Convicted Felon Who Killed “Cecil” the Lion Mirrors Republican Cruelty Toward Americans

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The news that it was an American with money who illegally killed and beheaded a ‘beloved, studied, and protected” wild African lion, although sickening, was not surprising and typically American and  Republican. The man’s assertion that because he paid $50-plus thousand to kill the lion and behead it, his abominable actions were “legal and properly handled and conducted” could have come from the mouth of any Republican.  However, like any and every Republican, the Minnesota dentist, Walter James Palmer, is a dirty filthy liar and his felony record for illegally killing wildlife in America means he is repeat offender; albeit in a foreign country.

The black-maned lion Palmer lured, killed, and beheaded in early July is not the first African lion he killed, so his assertion that he “had no idea that the lion I took was collared and part of a study until the end of the hunt” is patently false. Palmer said “I deeply regret that my pursuit of an activity I love and practice responsibly and legally resulted in the taking of this lion.” One seriously wonders what kind of human being pays tens-of-thousands of dollars and travels halfway around the world to slay a wild animal he had no interest in except as a trophy.  He certainly did not spend that kind of money, time, and travel expense because he was hungry; he is just barbaric to love hunting down and killing an animal for sheer sport.

Everything Palmer says is a lie; including that he has an ounce of “deep regret.” The only regret he has is that he was caught. According to African wildlife expert, Dex Kotze, it is impossible that Palmer and his hunting team did not know it was a noted protected lion. Kotze said, “I mean a black mane lion like that you can see from afar;” especially since Palmer was hunting with a bow. He continued that  “You are definitely going to identify that this is a collared lion and it is Cecil. Because all the conservationists and wildlife industry in that area would have been very familiar with that lion.”

The founder of the research unit at Oxford responsible for monitoring and studying the lion, Professor David MacDonald, said that “Cecil was lured across the border by freshly slaughtered animal bait into a neighboring hunting concession area, and when he was shot by a bow hunter outside the park he was shot illegally. That is unforgivable and a terrible tragedy for lion conservation.”

Palmer is no stranger to illegally hunting and killing wild animals, or lying that he was innocent in pursuing “an activity I love and practice responsibly and legally.” In 2008 Palmer pleaded guilty to lying to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service about a black bear he killed in Wisconsin. Palmer shot and killed the bear outside of the authorized hunting zone in 2006 and then lied to officials telling them he “killed the bear legally and responsibly” because it is something he loves doing. Walker was fined nearly $3,000 and given one year probation that obviously had no deterrent value or effect.

It was little surprise to learn that the coward who illegally killed the protected lion contributed to Republicans, or has a felony record in Wisconsin for illegally killing a black bear in 2006. Republicans have about the same appreciation for wildlife, particularly endangered and protected wildlife, as they do for most Americans. Interestingly, there is a direct correlation between Republican disregard and cruelty toward wild animals and their cruelty towards millions and millions of Americans.

Several academic studies have found a clear link between animal cruelty and violence against humans, and the link is so well-documented and firmly established that criminal profilers routinely use animal cruelty reports in assessing the possible threat criminals pose to family members, co-workers, and society. No matter how supportive of “sports hunting” some people may be, the idea of killing purely for the sake of killing and a trophy, is the ultimate expression of animal cruelty; particularly when an animal is mortally wounded and suffers so some “sporting man” can decapitate it and mount the head on a wall.

Republicans do not hunt down and kill Americans, particularly poor Americans, but their cruel policies, practices, and attitude towards wild beasts are not unlike their barbarism and cruelty targeting women, people of color, children, the disabled, and the elderly. Throughout the Western United States animal rights activists and conservationists are fighting ferociously to prevent the cruel slaughter of wildlife and the loss of habitat for myriad endangered and protected animals, that is tantamount to Democrats combatting Republicans to stop their cruel attacks on Americans that are homeless, children, the poor, or the elderly. In fact, over the past six years Republicans have made sport out of, and became predatory in, seeking new and more abusive means to inflict pain and suffering on American citizens; including luring them with lies to support policies that are contrary to their own best interests, and in many cases survival.

