American dentist Walter James Palmer will not be facing charges and extradition from the Zimbabwean government for killing Cecil the lion, as announced by Zimbabwean officials.
In July, Palmer was hunting in Hwange National park located in Zimbabwe, where he killed the well known lion, Cecil. Environment, Water, and Climate Minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri of Zimbabwe told reporters that the Zimbabwe police and National Prosecuting Authority had cleared of any wrong doing.
Muchinguri-Kashiri said to reporters,”He is free to come, not for hunting, but as a tourist,” she continued to say,”It turned out that Palmer came to Zimbabwe because all the papers were in order.”
Muchinguri-Kashiri in July after the incident was working with the police to have poaching charges brought up against Palmer.
After the identity of Cecil’s hunter was released there was a lot of outrage and protest in the United States especially in Minnesota, where Palmer has a dental practice. There was even a trending hashtag on twitter and other social media sited called #JusticeForCecil.
The professional hunter from Zimbabwe, Theo Bronkhorst, who was Palmer’s guide, is still facing charges for illegal hunting.