Mia Farrow Shares Address of Dentist Who Killed the Lion Cecil in Zimbabwe …

30 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Celebrities shocked, outraged over death of #CecilTheLion.

Mia Farrow is facing a storm of protest after posting the business address of the American dentist who shot Zimbabwe safari icon Cecil the Lion online. Confusion seems to have erupted after a number of Twitter users wrongly believed that the actor had posted the home address of Minnesota hunter Walter Palmer. Some apparently thought the actress had listed Walter Palmer’s home address in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, calling for her verified Twitter account to be suspended under the site’s terms of service. In fact, she only ever tweeted the dentist’s business address, which has been public knowledge since the identity of Cecil’s killer first hit the headlines.

A Twitter spokesman directed the Associated Press to an official rule book that vetoes disciplinary action against a user when the information they are tweeting is already in the public domain. “If information was previously posted or displayed elsewhere on the internet prior to being put on Twitter, it may not be a violation,” state the company’s rules on posting private addresses. In a letter posted to KMSP’s website, Palmer said, “I had no idea that the lion I took was a known, local favorite, was collared and part of a study until the end of the hunt.” Palmer reportedly is wanted on poaching charges, officials in Zimbabwe said. That did not stop Twitter moving swiftly into meltdown as rightwing users who feel the controversy over Cecil’s killing has been blown out of proportion took the opportunity to take Farrow, who is well know for her support of animal welfare causes, to task. Johnny Rodrigues, chairman of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force, said Theo Bronkhorst and Honest Ndlovu, a hunter and private game park owner respectively, also face poaching charges. The Farrow account deleted the original missive amid the outrage questioning whether the intent was to ensure Palmer is physically tracked down by haters.

Palmer, who hunts big game in his spare time, is accused of paying $50,000 (£32,000) for the chance to illegally kill Cecil, a protected lion who was known around the continent and the world, in Zimbabwe earlier this month. Meanwhile, animal lovers across the country are striking out against Palmer and his dental practice, posting reviews on River Bluff Dental’s Yelp page.

Cecil, a popular attraction among international visitors to Hwange national park, was lured outside the reserve’s boundaries by bait before he was killed. Farrow has not yet made any public comment on the Twitter storm surrounding her initial post but she isn’t the only star to voice their disapproval of the killing.

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