The Sporting Life

29 Jul

This week, Walter James Palmer, a dentist from Minnesota, lured Cecil the lion out of Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, where he then shot the 13 year old feline with a crossbow, stalked the wounded animal for several hours and finally killed Cecil with a rifle shot before skinning and beheading the poor creature.

Cecil was the most photographed animal in the park and had been wearing a GPS collar as part of a longstanding research program. And the lion was also well know for his friendly attitude toward people. It’s illegal to hunt collared animals, but that didn’t seem to matter to the undaunted dentist who said that he had secured all the legal and proper hunting permits and had no idea that the lion he killed was in any way special.

Apparently Mr. Palmer, DMD is a well known globe-trotting big-game hunter in his spare time so I suppose that after a few long hard weeks of looking into people’s mouths the only way to get any rest and relaxation is to go and kill something. But now after killing poor Cecil the good doctor of dentistry is being harshly criticized on social media and he has even closed his dental office and disconnected his website to avoid the overwhelming amount of criticism he is receiving.

I think Mr. Palmer should consider leaving this country for good and taking up residence in one of the “evil” countries of the world., but North Korea is closed, Iraq is in a shambles and even though Iran has over 55 million evil people residing within its borders at the moment,  Israel would probably be in an uproar should one more evil soul be allowed to join their ranks.

So what to do? Well, It seems to me that if he stays here he has only one logical course to choose: Give up his practice and join the ranks of those running for the Republican nomination for The Presidency of the United States. I think that a guy like him has the qualifications to fit right in.

10 Responses to “The Sporting Life”

  1. cindy knoke July 29, 2015 at 11:37 pm #

    Cecil lived for 40 hours after Dr. Death shot him with the arrow. He has been convicted of illegally killing a black bear in the US. He won a trophy for killing a huge big horn rheep, rhino, leopard, polar bear, wolf among many others. This man is raising children. It is so discouraging. How do we stop our country’s gun and kill culture with father’s like him?

  2. avwalters July 30, 2015 at 2:05 am #

    Unfortunately, I think his dental practice will thrive. Of course, there will be bumps in the road, as all of the good people of Minnesota pull away from their dental professional. But there are legions of Don’t Tread on Me folks, who’ll gladly take their places. Funny thing is, it might work out for the swaggering dentist, I think his new clientele may well need more dental work.

  3. ruminationville July 30, 2015 at 5:18 am #

    I’m wondering if you saw this video of Jimmy Kimmel’s monologue, where he shares his outrage over Cecil. My heart is so broken. Leslie

    • gpicone July 30, 2015 at 7:40 pm #

      Yes I did and thank you. Why do people have to be such idiots?

  4. ranu802 July 30, 2015 at 10:13 am #

    There are a lot of evil people all over the world,I am glad you found one in your neck of the woods. 🙂

  5. GP Cox July 30, 2015 at 10:28 am #

    Punishment should fit the crime plain and simple.

  6. Donna Hardin July 30, 2015 at 2:09 pm #

    That is really a sad commentary on the power of money! I’m glad he is being made aware of the consequences of his thoughtless action.

  7. jacquelineobyikocha July 30, 2015 at 7:13 pm #

    What exactly does he benefit by such wicked acts? I hope he won’t resort to worse things. I watched in utter dismay 😦

  8. Michele Anderson July 30, 2015 at 10:18 pm #

    One day he will get his… Karma never lets anything go.

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