Zimbabwe: American lion killer’s extradition being sought

This handout photo provided by Stuart Pimm shows a lion in Kenya. The circle of life is closing in on the king of the jungle. When a Minnesota dentist killed famed Cecil the lion, the Internet exploded with outrage. But scientists who have studied lions have seen it before. They’ve watched the African lion population shrink by more than half since 1980 and dwindle even faster in East Africa where lions used to be most abundant. They’ve seen trophy hunting, like the dentist’s, promise to spur lion conservation with influxes of lots of cash, then not work as planned. And even more importantly, they’ve seen lion habitat shrink and lions be killed by local residents because of conflict with livestock and agriculture.(Stuart Pimm via AP)

 

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) – Zimbabwe’s wildlife minister says extradition is being sought for the American dentist who killed a lion.

Oppah Muchinguri, environment, water and climate minister, told a news conference Friday: “We want him tried in Zimbabwe because he violated our laws. … Police should take the first step to approach the prosecutor general who will approach the Americans. The processes have already started.”

“Unfortunately it was too late to apprehend the foreign poacher as he had already absconded to his country of origin,” Muchinguri said. “We are appealing to the responsible authorities for his extradition to Zimbabwe so that he be made accountable.”

On Tuesday, American hunter Walter James Palmer issued a statement saying he relied on his guides to ensure the hunt was legal.

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7/31/2015 5:42:42 AM (GMT -4:00)

 

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