If this pathetic human being who said he just loves killing wild animals for sheer sport and trophy, is a real sports man as he and his ilk are apt to boast, there is a way he can prove it to himself and the world. Palmer could have stripped naked, abandoned his weapons, stalked the lion on its turf, and then fought the wild beast to the death; that would be fair and sporting. The same goes for any so-called sportsman that loves killing for enjoyment and a trophy; including “sport fishing” where true ‘sport’ would be the “sporting man” putting the same sized hook in his lip as the fish to see who prevails and how much the person really loves “the sport” when it is a fair contest.

For many human beings, the wanton killing of wild animals is appalling, even when it is for sustenance and survival among indigenous people. An important reason why there are vegans and vegetarians in the population is because even the thought of killing animals raised for food is considered cruel. However, it is difficult to imagine there are many people who think killing wild animals, and beheading them for a wall trophy, is anything less than barbaric and cruel. But one wonders if that is even true because there are millions of Americans who recoil against animal cruelty, or slaughtering wild life for sport, and yet still avidly support Republicans because they practice cruelty against Americans; “an activity they love.”

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52 Replies to “Convicted Felon Who Killed “Cecil” the Lion Mirrors Republican Cruelty Toward Americans”

  1. This ahole dentist, Walter Palmer, also has women issues. $125,000 paid to his office receptionist for sexually harassing her for years, both verbally and physically. The money was paid by his insurer.

    It is the entitlement that these rich white creeps worship more than anything. They truly believe they do not have rules, boundaries or laws to follow.

  2. Tragic Yes but could it have been avoided absolutely the Dental Board knew in 2009 this guy was a freak of nature Poaching Bears and attacking women.( he repeatedly attacked one of his staff members who was awarded a $127,500 see page 2 of the Dental Boards June 9, 2009 findings) They sent him to an ethics class and bookkeeping class. They should have pulled his fricken license. Instead they gave him the tool to attack other women/people anesthetic and the money to torture and kill more animals. Mark my words you have not heard the last of this lunatic Republican Tea bagging mental case. I have just shaken the bushes a little bit and look what has fallen out already. I am an old lady not an investigator or journalist American Journalist simply do not do their jobs. They need to go to the sources and get the records It is all laid out. Talk to the lady who filed the complaint against Palmer. Talk to the Guides. We have lazy propaganda media that with all the technology has become so la

  3. Also this was no accident that he ran into Cecil. He knew where he was in the park because He watched Cecil on the internet and target it him. He had the GPS tracker Hacked. He then lured him out of the park. Shot him with an bow at close range The Tracker collar at that distance was apparent.(His story all lies) and then stalked him for the thrill of watching him suffer. He paid $50k to get the hack and make sure he took Cecils head home with him. Read the fricken complaint on the black bear in Wisconsin. This was his modus Operandi. He has a long history of cruelty to animals pull his youth records. I am an old lady if I can find all this out having poor computer skills by calling the source people think what you trained professionals should be able to find

  4. Tragic Yes but could it have been avoided absolutely the Dental Board New in 2009 this guy was a freak of nature Poaching Bears and attacking women.( he repeatedly attacked one of his staff members who was awarded a $127,500 see page 2 of the Dental Boards June 9, 2009 findings) They sent him to an ethics class and bookkeeping class. They should have pulled his fricken license. Instead they gave him the tool to attack other women/people anesthetic and the money to torture and kill more animals. Mark my words you have not heard the last of this lunatic Republican Tea bagging mental case. I have just shaken the bushes a little bit and look what has fallen out already. I am an old lady not an investigator or journalist American Journalist simply do not do their jobs. They need to go to the sources and get the records It is all laid out. Talk to the lady who filed the complaint against Palmer. Talk to the Guides. We have lazy propaganda media that with all the technology has become so lazy…

  5. The whole Cecil murder tragedy has hearts aching and
    if you believe as I do that laughter is the best medicine,
    be sure and catch The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore
    on the comedy channel today at 5:44pm(EDT). It’s really
    last night’s edition, but when I saw it this morning on
    DVR, I thought of sharing with my Politicususa friends.
    Needless to say, Larry is upset about Cecil’s saga. Jah
    bless.

