No one has been charged for the killing of Zimbabwe’s most famous lion. The America dentist, Walter Palmer, who tried to kill him with a bow and arrow was not charged because he had legal papers to kill him.
And now the man who arranged the hunt has also got off scot free. The high court in Zimbabwe has dropped charged against the professional hunter Theo Bronkhorst who led the expedition to kill the prized lion.
As I recall it was Bronkhorst who executed the coup de grâce on Cecil outside the reserve after Palmer failed to kill him.
We are told that the charges against Bronkhorst were “flawed”. What he did was not an offence under Zimbabwe law. He was charged with failing to prevent an illegal hunt. But the hunt was legal by all accounts.
Bronkhorst argued that he had the necessary permits to kill Cecil outside the national park boundaries. The original alleged wrongdoing was that Cecil had been killed outside the unfenced reserve.
This was a high profile trophy hunting case/story. Palmer had to go into hiding as he has vilified internationally for his deeds. His behaviour epitomised the blood lust of sport hunters who travel to Africa to kill big game decimating wild life numbers even though they claim sport hunting is good for conservation.
What conclusion can we draw from this depressing news? Simple: the laws of Zimbabwe stink when it comes to wild life conservation. We know that, in fact. It is a corrupt country run by a megalomanic.