Success: Investigation Launched into Murder of Cecil the Lion

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Target: Chief of Law Enforcement for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ed Grace

Goal: Commend the United States Fish and Wildlife Service for promising to take necessary action against Cecil the Lion’s killer.

The federal agency responsible for enforcing animal protection laws in the United States has stated that it will investigate the death of Cecil the Lion. The move follows accusations that an American citizen, Dr. Walter Palmer, killed the lion illegally. The agency has expressed its concerns about the killing and is gathering facts about the matter. Animal rights activists around the world are outraged by Cecil’s cruel murder and their efforts, combined with the work of a ForceChange petition, to bring awareness to the killing were vital in ensuring that the federal government launched a full investigation.

The Zimbabwean government has accused Dr. Palmer of killing Cecil the Lion during a safari visit in Zimbabwe. According to the allegations, Dr. Palmer killed the star attraction at Hwange National Park even though the animal was under study and was being tracked by Oxford University researchers. Two Zimbabwean natives who were also implicated have already been arraigned in court and could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

Dr. Palmer claimed that he was not aware of the lion’s identity and that everything about his trip was handled properly. Reports have also uncovered that Dr. Palmer had hunted several big-name animals in the past. The United States Department of Justice is aware of the incident, though it remains unclear how it will respond to an extradition request.

Due to increased human conflicts and habitat loss, African lion populations are severely threatened. For this reason, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed that lions be listed as an endangered species to create restrictions on hunting. It is everyone’s duty to ensure that lions and other wildlife continue to roam freely in the wild.

Sign this petition to thank the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for launching an investigation into the murder of Cecil the Lion.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Ed Grace,

There has been an uproar over the death of an iconic lion named Cecil, which is alleged to have been committed by a U.S. citizen. There have been calls for prosecution from the ForceChange community as well as other activists around the world. Two other individuals involved in the hunt have also been arraigned in court and could face jail time if found guilty.

Cecil the Lion was a national icon and a resident of Zimbabwe’s national park. The lion was a popular attraction for international visitors to Hwange National Park before his life was brutally cut short.

Cecil’s death is a disaster to Zimbabwe’s tourism and it is only right that your department take action against the alleged murderer. I would like to commend your department for launching an investigation into the matter, as that is a major step in ensuring necessary action is taken against the culprit. I urge you to cooperate with Zimbabwean authorities and apprehend the alleged suspect, Dr.Walter Palmer.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Vince O’Sullivan

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9 Comments

  1. signd shared, We need Justice for this vile evil killer.

  2. Hunting with bow and arrow is a totally inhumane atrocity. Why is this permitted????

  3. Lisbeth Alvarado Sanchez says:

    Please don’t let Cecil’s murder go unpunished. Hunting or poaching is a barbaric, inhumane and evil practice.

  4. bianca Bellelli says:

    totally barbaric, dont let this liar who claims in a letter to his patients that hunting is a ” lifelong passion ” of his ( a passion? killing animals by bow and arrow?! ) go unpunished.
    let Cecil s sacrifice be worthwhile by making trophy hunting illegal once and for all!

  5. Stan Benton says:

    Not only this scumbag, but the 2nd accused American poacher, and now this bitch who has again posted pictures of herself with a giraffe (and other animals) she has murdered, should all rot in Hell. Maybe we could use their heads as “trophies”? l (Only who would want such a trophy?)

  6. Why are you hunting??? Does that make you feel like a MAN???
    Killing an innocent animal just for the pleasure ??? You are sickos !!!! Find something else to do with your life !!

  7. Amy M Glogowski says:

    Please throw the book at him, he knew who Cecil was that’s why he paid $50,000 to kill him & lure cecil out of the sanctuary!he’s a Liar & a murderer, justice for Cecil!!

  8. Paula Frost says:

    It is my hope Palmer gets the harshest sentence possible for his outrageous crime and this sends a loud and clear message to others that we will NOT tolerate the needless and senseless slaughter of these magnificent animals that are so imperiled.

  9. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & Shared.

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