this American fool is trying to say “I didn’t know” When clearly he did because he has done it before and had a warning. This happens all over our World and it’s disgusting. We should preserve our species and others, not kill them, but this is our way, sadly you and I are the same human species who kill for sport. Great isn’t it. NOT. I had a ‘debate with a FOOL from a foreign land, he said “But you eat Meat, whats’s the difference” I shook my head at this guy, he is 50+ years old and has a lifetime TEACHING!! I said “IT’S AN ENDANGERED SPECIES YOU IGNORANT FOOL” Then I blocked him. No hate, just pathetic human being, same as the rest in article above and images below
~~Via: http://news.sky.com/ ~~
Walter Palmer says he believed the hunt was legal and had no idea the animal he shot dead was a “known, local favourite” Two Zimbabwean men charged with poaching following the killing of Cecil the lion have appeared in court, as the US dentist who allegedly paid them to hunt the animal faces a public backlash. The pair are accused of luring the famous animal from a protected area so he could be hunted by Walter Palmer, who reportedly paid park guides $50,000 (£32,000) to kill the lion.
Mr Palmer has said he believed the trip was legal. Cecil was wounded with a crossbow, tracked for 40 hours and then shot with a rifle, according to Johnny Rodrigues, head of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force. The 13-year-old lion was then decapitated and skinned.
Theo Bronkhorst, a professional hunter with Bushman Safaris, attended the court in Hwange – 500 miles west of the capital Harare – along with owner of the land that borders the park, Honest Trymore Ndlovu.
The Zimbabwean Parks & Wildlife Authority 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.” The men face up to 15 years in prison if convicted.
Both men appeared at the Hwange magistrate’s court, about 435 miles (700 kilometers) west of the capital Harare. Mr Palmer, who has left Zimbabwe, is also facing poaching charges, according to police.
Spokeswoman Charity Charamba said: “We arrested two people and now we are looking for Palmer in connection with the same case.” Mr Palmer told his local newspaper, The Star Tribune, he had no idea the lion was a “known, local favourite”. He said: “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 favourite, 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. “Again, I deeply regret that my pursuit of an activity I love and practice responsibly and legally resulted in the taking of this lion.”
Mr Rodrigues told Sky News: “The professional hunters scented the area by dragging a dead animal … and lured the lion to this spot. “And then they came in at night while the lion was feeding, with a spotlight, and shot it with a bow and arrow. “They didn’t kill him straight away. “They took 40 hours to do a follow-up and eventually they caught up with him and shot him with a rifle.”
The lion had a GPS collar for researchers at Oxford University’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit to track its movements. Attempts to destroy the collar were unsuccessful, which was how the animal was found. The research unit’s founding director, David Macdonald, said: “It’s not many months ago that I watched Cecil with my hand on my heart as he strayed toward a hunting concession. “On that occasion he turned back into the protection of the park, but this time he made a fatal mistake and I feel deeply sad, personally.”
Mr Rodrigues added that now that Cecil is dead, the next lion in the hierarchy, Jericho, will most likely kill all Cecil’s cubs so that he can insert his own bloodline into the females, which is standard procedure for lions.
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