Justice for Cecil

If you are as angry as I and many other Americans are over the brutal and senseless killing of that wonderful animal known as Cecil the Lion here are positive ways you can do something concrete about it.

First you need to contact the Government of Zimbabwe. Their contact information is:

The Hon. S. Kasukuwere, Minister Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate
11th Floor Kaguvi Building,
Cnr 4th Street/Central Ave P Bag
7753 Causeway
Harare, CA

Tel: 04 700991–9

E-Mail: ministry@environment.gov.zw

You need to tell them they must fully prosecute Mr. Palmer, his guide and the farmer who allowed them to hunt Cecil on their land for any violation of existing laws concerning poaching and animal abuse. They must be made aware that this is now an international incident and if proper punishment is not meted out to the guilty parties a worldwide boycott could form. Also if they truly want to stop such incidents from happening again they must set the example by imposing long time prison sentences and fines on the offenders and if existing laws are not strong enough, make them stronger.

Then contact:

Mr. Dan Ashe, Director
U. S. Fish and Wildlife Svc.
Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, N.W.
Washington DC 20240

Phone: (202) 208-3100
E-Mail: feedback@ios.doi.gov
Web: Feedback form

Tell them:

  1. We need the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to release their final rule on the listing of the African lion under the Endangered Species Act to help prevent imports of trophy animals killed in outrageous circumstances.

  2. We also need USFWS to look into violations of the Lacey Act. If there have been, Mr. Palmer and any accomplices must be held fully accountable.

  3. Officials in Zimbabwe already arrested two Zimbabweans. Public pressure must continue so they are held accountable as well as any business they were connected to – these bloody and violent trophy hunting businesses cannot get away with this cruelty.

Finally write the Governor of Minnesota and tell him actions speak louder than words when he commented about the killing saying, “Just horrible I’m just disgusted with that man". His contact information is:

Governor Mark Dayton Office Office of the Governor & Lt Governor
116 Veterans Service Building
20 W 12th Street
St. Paul, MN 55155

Telephone Numbers

Telephone: 651-201-3400
Toll Free: 800-657-3717
Minnesota Relay: 800-627-3529

Fax: 651-797-1850

e-mail: mn.gov/governor/contact-us/form/

Tell him to tighten up on laws in his state that would restrict the importation of any animal or any parts thereof outside the United States. This would stop hunters from going overseas to do their trophy hunting and bringing the animal or its parts thereof back into the state for any reason.

Also shut down all zoos, particularly roadside ones and ship all the animals to an accredited animal sanctuary.
These are all positive ways we can honor Cecil so losing his life will not be in vain.

Yesterday when I posted my article the contact forms I sent developed problems. The two were the Ministry of Environment, Climate and Water of Zimbabwe and The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Here are the correct contact forms:

Government of Zimbabwe:


U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service Contact Form:


Sorry for the error

There are now two new petitions for Cecil one being circulated on the White House Petition Site. The text reads as follows:
we petition the obama administration to:

Extradite Minnesotan Walter James Palmer to face justice in Zimbabwe.

Cecil the Lion, a resident of Zimbabwe’s national park, and an national icon was poached and killed this week. Media reports in the Guardian, Wall Street Journal and elsewhere have identified American Walter Palmer, a dentist from Minneapolis, MN as the poacher. He is alleged to have lured Cecil from the safety of the national park to kill him. Two of Palmer’s local accomplices are already in custody. Zimbabwe authorities now actively seeking Palmer in connection with this incident.
We urge the Secretary Of State John Kerry and the Attorney General Loretta Lynch to fully cooperate with the Zimbabwe authorities and to extradite Walter Palmer promptly at the Zimbabwe government’s request.
Published Date: Jul 28, 2015

Issues: Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement, Foreign Policy, Natural Resources

Here is the link to access and sign it:

petitions.whitehouse.gov//petit … e-zimbabwe

The second one is being circulated by Care2 and here is the link to access that one;

thepetitionsite.com/takeacti … m=25375200