  6. Amen.

    “I didn’t know”, “it was an accident”, “they told me to do it”, “so and so did it, why can’t I”, all the excuses this neanderthal came up with sound just like my 12 yr old granddaughter when caught doing something she KNOWS she shouldn’t be doing.

    And every damn conservative will stand up for this guys “right” to break the laws, not only in our country, but in other countries as well.

    When you consider yourself entitled and care so little about an animal’s life, its just one small step towards treating those you consider beneath you just like those animals you hunt and kill.

  7. Seems like an example of brute capitalism, representative of those who use money to control people. Not sure that this is liberty, or equality under the law, but more like imperialism. Every time a Republican wants to swagger in and make their opinions into laws, they threaten to shut down the government. How many times have they aimed at cutting social programs through budgeting tricks? If they can’t change the law, they attempt to cut the funding. This becomes imperialism masked as democracy, but they say they do it on behalf on the majority of the people they represent.

  8. # 1: I am appalled at this man’s (Palmer’s) behavior.
    # 2: I have never hunted, but I do not have a problem with people who legally hunt and use the meat and animal parts (e.g. hide) for their sustenance.
    # 3: I Do have a problem with people who hunt solely for trophies.
    # 4: I take issue with your assumption that being Republican or conservative has anything to do with this.
    # 5: I don’t see what being conservative has to do with disability.
    I am a conservative Libertarian, a veteran of the U.S.M.C., and I have been disabled for 10 years.

  9. I may not agree with your political views but…
    {{{dons Navy ballcap and fires off a USN Standard Salute}}}
    Semper Fi

  10. #1- As am I.
    #2- I have hunted. But not trophies.
    #3- As do I.
    #4- I have noticed that the vast majority of those who hunt solely for trophies- are Republican and/or Conservative- often justifying their behaviors based upon some verses in Genesis.
    #5- I am a Liberal Democrat, a Disabled Vet as well, well over 10 years and I don’t see what your #5 has got to do with this article or for that matter the price of Tea in China.

  11. His dental business is about to rattle at its foundations. The GHOST of Cecil will see to it. You think that’s crazy? I think that a lot of the “witch-doctors” in that land (AFRICA) are preparing their “special mix” right now. They are consulting with the Animal Spirits, especially the Lion Kings…..what to do? They ask. RRROOOOAR!
    Shiver me timbers, what was that? Asks the Doctor.
    Dr. Palmer, You will find out soon enough. Animal Kingdom don’t play that…Karma is a bitch. They know him by now, they got his smell. Heh-heh-heh ;)

  12. I have been saying it for quite a while now that it is no longer Democrats VS. Republicans anymore and that NOW it is Americans VS. Republicans. Now we come to realize through more recent events that it is now the WORLD VS. Republicans! I would say the odds are in the favor of those who oppose the arrogance of the Right Wing and oppose it with of all things HUMANITY!

  13. My #5 has nothing to do with the price of tea anywhere, and everything to do with the article specifically stating that Republicans discriminate against and are willing to kill people with disabilities.

  14. 1,2,3 yep, it’s REALITY CHECK 101, today lets explore the typical LILY WHITE republican male, ready? Theres is common theme with these individuals, it’s called ”SMALL penis syndrome” it where men of wealth and power who typical don’t have $HIT else to offer anyone, that’s why those typical erectile dysfunctional fruit cakes, need to over compensate with violence and terror to offset their complete FAILURE as a man! That’s a major reason why republican males LOVE guns! it’s because they’re typically gutless COWARDS! you very rarely see a conservative male talking tough WITHOUT either a huge crowd behind him or he’s packing heat! the lion killing mr. palmer is a COWARD! a small penis RICH WHITE GUY! and like the typical republican, he won’t take personal responsibility for ANYTHING! listen to his nonsensical BULL$HIT excuses! he stalked that lion! PERIOD! but his chicken $HIT personality can’t handle the consciences! as I said, typical small penis republican.

