PETA Statement: Lion-Killer Dentist Caused Animal to Suffer for Up to 12 Hours

For Immediate Release:
March 7, 2018

David Perle 202-483-7382

Bloomington, Minn. – Please see the following statement from PETA President Ingrid Newkirk:

 The new finding that Cecil—the lion who was selfishly and ineptly hunted down by Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer—suffered in agony for 10 to 12 hours before dying shows how backward and cruel it is for the U.S. to reopen its borders to “trophies” such as the remains of imperiled lions and elephants. The federal government, with a White House nod, says it will evaluate import permits on a case-by-case basis, but there is simply no case in which authorizing the slaughter of majestic wildlife is an acceptable idea.

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— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind