Success: Investigation Launched into Murder of Cecil the Lion


Target: Chief of Law Enforcement for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ed Grace

Goal: Commend the United States Fish and Wildlife Service for promising to take necessary action against Cecil the Lion’s killer.

The federal agency responsible for enforcing animal protection laws in the United States has stated that it will investigate the death of Cecil the Lion. The move follows accusations that an American citizen, Dr. Walter Palmer, killed the lion illegally. The agency has expressed its concerns about the killing and is gathering facts about the matter. Animal rights activists around the world are outraged by Cecil’s cruel murder and their efforts, combined with the work of a ForceChange petition, to bring awareness to the killing were vital in ensuring that the federal government launched a full investigation.

The Zimbabwean government has accused Dr. Palmer of killing Cecil the Lion during a safari visit in Zimbabwe. According to the allegations, Dr. Palmer killed the star attraction at Hwange National Park even though the animal was under study and was being tracked by Oxford University researchers. Two Zimbabwean natives who were also implicated have already been arraigned in court and could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

Dr. Palmer claimed that he was not aware of the lion’s identity and that everything about his trip was handled properly. Reports have also uncovered that Dr. Palmer had hunted several big-name animals in the past. The United States Department of Justice is aware of the incident, though it remains unclear how it will respond to an extradition request.

Due to increased human conflicts and habitat loss, African lion populations are severely threatened. For this reason, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed that lions be listed as an endangered species to create restrictions on hunting. It is everyone’s duty to ensure that lions and other wildlife continue to roam freely in the wild.

Sign this petition to thank the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for launching an investigation into the murder of Cecil the Lion.


Dear Ed Grace,

There has been an uproar over the death of an iconic lion named Cecil, which is alleged to have been committed by a U.S. citizen. There have been calls for prosecution from the ForceChange community as well as other activists around the world. Two other individuals involved in the hunt have also been arraigned in court and could face jail time if found guilty.

Cecil the Lion was a national icon and a resident of Zimbabwe’s national park. The lion was a popular attraction for international visitors to Hwange National Park before his life was brutally cut short.

Cecil’s death is a disaster to Zimbabwe’s tourism and it is only right that your department take action against the alleged murderer. I would like to commend your department for launching an investigation into the matter, as that is a major step in ensuring necessary action is taken against the culprit. I urge you to cooperate with Zimbabwean authorities and apprehend the alleged suspect, Dr.Walter Palmer.


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  1. Even if the dentist could claim that he thought “….that everything about his trip was handled properly”, why did he not question 2 important facts (which he MUST have witnessed) – namely: (1) that a dead buck was being used as bait to lure a lion out of the adjacent game reserve (where hunting was not permitted) – probably through a hole cut in a fence; and (2) his hosts tried to smash the GPS collar to destroy evidence of having killed a lion that was being especially monitored? Did he think this was the normal way to conduct a hunt?

    • Lila Brtko says:

      Very valid facts Stephanie Geyser! Thought the same myself. I just hope the govt org’s & prosecution figures that out in time… RIP Cecil

  2. Kae Blecha, OTR says:

    Glad to see that the FWS steps up when everyone is looking at them. BTW, I appreciated The Onion’s fake quote attributed to Dr. Palmer: “From a distance, the lion looked like a total nobody.”

  3. The publicity the case has received up to now will not bring Cecil, or any other lion, back. It may point out the need for much tougher regulation in the field. “Extraditing” the US culprits is almost puerile a suggestion when countries like Zimbabwe secretly encourage the ‘trade’ in the first place! If killing is all such heroes must (didn’t Palmer say it was an “activity” that he “liked”??): why not pick on something their own size, using bow and arrow on each other? It is what they did in the Middle-Ages after all. Backward to the core!

  4. Lisbeth Alvarado Sanchez says:

    This murderer knew perfectly well what he was doing. He has killed other innocent animals in the past, whose lifes were also precious. Please punish this scumbag to the full extent of the law and don’t allow him to continue killing.

  5. Jaime Perez says:

    I think Palmer should be made an example of to all other trophy hunters, that the killing of innocent animals will not be tolerated. Especially since he did it such an illegal way and lied about it. Send him back to Zimbabwe to face the music.

  6. How about we put Dr Palmer on a list of “endangered species” … although one that will never receive any protection, let alone empathy. He is clearly a very sick individual who obviously feels the need to senselessly murder wildlife (endangered or not) for is own pleasure and ego. This is actually an atrocity that affects every human on this planet. If this narcissistic moron isn’t properly prosecuted and punished, that will only give the green light to others like him. We just can’t let that happen !!!!!!!!

  7. The pain never ceases nor does it lessen — it’s still heartbreaking.

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