Dentist receives waves of criticism after killing lion

Dr. Walter Palmer made a statement admitting he hunted and killed Cecil the Lion following social media backlash. The criticism temporarily shut down his practice. 

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American dentist Dr. Walter Palmer was identified as Cecil’s killer, quickly making him Internet’s most hated person.

Palmer reportedly paid $55,000 for the opportunity to hunt a lion in Zimbabwe, but the country is saying that the hunt was illegal.

#WalterJamesPalmer was the man who killed #CecilTheLion. This was an #illegalhunt. #VisitZimbabwe #263Chat #wildlife #illegalhunting

— #VisitZimbabwe (@tourismzimbabwe) July 28, 2015

A statement from Zimbabwe National Parks reads, “Ongoing investigations to date, suggest that the killing of the lion was illegal since the land owner was not allocated a lion on his hunting quota for 2015.”

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