In the aftermath of discovering Zimbabwe’s beloved black-maned lion Cecil had been shot and killed by Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer, Zimbabwe officials called for Palmer to be extradited and said others involved in the hunt would be “made accountable” for their illegal actions.
More than a year later, Palmer has been cleared, and now a Zimbabwe court has agreed to drop charges against Theo Bronkhorst—the professional hunter who is said to have charged Palmer $50,000 to hunt Cecil in July 2015.
Bronkhorst’s lawyer, Perpetua Dube, told South African news site News24 that the charges against his client were too vague to enable the defense to properly mount a defense.
Palmer has gotten away with murder like so many others. People need to evolve, before it is too late, and realize that animals are not here to be their entertainment – whether it is to murder or exploit as performers or test experiments – they have as much a right to exist and be free as humans do.