People from around the world are voicing outrage at the killing of a lion in Zimbabwe by a man from Minnesota who paid more than $50-thousand for a big game hunt. The lion killed was apparently lured out of a protected national park into an area where he was killed by a bow and arrow on July 1st. Walter Palmer claims he was on what he believed this was a legitimate hunt.
Cal Campbell is a spokesperson with the Nebraska Chapter of Safari International and says when you purchase a hunt you have to put your faith in the guides. He may not have known this lion was a local favorite, had a name and was part of an Oxford University research project.
Campbell says, “He would not know that – I don’t think. Did the professional hunter or outfitter that took him know it? That I don’t know. The hunter, when you are there, you are relying on the people you are with. First, you don’t know the language. Anytime I have been over there I was with people I trusted. Same thing. I didn’t know the language. They talked among themselves and I have no idea what they are saying. I never felt I did anything illegal.”
Campbell says Zimbabwe is one of the most corrupt areas in Africa. It is not known if the money spent for the hunt went straight to their government. He says $55-thousand here equals about $400-million there.