Social media lashes out at death of Cecil the Lion

Cecil the lion
Cecil the lion. (Image Source: mshcdn.com).

Cecil the lion
Cecil the lion. (Image Source: mshcdn.com).

Cecil the lion – the most famous creature in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park – was killed by an American hunter according to a report via the Telegraph.

The report reveals that Walter James Palmer, a dentist from Minnesota in the United States, is believed to have paid an estimated USD $50 000 to shoot and kill the lion. Palmer’s weapon of choice was, according to the report, a bow and arrow.

According to traveller24, Palmer reportedly has a hunting felony history, and is also facing charges for the illegal hunting Cecil the lion – although Palmer issued a statement saying he was under the impression the hunt was legal, until the very end. Local authorities in Zimbabwe alleged that the lion was lured from a protected area and killed.

A petition has also been launched online which calls on Zimbabwe’s president Robert Gabriel Mugabe to stop issuing hunting permits to kill endangered animals.

Africans, as well as the world lashed out to social media in order to air their opinions. The tweets can be found below:

Darryl Linington