Young cubs of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe being looked after by uncle after …

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According To Liberals, This One Lion Is More Important Than All Of Zimbabwe.

LONDON — A pair of U.S. philanthropists with a passion for wild cats pledged Friday to match new donations to Oxford University’s Wildlife Conservation Unit — the researchers who were tracking the movements of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe.Zimbabwe is raising the temperature in the international furor over Cecil the lion’s death, calling for the U.S. dentist who shot him – whom it denounced as a “foreign poacher” – to be extradited and “made accountable.” Authorities at the U.S.

While questions swirl over the legality of the lion’s killing, legal issues aren’t driving the rage toward the Minnesota dentist who slew the big cat.Look, if I’d killed a beautiful animal in a cowardly and apparently illegal way, and in the process inspired outrage around the planet, I’d be laying low now too. Tom Kaplan, a natural resource investor whose net worth was put by Forbes magazine at $1 billion, and his wife, Daphne, will match donations made after 3 p.m. Fish and Wildlife Service are trying to track down Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer – and have so far been unsuccessful – as global outrage over the famous lion’s death continues to grow.

The Guardian reports that Zimbabwe’s minister for environment, water and climate, Oppah Muchinguri, announced the call for Palmer’s extradition in a press conference this morning. But there has also been some backlash to the outrage, and for the British conservationists who were monitoring Cecil, there has also been a silver lining – an influx of donations for their struggling research project. Muchinguri said Zimbabwe’s prosecutor general had begun the process of having Palmer extradited. “Almost 500,000 people are calling for his extradition and we need this support. Others flooded his Yelp page with negative reviews. (PETA simply called for his death.) But Karen Anderson, who calls herself an “animal communicator,” responded to all this by getting in touch with the departed lion himself.

The Kaplans hope to help the Oxford researchers raise half a million pounds to further their work. “We have to seize this moment where we can all make a difference,” Tom Kaplan said in a statement, adding that if the “death of Cecil can lead to the saving of many more lions, then some good can come from tragedy.” The death of Cecil, a well-known resident of Hwange National Park, has touched off international outrage and sparked a worldwide conversation as to how to best safeguard the dwindling number of big cats. Peter Oberem, president of Wildlife Ranching South Africa — a group that represents game ranchers in South Africa — supports the idea of hunting in controlled environments, but says Cecil’s death does not fill those criteria. “It’s a tragedy actually because he’s a lion that, as I understand it at least, was from some swanky game reserve and was lured through the fence, which is an unethical process and which therefore should be condemned outright, no problem,” he said. In Harare’s first official comments since Cecil’s killing grabbed world headlines this week, Environment Minister Oppah Muchinguri said Friday that the Prosecutor-General had already started the process to extradite Mr.

She said on Facebook that she was able to communicate with him and received a “profound message.” Here’s her post, complete with Cecil’s message: Conservationist Dex Kotze believes that the incident will reshape the debate across southern Africa about “canned” hunting — in which hunters are allowed to target animals bred for hunting. While Zimbabwe — the country where Cecil dwelled — has no idea what lion the West is talking about and has zero concern for the story, American media have turned this deceased feline into a martyr for liberal values. Palmer’s use of a bow and arrow to kill the lion – which is said to have been lured out of the national park with bait before being shot – contravened Zimbabwean hunting regulations. Even if we attain our meat through a much crueler process than what befell poor Cecil, millions of Americans appear to be more than willing to take on the cognitive dissonance to denounce the big game hunter Walter Palmer.

On Friday morning (July 31), the petition had over 162,000 signatures, urging US Secretary of State John Kerry and US Attorney General Loretta Lynch to cooperate with Zimbabwean authorities and promptly extradite Palmer. Kaplan, a former student at Oxford who made a fortune in metals, is also the chairman of Panthera, a foundation dedicated to the preservation of wild cats. Under a 1998 treaty between the United States and Zimbabwe, a person can be extradited if he is accused of an offence that carries more than a year in prison. Despite the tense US-Zimbabwe relationship, the two countries have an 18-year bilateral extradition treaty (pdf) in place, obliging both countries to extradite offenders charged with an offense in the requesting state.

