Target: His Excellency R.G. Mugabe, The President of Zimbabwe
Goal: Prosecute trophy hunter who has been arrested twice this year on alleged illegal hunting and smuggling charges.
We know who Walter Palmer is, but who is Theo Bronkhorst? Bronkhorst is one of the Zimbabwean guides that took Palmer on his inhumane quest for Cecil the Lion’s head. Bronkhorst was arrested for his role in Cecil’s killing and is awaiting trial. Arrested again the week of Sept. 14, Bronkhorst is now facing new charges of alleged animal smuggling. The purpose of his transport? To provide sable antelopes to a Zimbabwean “canned hunt” facility so they could be tracked down and killed for trophies. It’s time Bronkhorst be stopped for good.
It appears that he has yet to learn his lesson, despite the severe, global and much-needed fallout resulting from Cecil’s killing. Sable antelopes are beautiful creatures, with long, striking horns. It is these horns that make the creatures so coveted by hunters, particularly American game hunters. Wasn’t Bronkhorst just arrested for helping a certain other American game hunter?
Local Zimbabwean authorities confirmed intention to charge Bronkhorst with allegedly moving wild animals unpermitted, and they are also considering charging him with alleged animal smuggling. The validity of the permit to kill Cecil the Lion has also been called into question, so it certainly appears that Bronkhorst continually believes he is above Zimbabwe hunting laws.
What’s even more tragic is the intent behind the smuggle. Bronkhorst was gathering and collecting this priority species, meaning it is at risk of becoming compromised, for the sole purpose of trophy hunting. World outrage has made it clear enough is enough, and Bronkhorst must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law for his continued actions against Africa’s treasured species. Demand justice for the wild animals Theo Bronkhorst continues to disregard and insist on his full prosecution.
In the aftermath of Cecil the Lion’s horrific slaying, I am stunned to find out that Zimbabwean Theo Bronkhorst has been arrested again for yet another animal violation. I realize that Mr. Bronkhorst is awaiting trial for his actions in Cecil the Lion’s death, but when will this man be stopped?
The sable antelope is a glorious creature indigenous to your nation, and what a beautiful animal it is. To imagine them being rounded up and smuggled for the sole purpose of being hunted down and killed is unthinkable. To imagine someone earning an income by encouraging the beheading of these beautiful animals for a wall piece is disgusting. With all due respect, it begs to question whether your nation has learned its lesson as well.
There is no reason for trophy hunting of any kind. These creatures were not created to be tracked down, slaughtered inhumanely, and then beheaded and turned into wall decoration. It is repulsive that your country continues to allow this activity.
Do the right thing and stop your citizens profiting off trophy hunting. If Theo Bronkhorst is found guilty of his crimes, prosecute him to the fullest extent of the law and prove that you are as concerned about the welfare of your wildlife as you say you are.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Charles J. Sharp