Permanently Close Dental Practice Owned by Cecil the Lion’s Killer

Target: Gene Winstead, Mayor of Bloomington, MN

Goal: Permanently close dental practice owned by Cecil the lion’s killer so he can no longer use his profits to illegally poach protected wildlife.

Dr. Walter Palmer has been in hiding since it was revealed that he was the man who took Cecil the lion’s life in Zimbabwe. Dr. Palmer’s business, River Bluff Dental, had been closed, but on August 17, 2015, River Bluff Dental reopened its doors for business, albeit with Palmer absent. Mayor Winstead needs to close this business permanently, so that Palmer can no longer earn a profit, as it is obvious this man uses his dental business proceeds to illegally kill wildlife in the United States and abroad.

Cecil the lion’s death is not the first Palmer hunt called into question. In 2006, Palmer was charged with illegally killing a black bear in Wisconsin with his bow and arrow. Palmer allegedly lured the black bear 40 miles out of the territory in which he was permitted to kill it, and then he slayed it. Palmer has a propensity to do this, as he and his guides lured Cecil out of his protected territory before mortally wounding him; the lion suffered for 40 hours before he died.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service pressed charges against Palmer for killing the black bear, and, according to the New York Daily News, U.S. Attorney John Vaudreuil accused Palmer of paying off three guides $20,000 to lie about where the bear was killed. Palmer is a monster, clearly believing he is above U.S. and international law, as he remains in hiding even though he should be extradited to Zimbabwe to answer for Cecil’s death.

Demand that Mayor Winstead and the Bloomington City Council shut down Walter Palmer’s dental business. This man should not be allowed to continue to make a profit that he uses to illegally hunt and slay endangered wildlife. Stop Walter Palmer from collecting hunting trophies now by cutting off his dental business’ profits. We cannot rest until there is justice for Cecil’s inhumane and horrific death.


Dear Mayor Winstead,

While I understand that River Bluff Dental has played an important part in your city’s economy for some time, this business needs to close due to the unethical way in which you use its profits.

The heinous and long-suffering death of Cecil the lion struck an international chord, even with people who aren’t normally involved in or supportive of animal rights. River Bluff Dental’s owner, Dr. Walter Palmer, has blood on his hands, and we now know it isn’t just Cecil’s blood.

Palmer has illegally killed wildlife in the United States as well, and he has been accused by a U.S. Attorney of bribing guides to cover up his acts. Why would you want a man like this, a man who believes he is above international and U.S. law, to run a business in your city?

Yes, hunting is legal, but the type of hunting that Palmer does is not, and this man should not be allowed to profit off anyone, particularly since it appears he uses these profits to hunt endangered wildlife illegally here and abroad.

Shut down River Bluff Dental. Nobody wants to solicit a business owned by a heartless man who preys on innocent and endangered wildlife, decapitates the heads for his trophies, and then tries to skirt the authorities after he’s broken the law. Do you want this business in your city?


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  1. Rodica Danielsson says:

    Why should he be alowed to continue his everyday life when he took an inocent life??? He should be punished!!!!

  2. Linda Simard says:

    I would not want this business that collects money up front then uses it for illegally killing wildlife in my town.

  3. russell maugh says:

    Closing Palmer’s dental practice clearly has not worked. Perhaps the following may offer some alternative methods of achieving essentially the same result.

    Compliance with governmental regulations:

    Many dentists would gladly be go to hell rather than have to deal with the following.

    Does the practice comply with all OSHA regulations such as MSDS’s for every product used in the office, Are staff members trained to read and understand each MSDS? Are employee safety committees required? Have staff been trained how to handle the rules of the bloodborne safety standards and incidents? Have they received specific training on needle stick procedures? How are incidents handles and documented? What precautions are in place to protect a pregnant staff member? A pregnant staff member may not need to be employed for this regulation to pertain. Is air quality monitored and documented? How about radiation? What about exposure to toxic chemicals? Have there been incidents within the office? Are they properly documented. Are staff members monitored for exposure to chemical and air quality issues. Is this documented?
    Fire marshal: Is a safety evacuation plan posted everywhere required? Are fire extinguishers current and inspected? Is an inspection log kept? Is it up to date?
    Has fire safety training sessions and fire drills been done? How often, etc? Have employees received training by a fire department official about how to use a fire extinguisher? Are electrical extension cords in use in the office…anywhere? Each extension cord will likely carry a separate fine from the fire marshal.
    Hazardous waste: Mercury and chemicals. Does the office have a written safety plan and procedures for hazardous events? Have employees received current training on this?
    Are all business licenses, dental practice licenses current and properly posted?
    This is just a sample of the many compliance issues a dental office must comply with. If one were to contact the various governmental agencies and demand they be confirmed the office should be deluged by inspectors and thousands of dollars in loss practice revenue would result to get them off their back.
    A good practicing dentist expects to generate several thousand dollars per hour practicing. If 10, 20, 100 hours are lost responding to requests from government agencies…well, you can see the crushing financial impact on them. Any citizen can contact the agencies and demand an inspection for about any regulation and the agency must respond with an office visit.
    There may be disgruntled staff members who have knowledge of many violations that would complicate things in the practice.
    And, don’t forget the potential of thousands of dollars in fines that could be levied on the practice.
    And, don’t forget to keep the American Dental Association and the state dental licensing board up to date on these matters.
    In my opinion the American Dental Association has suffered considerable embarrassment because of Dr. Palmer already. Revocation of dentists licenses ends this story permanently for the practice.

    I have only scratched the surface on a few of the avenues one might choose to pursue on this topic.

    The time the staff and dentists could spend handling all of this could be catastrophic to the practice.
    Good luck with this.

  4. Christine Stewart says:

    This man overcharges his clients in order to have thousands of dollars to spend so freely on slaughtering animals for trophies. even if they can’t close his office, people should not patronize this money grubbing, animal killing scum!

  5. First of all the people who go to get their mouths opened to this monster barbaric man to clean the teeth must be idiots too. This Dentist has a cruel heart. Blood thirsty scumbag who have got very low self esteem. A person who have high standard moral capacity would never want to harm another defenseless living being. Imagine this man’s mental standard, where he get excitement and happiness only when he watches another living being suffering in agony and dying in pools of blood. What a scumbag. This poacher must be poached as well. Then some one can mount his head on the front door of River Bluff Dental.

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