U.S. Government Investigating Death of Cecil the Lion

I’m mourning King Cecil’s death just as much as any other animal lover…BUT, with all of the atrocities that are occurring on our own soil those government investigative resources could be put to better use right here! #PoliceKillingsOfInnocentCitizens #BlackLivesMatter #RIPCecil

TIME

The federal agency charged with enforcing wildlife protection laws in the U.S. said Wednesday that it will investigate the highly publicized death of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe, following accusations that an American citizen killed the animal illegally.

“The Service is deeply concerned about the recent killing of Cecil the lion,”a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service spokesperson said in a statement. “We are currently gathering facts about the issue and will assist Zimbabwe officials in whatever manner requested.”

The statement follows an allegation by the government of Zimbabwe that Walter James Palmer, a 55-year-old Minnesota dentist, participated in the illegal killing of the lion earlier this month. Two Zimbabwe natives have also been implicated and appeared in court on Wednesday.

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The U.S. and Zimbabwe have an extradition treaty, but it remains unclear how the U.S. would respond…

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