  15. @pamela, your post was cool till you stated NO.5, you’re either blind or a god damn fool, not to see a clear FU#KING pattern in the way republicans typically carry themselves and OTHER human beings conduct their lives! You republican/ libertarian types are a god damn joke! your WHITE PRIVILEGE mentality makes you believe in, that EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF BULL$HIT! yeah, thats great when you’re WHITE and the FU#KING deck has been stack in YOUR favor! It’s a culture and mentality that MOST republicans have! NO respect for others THEY feel aren’t in THEIR class! Thats why wilard rommeys DUMBA$S couldn’t STFU and showed his utter contempt for 47% of america! it’s a CULTURE! a toxic attitude! Sorry princes, YOUR party cornered the market on obnoxious, petty, bigoted AS$HOLES!

  16. …for these racist cops and other killers, it must be a bitch they can’t sever the head and have it stuffed as a trophy for thier wall…
    {throws up}

  17. Republicans DO hunt down and Kill Americans.

    They’re sociopaths …enemies of civilization.

    Republicans are lynchers.

  18. @Shadowolf, I’m willing to bet you’ve seen your fair share of KKK in the military, KLAN members have been infiltrating the military for decades now! I’m sure you’ve either seen or heard of the KKK fliers being discovered on military bases!! And after these douchebag racist get out the military, where do they typically gravitate to?? say it with me, THE LOCAL POLICE DEPARTMENT!! yep! you’d probably be surprised how the KLAN has infected our police departments. But our republican friends who live in their rose tinted glasses and their FUX NEWS bubble, never have and never will accept the fact about the STORMFRONT good ole boys!

  19. The article states:
    “but their cruel policies, practices, and attitude towards wild beasts are not unlike their barbarism and cruelty targeting women, people of color, children, the disabled, and the elderly.”

    There is no mention of murder.

    You Fail.

  20. Apropos Pamela.

    Republicans have a demonstrated antipathy towards Military Veterans:
    http://www.liberalamerica.org/2014/11/24/gop-voted-against-these-8-bills-to-help-veterans/

    And against the poor, the elderly, and the non-veteran disabled as well.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/richard-zombeck/gop-begins-assault-on-eld_b_6436640.html

    And I find your statement to be both a Libertarian and Disabled to be a fine example of Cognitive Dissonance. Since the Libertarian Party is infamous about how they feel concerning Disabled People:
    http://deafcampaign2008.blogspot.com/2009/01/understanding-libertarian-partys.html

    Apparently Disability is just fine so long as it’s you that has the Disability. Not anyone else.

  21. I thought this story was OK and going in the right direction until he started attaching the crime with politics. This is a very irresponsible thing to do. I enjoyed the story until he started devolving into nothing more than a rant, then it lost ALL respectable and responsibility due this story. I suggest that you try again without your own views on politics.

  22. Didn’t some beauty queen, socialite kill a giraffe a few weeks ago also? What is this need to murder innocent animals and call it a sport? Someone said ” I love humanity. It’s people I can’t stand.” or something like that.
    I am just so disheartened at the way the world is going.

  23. This type of behavior is a pattern and is clinically relevant. Cruelty to animals is one of the markers for sociopathic personality. Since I am a psychologist, I have been saying for years that the gopee is a haven for these type of people. Starting with Nixon, take a look at who these people really are. W was a “dry drunk.” But, when he started the Iraq war I thought “teeny little weenie.” Cheney is the worst of the lot. Boehner is an active alcoholic. These people enjoy inflicting pain on others. The kochs have been paying crooks and criminals to run for office for years. One last thought, the American people are being severely punished for their audacity of electing a Black man twice!

