Target: Robert Mugabe, President of Zimbabwe
Goal: Prosecute individuals who allegedly helped murder Cecil the lion.
Cecil the lion may have never been killed if it had not been for two people who allegedly helped Walter Palmer lure the lion away from his home. Activists need to take action to try and make sure these men are legally penalized if they are found guilty of such actions in order to better ensure that other majestic animals will not be illicitly hunted in the future.
Cecil was reportedly lured out of Hwange National Park onto the land of a private game park owner named Honest Ndlovu by Ndlovu and Palmer’s hunting guide, Theo Bronkhurst. While both men claim they had no idea Cecil was the lion Palmer was trying to kill, Bronkhurst likely knew the lion being hunted was Cecil, since he likely saw the GPS collar that had been placed on the animal for the purpose of conducting a conservational study. It is alleged that Palmer and his guide tied a dead animal on the back of what they were driving and even went as far as to drive near the game park owner’s land where the lion was shot so Cecil would be able to smell and follow the dead prey. Parks and Wildlife Services later explained the lion was illegally killed because the person who owned the land where Cecil was shot had not been granted a hunting quota that would allow someone to kill a lion on his property.
Urge the Zimbabwe president to recommend that a harsh legal sentence be given to these individuals if it is learned that they played a part in this tragic event. Cecil may still be alive today if it had not been for their alleged unethical and illegal hunting practices.
Dear President Mugabe,
If it had not been for two people who allegedly helped Walter Palmer illegally lure Cecil the lion out of the national park where the animal lived, the lion might still be alive today. It is important that these men be given a harsh legal sentence if they are found guilty of these actions in order to ensure that less animals will be illegally hunted.
A game park owner named Honest Ndlovu and a professional hunter and guide named Theo Bronkhurst are the two men who are accused of helping Palmer successfully kill the lion. While the men claim they had no idea that Walter Palmer wanted to hunt Cecil, the lion was likely easily identifiable by the GPS collar it was wearing. In addition, Bronkhurst and Ndlovu reportedly helped Palmer by tying a dead animal onto the back of their vehicle in order to lure Cecil onto the game park owner’s land where it was later shot. Since the game park owner–Honest Ndlovu–was never granted a hunting quota for a lion to be killed on his property, everyone involved with helping Palmer lure the lion out of the national park should be held legally responsible.
It is for these reasons that I encourage you to do everything in your power to make sure this case is thoroughly investigated and to also suggest that these men be given a severe penalty under law if they are found guilty of such actions. While hunting may be allowed in your country, killing an animal using illegal hunting methods should never be condoned.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Vince Osullivan