Protesters hold signs during a rally outside the River Bluff Dental clinic against the killing of a famous lion in Zimbabwe, in Bloomington, Minnesota July 29, 2015.
The Minnesota dentist who killed Zimbabwean lion Cecil, sparking a global outcry from animal lovers, returned to work on Tuesday at his suburban Minneapolis office to shouts of “murderer” and “leave town” from a half dozen protesters.Walter Palmer, 55, arrived at about 7 a.m. CDT (8 a.m. EDT) to the Bloomington, Minnesota, dental practice that he shut down in late July amid a firestorm of protests after he was publicly identified as the hunter who killed the rare black-maned lion.Palmer entered the practice without comment.
The practice reopened in mid-August without Palmer, who said on Sunday in a joint interview with the Minneapolis Star Tribune and the Associated Press that he needed to resume his duties at his River Bluff Dental practice.In the interview, Palmer reiterated a statement he had given in July that the hunt was legal and no one in the hunting party realized the targeted trophy kill was the well-known 13-year-old lion. No charges have been filed against Palmer.
Several messages were taped to the entry door to the building where the practice is located, including “From now on, donate your money to endangered animals instead. Apparently you have plenty” and “Justice for Cecil #extradition.”Veronique Lamb, a 49-year-old tourist from Brussels, was among the protesters waiting for Palmer. She said she was there to protest the dentist returning to work “like nothing happened.”
“He did something really bad and he really knows it,” Lamb said. “Hopefully this has opened the eyes of people to this horrible business. It’s very sad.” (Reporting by Todd Melby; Writing by David Bailey; Editing by Lisa Lambert and Paul Simao)This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service – if this is your content and you’re reading it on someone else’s site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/content-only/faq.php#publishers.Read More