  24. Clearly that dentist who killed Cecil the Lion misread the white privilege memo: it’s African Americans not African Lions that you can kill without consequence.

  25. I’m still so upset about this. It’s not the death of Cecil in and of itself; it’s the death of nature, you know? It’s the idea that people take some kind of pleasure out of killing animals like this, out of paying money to hunt down something as majestic – and threatened – as a lion and just shoot it without a thought.

    The man who did this is not sorry he killed a lion. He is sorry he killed a KNOWN lion – one wearing a collar. I hear he also wanted to hunt an elephant and told his “guides” he wanted one with 63 lb. tusks – probably to break some kind of record.

    WHY? What purpose does this serve, especially when the populations of these animals are dwindling?

    It just makes me sick. I don’t care about the man’s politics. Either way, he’s a sick, perverse person who tortured a poor animal just for kicks. That alone tells me all I need to know about him.

  26. Kids who have seen LION KING are traumatized, I am certain…. (well, some). They may have equated their favorite Lion with pictures of Cecil they are seeing all over the media. Think about it. Some young kids are asking: Mommy why did that bad man kill Cecil the Lion? That Lion looked so BEAUTIFUUL. Cecil wasn’t a bad Lion, right mommy? He wasn’t hurting anybody….right, mommy? —-How do you answer the kids? Simply put, some cruel humans kill animals for fun. Animals kill to eat and protect themselves. Ever see a Lion kill a human—Just for fun? Hmmmmm. What a difference, yes?

  27. Tweet of the Day

    Roll Call
    ✔ ‎@rollcall
    That Time a Congressman Killed a Lion in Zimbabwe http://roll.cl/1Mzvgim via @jasonjdick

    3:44 PM – 31 Jul 2015

    Heard on the Hill

    That Time Paul Broun Killed a Lion

    The killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe by a Minneapolis dentist has led to an international outcry over the illegal hunting.

  28. Saw that story last night and was very happy to read it. I think Jericho has cubs of his own so he is protecting ALL of the cubs; but the story was a bit confusing because it seemed to also be saying that some of the cubs thought to be Cecil’s might actually be Jericho’s.

    I don’t know. Either way, I’m happy about it.

    Now, how do we end this trophy hunting crap once and for all?

  29. O/T But it seems the so called animals can teach us something about compassion

    Autopsy confirms Palestinian infant was ‘burned alive’ by Israeli Squatters

    The Palestinian Justice Ministry autopsy confirmed that the 18-month-old Palestinian who was killed in an arson attack on Friday was burned alive.

    Minister of Justice Salim al-Saqqa said there was soot inside of the baby’s body, which indicates he was alive when his body caught fire.

    al-Saqqa said the baby’s body was completely blackened, his features had melted, parts of his extremities disintegrated from the burns, while parts of the lungs and rib cage had melted.

    The infant was killed when suspected Israeli settlers smashed the windows of two homes in Duma village near Nablus, throwing flammable liquids and Molotov cocktails inside and catching the homes ablaze.

    The infant, Ali Saad Dawabsha, was trapped inside the family’s home as the fire spread and died shortly after.

    His parents and four-year-old brother were left with severe burns.

    The mother was in critical condition with third-degree burns covering 90 percent of her body, an Israeli doctor told public radio. The father had burns on 80 percent of his body and the son 60 percent, with all of their lives in danger.
    http://www.juancole.com/2015/08/confirms-palestinian-squatters.html

  30. Jericho – Cecil’s brother – has been shot dead by an illegal hunter according to the ZCTF – Zimbabwe’s Conservation organization.

    “BREAKING NEWS – JERICHO HAS BEEN SHOT TODAY AT 4pm –

    It is with huge disgust and sadness that we have just been informed that Jericho, Cecil’s brother has been killed at 4pm today.

    We are absolutely heart broken.
    We will update you all as soon as we have more details.”

  31. Bland hung herself and her family wouldn’t even help since she owed 8 grand in legal fees in Illinois. Plus she lied on her forms at the station. Try to stay with the facts.

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