Reuters reports that, according to Zimbabwean law, the illegal killing of a lion is an offense punishable by a fine of $20,000 and up to 10 years in jail. Lawyer Alec Muchadehama told Reuters that no American had been extradited to Zimbabwe since the treaty was signed, adding that Harare faced legal and political hurdles. Palmer committed an offence, and that he would be jailed for more than one year if convicted. “They [U.S. courts] may actually doubt the competence of the judiciary here to try him in an objective manner, particularly given these prejudicial pronouncements that the politicians are already making,” Mr. I have not been contacted by authorities in Zimbabwe or in the U.S. about this situation, but will assist them in any inquiries they may have.” But now it seems he may be reconsidering that.

His offices have been closed this week, as protestors have set up memorials for the lion and also left messages for Palmer to “ROT IN HELL” outside the doors. We can see the hypocrisy in the fact that the land where Cecil lived is one of the worst places to be a human on Earth — yet no attention seems to be paid Zimbabwe’s people in all the fuss surrounding a lion. It’d be akin to America going nuts over a slain crocodile in Cambodia while Pol Pot is committing genocide — and we completely overlook the genocide part. Because the details of it, from the luring of the animal to the attempted removal of his tracking device, sure don’t sound like some totally on the up and up hunting experience. For example, when a rival was poised to seriously challenge the tyrant in an upcoming election, Mugabe’s followers murdered nearly 100 opponents and forced 200,000 people from their homes.

One can conclude with confidence that Dr Palmer, being an American citizen, had a well-orchestrated agenda which would tarnish the image of Zimbabwe and further strain the relationship between Zimbabwe and the USA.” And now that a White House petition requesting that he be extradited has reached nearly 170,000 signatures as of Friday morning, the administration is expected to weigh in with a response. Prior to the Cecil saga, the WildCru – the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit – said it had been discussing winding down its poaching-control project because funding was drying up. The group said it was overwhelmed and inspired by the support. “So far more than £230,000 [$467,310] has been raised, enough to fund the research for at least 18 months, and gifts are continuing to come in,” a spokeswoman said in an interview with The Independent newspaper.

After forcing the majority of Caucasian residents to leave when he took power in 1980, Mugabe still likes to indulge in animus towards lighter-skinned people. The group’s website and donation link have been widely shared and the donation page has been so inundated with people trying to donate that it has crashed. Earlier this week, late-night comedian Jimmy Kimmel – in a departure from his usual laugh-filled monologue – shared the story of Cecil and became emotional as he encouraged his audience to visit the group’s site and make a donation. Palmer or his representative contact us immediately.” And Service director Dan Ashe tweeted out that “USFWS is investigating the tragic killing of #CecilTheLion.

Vox argues that eating chickens is morally worse than killing a lion and points to deplorable conditions in which chicken are kept — 20,000 to a single shed, with one square feet of moving space for each animal. “Another common practice is to keep these sheds dimly lit for 20 hours each day to keep the birds awake and eating constantly,” the article states, quoting the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. In nearby South Africa, Zimbabwean immigrants are at risk of being burned alive through the savage local practice of necklacing — all because they are Zimbabwean. Rural villagers in Zimbabwe also have to live with the threat of being attacked by marauding lions, which could explain why the average person cares little that a predator they never heard of was hunted down. If they really want our attention in the crowded media landscape, perhaps the migrants, the dispossessed, and those travelling the seas in search of peaceful shores should just carry kittens with them,” he wrote. Maybe it’s because many young Americans have come to associate lions with cherished moments of their childhood, thanks to “The Lion King” and the prevalence of Beanie Babies.

As we all know, there’s no popular children’s film about a white family having to flee their farm because of their skin color or toys of necklaced Zimbabweans.

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