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Jul 30, 2015

The Killing of Cecil the Lion

The Killing of Cecil the Lion

A Zimbabwean court on Wednesday charged a professional hunter with failing to prevent an American from unlawfully killing 'Cecil', the southern African country's best-known lion, in a case that has triggered widespread revulsion at trophy hunting.

The American, Walter James Palmer, a Minnesota dentist who paid $50,000 to kill the lion, has left Zimbabwe. He says he did kill the animal but believed the hunt was legal and that the necessary permits had been issued.

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Zimbabwean hunter Theo Bronkhorst waits to appear in Hwange magistrates court PHILIMON BULAWAYO/REUTERS

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Zimbabwean hunter Theo Bronkhorst is escorted by police as he waits to appear in Hwange magistrates court PHILIMON BULAWAYO/REUTERS

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Zimbabwean hunter Theo Bronkhorst waits to appear in Hwange magistrates court PHILIMON BULAWAYO/REUTERS

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Zimbabwean hunter Theo Bronkhorst waits to appear in Hwange magistrates court PHILIMON BULAWAYO/REUTERS

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Zimbabwean safari operator Honest Ndlovu waits to appear in Hwange magistrates court PHILIMON BULAWAYO/REUTERS

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A combination photo shows Zimbabwean safari operator Ndlovu and fellow countryman and hunter Bronkhorst waiting to appear in Hwange magistrates court PHILIMON BULAWAYO/REUTERS

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Stuffed animals block the doorway of Bloomington's River Bluff Dental clinic in protest against the killing a famous lion in Zimbabwe STAFF/REUTERS

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Resident Autumn Fuller, 10, places a stuffed animal at the doorway of River Bluff Dental clinic in protest against the killing of a famous lion in Zimbabwe, in Bloomington, Minnesota ERIC MILLER/REUTERS

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A family looks at stuffed animals that block the doorway of Bloomington's River Bluff Dental clinic in protest against the killing a famous lion in Zimbabwe ERIC MILLER/REUTERS

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A K-9 Unit Bloomington Police dog sniffs at stuffed animals blocking the doorway of River Bluff Dental clinic in protest against the killing of a famous lion in Zimbabwe, in Bloomington, Minnesota ERIC MILLER/REUTERS

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Mark Balma, an international artist based in California and Florence, Italy, paints a lion head on a canvas in the parking lot of River Bluff Dental clinic in protest against the killing of a famous lion in Zimbabwe, in Bloomington, Minnesota ERIC MILLER/REUTERS

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A woman leaves a note taped to the doorway of River Bluff Dental clinic in protest against the killing of a famous lion in Zimbabwe, in Bloomington, Minnesota ERIC MILLER/REUTERS

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A family sits in front of the doorway of Bloomington's River Bluff Dental clinic in protest against the killing of a famous lion in Zimbabwe ERIC MILLER/REUTERS

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Girl holds sign at the doorway of Bloomington's River Bluff Dental clinic in protest against the killing of a famous lion in Zimbabwe ERIC MILLER/REUTERS

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Protesters rally outside the River Bluff Dental clinic against the killing a famous lion in Zimbabwe, in Bloomington, Minnesota ERIC MILLER/REUTERS

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A woman hangs a sign on the front entrance of the River Bluff Dental clinic during a protest against the killing a famous lion in Zimbabwe, in Bloomington, Minnesota ERIC MILLER/REUTERS

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Protesters rally outside the River Bluff Dental clinic against the killing of a famous lion in Zimbabwe, in Bloomington, Minnesota ERIC MILLER/REUTERS

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Protesters rally outside the River Bluff Dental clinic against the killing of a famous lion in Zimbabwe, in Bloomington, Minnesota ERIC MILLER/REUTERS

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Protesters rally outside the River Bluff Dental clinic against the killing of a famous lion in Zimbabwe, in Bloomington, Minnesota ERIC MILLER/REUTERS

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Family looks at stuffed animals that block the doorway of Bloomington's River Bluff Dental clinic in protest against the killing of a famous lion in Zimbabwe ERIC MILLER/REUTERS

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