The professional hunter whose client killed Cecil the Lion is finally speaking out about the hunt, and anti-hunters definitely don’t like it.
Johannesburg (AFP) – Professional Zimbabwean hunter Theo Bronkhorst told AFP Friday he did nothing wrong on the hunt that killed Cecil the lion, adding he was shocked to find the animal was wearing a tracking collar.
Bronkhurst’s client, US dentist Walter Palmer, has gone into hiding amid a global outpouring of anger after he used a bow and arrow to shoot Cecil, a popular draw for tourists at Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park.
Bronkhorst also revealed that Palmer, who paid $55,000 for the hunt, had posed for a photograph next to Cecil’s body as is normal for trophy hunters.
“I don’t believe I failed in any duties at all, I was engaged by a client to do a hunt for him and we shot an old male lion that I believed was past his breeding age,” Bronkhorst said in telephone interview.
“We had obtained the permit for bow hunting, we had obtained the permit for the lion from the council,” Bronkhorst told AFP, speaking from Bulawayo.
“We had done everything above board.
“I don’t foresee any jail sentence at all, I think it’s been blown out of proportion by social media and I think it’s been a deliberate ploy to ban all hunting and especially lion hunting in Zimbabwe.”
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