Cecil the lion died a horrendous death at the hands of an American hunter in Zimbabwe. After Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer went on his $55,000 safari to Zimbabwe, his hunting team lured Cecil, a 13-year-old lion famous for his friendly manner, out of a protected area by tying meat to a truck, then shot the beloved lion with a crossbow. It took 40 hours before Cecil was killed, then skinned and beheaded.
It was an illegal ‘hunt’ and the dentist could face extradition to Zimbabwe.
But, National Rifle Association board member Ted Nugent called the controversy “a lie” and a “joke,” adding, “God are people stupid.”
Cecil’s six cubs will now be killed without the protection of the lion. That’s some ‘joke’,
Palmer previously pled guilty to a hunting-related crime after shooting a black bear in Wisconsin.
Media Matters reports:
Still, the man is reportedly now wanted for poaching in Zimbabwe and may be the subject of a congressional inquiry.
On Facebook, Nugent attacked those upset by Cecil’s killing on July 28, writing, “the whole story is a lie. … I will write a full piece on this joke asap. God are people stupid.”
Ted Nugent previously called himself a “Mother Theresa” with a bow and arrow, although, he was banned for two years from hunting in Kansas and was under investigation in South Dakota for a pheasant hunt he tweeted about.
This is nothing new for NRA figures. Media Matters notes that in September 2013, widespread outrage occurred after the host of NRA-sponsored hunting show Under Wild Skies, Tony Makris, shot an elephant in the face.
Makris responded to outrage over his hunt by comparing his critics to Hitler. His show was canceled by NBC Sports citing Makris’ “outrageous and unacceptable” comments.
Meanwhile, Walter Palmer has closed his practice, is in hiding and has the outrage of the Internet to contend with — something which even an illegal hunting party won’t be able to contend with.
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