Thursday, 30 July 2015
So when is an apology not an apology? We have been told that the American dentist, Walter James Palmer has apologised to his patients in a letter for killing the lion known as Cecil
In a letter to patients he says:
"In early July, I was in Zimbabwe on a bow hunting trip for big game. I hired several professional guides and they secured all proper permits. To my knowledge, everything about this trip was legal and properly handled and conducted.
I had no idea that the lion I took was a known, local favourite, was collared and part of a study until the end of the hunt. I relied on the expertise of my local professional guides to ensure a legal hunt.
I have not been contacted by authorities in Zimbabwe or in the U.S. about this situation, but will assist them in any inquiries they may have."
He goes on to say:
"The media interest in this matter – along with a substantial number of comments and calls from people who are angered by this situation and by the practice of hunting in general – has disrupted our business and our ability to see our patients."
What you read is not in any way an apology but a string of excuses and passing the blame in a way that reminds you of a politician caught with their pants down. James Palmer isn’t sorry for being a monster that travels the world in order to kill animals for his own twisted amusement. You can make a safe bet that pretty soon he’ll be looking to pick up his crossbow and head out for a new victim.
According to the Zimbabwe Parks & Wildlife Management Authority, two locals are facing charges for assisting in Cecil's killing: the hunter Theo Bronkhorst and a local farmer identified as Honest Trymore Ndlovu.
This ‘hunting’ experience, including the 40 hours of suffering Cecil underwent cost Palmer around $50,000. We are supposed to believe that at no point did Palmer think there was something not right, not even right at the start when they lured the lion from his protected home. Are we to believe he didn’t see the collar while posing for photos before they beheaded and skinned Cecil? Palmer is an experienced killer of big game for trophies so should know if things are dodgy, after all this isn’t the first time he’s been caught out illegally hunting.
And as a final word, according to recent reports from the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, which issues hunting permits, Ndlovu did not have permission to hunt a lion on his farm. Therefore, any lion killing was illegal, and anyone involved in a hunt is a poacher.