If you’ve been seeing people post nonstop on Facebook about Cecil the Lion, but have no idea what actually happened, this is your chance to pretend you’re informed.
WHO WAS CECIL?
Cecil was the most famous lion in Zimbabwe and probably all of Africa. Most people that went on safari to Zimbabwe wanted to see Cecil, so it’s safe to say that he was basically the Statue of Liberty of Zimbabwean tourism.
WTF WALTER PALMER?
Walter Palmer, a dentist from Minnesota, paid a guide $50,000 to help him kill a lion. Tbh I’d buy a Range Rover with that kind of cash, but whatever. Walter and the guide obviously shot Cecil, which is why everyone is so upset. Walter claims that they had all the right permits, but the masses disagree and fucking hate him.
WHAT’S THE PROBLEM?
So it was probably illegal, but most people are against big-time game hunting either way. As a result, tourism revenues in Zimbabwe have already declined, and there’s a decent-sized protest going on outside Walter Palmer’s dental practice. Cecil fans have also turned the practice doorstep into a shine/memorial to the famous lion.
WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW?
Multiple countries, including the US, are working on legislation that’ll stop people from bringing things like lion skins into the country. Walter Palmer’s guide is being prosecuted in Zimbabwe, and Palmer himself, could be in big trouble too. So basically, don’t kill a fucking lion. Especially when he’s an international treasure. SO not betchy.