THE SCUMBAG HUNTER:
Cecil– the most famous lion in one of Zimbabwe's national parks – was killed by an American hunter, identified as Walter James Palmer, a dentist from Minnesota, who has boasted about shooting animals with his bow and arrow.
Palmer paid $50,000 to kill Cecil in a hunt that saw him wound the animal with an arrow, then track him for nearly 40 hours, finally killing him with a gun. Needless to say, the beautiful animal died a painful death. To make matters worse, Palmer lured the collared animal out of a protected game preserve one night in early July by a hunting party that tied a dead animal to a car.
Cecil was then skinned and beheaded.
More details came out about Palmer and it was confirmed that hew as indeed a rich douche bag who spent ridiculous amounts of money on hunting big game all over the world. He tried defending his kill but to no avail he could not cover up a pure case of elite, arrogant assholery. Later it was revealed that Palmer had past legal problems related to his blood thirsty quench for hunting. In 2008, Palmer faced probation after he pleaded guilty to making a false statement to federal officials about where, exactly, a black bear was killed in Wisconsin. He has a history of lies, deceit and murder.
“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,” Dr. Palmer said in a statement. “I relied on the expertise of my local professional guides to ensure a legal hunt.”
THE WITCH HUNT:
Once he was named as the hunter who killed Cecil, Dr. Palmer’s dentistry website was taken offline, and social media users quickly created a parody Facebook page for his office. His Yelp page was also overrun with indignant commenters. Thousands of people have signed a petition, intended for Zimbabwe’s president, demanding justice for Cecil, and angry animal rights supporters and just normal people have taken up digital arms to express their outrage at Walter Palmer.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported on Tuesday 7/28/15, that Palmer’s dentistry office had abruptly closed as he had been overwhelmed by the response of those irate with his murder of the lion. By Tuesday afternoon, protestors had created a makeshift memorial featuring plush animal toys, outside of Walter's dental office.
People all over the world are calling for Walter to be skinned and beheaded, the same fate as the majestic Cecil.
Twitter was on fire as well where tweets about him roared, “WE ARE CECIL,” one read; “#CatLivesMatter,” read another.
WHAT DOES THIS SAY ABOUT HUMANITY?
A couple of things....
1) Why do rich people, spend their money on killing when they could spend that same $50K used to kill on helping the homeless, disabled, mentally ill or the school system in which they live?--just to name a few things that could better the world. SOME, white, elite Americans are all about excess it would seem, rather then making the world a better place for others. This is disheartening to those who could don't even make $50,000 a year and could use even a tenth of that money to feed their children and provide them shelter.
2) What does this say about the internet and people in general who feel indignant enough and justified to wave their digital torches and pitchforks? Bombing his business on Yelp in Reddit like fashion, people were wishing horrible things on him such as being beheaded and skinned alive. Yes, Walter Palmer is a disgusting douche bag but is there a point where enough is enough and the internet can go too far? At one point to we become the monsters that we are crusading against?
3) What does this say about the human race and Americans in general that they get more enraged about a dead lion than they do the killing of an unarmed black man by a University of Cincinatti Police Offer or an unarmed black teen in MIssouri or an unarmed black man on the streets of NYC?