All hell broke loose earlier this summer when the public learned about Walter Palmer, a Minnesota dentist vacationing in Zimbabwe who killed a beloved lion named Cecil during a hunt.
After months of complaints and total outrage, Palmer’s fate has finally been decided: he will not be charged with any crime because he technically didn’t do anything illegal.
According to government officials, Palmer had all of his papers in order when it came to hunting in the country. Two men involved in the expedition, however, are in danger of doing time behind bars.
Theo Bronkhorst faces charges that he broke hunting rules, while a game park owner is charged with failing to prevent an illegal hunt on his grounds. Both deny they took any part in illegal activity.
Despite the constant insults, Palmer maintains his innocence. “If I had known this lion had a name and was important to the country or a study, obviously I wouldn’t have taken it,” he said in an interview in September. “Nobody in our hunting party knew before or after the name of this lion.”
After all of those protests, I’m surprised he isn’t getting any punishment at all. Is he in the wrong? Or did the government do the right thing?
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