IFAW Statement on Walter Palmer Not Being Charged for Cecil’s Killing

IFAW Statement on Walter Palmer Not Being Charged for Cecil’s Killing
Tuesday, 13 October, 2015

Washington, D.C. (October 13, 2015) – Jeff Flocken, North American Regional Director for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), issued the following statement in response to Walter Palmer not being charged for the killing of Cecil the lion:

“It’s not a surprise that Palmer won’t be prosecuted, since hundreds of Americans kill imperiled lions for fun every year.  The fact that Palmer or his guides bent the rules and broke some laws to make his kill, is far less egregious than the actual brutal slaying of Cecil which he could have done perfectly legally had Cecil strayed outside of the protected area on his own.

We know we are losing this species from a wide range of threats. The most recent study says there are likely fewer than twenty thousand lions left in the wild.  Killing them for fun should not be just another way they die.

The U.S. has a real opportunity to make the death of Cecil—and the hundreds of other lions needlessly slain—not be in vain.  They can list African lions as Endangered under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, and make sure Americans like Palmer cannot continue to go kill lions for fun and bring their grotesque trophies back to the U.S.  The U.S. does not need to be a party to this type of senseless killing.”

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