Zimbabwe to U.S.: Extradite dentist over killing of Cecil the lion
Zimbabwean police said Tuesday they are searching for an American who allegedly shot a well-known, protected lion with a crossbow in a killing that has outraged conservationists and others. (Source: Bryan Orford/YouTube)
As outrage grows over the killing of Cecil the lion, Zimbabwe called on the United States to extradite the American dentist who shot the lion this month.
Zimbabwe has started the extradition proceedings, and hopes the U.S. will cooperate, said Oppah Muchinguri, the African nation's environment minister.
Walter Palmer allegedly paid $50,000 this month to kill the lion with a bow and arrow near Hwange national park in western Zimbabwe.
A White House petition requesting that Palmer, who killed a prized lion in Zimbabwe, be extradited to the African nation to face justice may receive a response from the Obama administration.
The petition needed to receive 100,000 signatures by August 27 to get a response. It had nearly 150,000 signatures by early Friday.