Betty White is sickened and heartbroken over the illegal killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe, and she has some harsh words for the American dentist who murdered the majestic beast.
The famed actress and longtime animal actress was quick to anger when asked about the lion’s senseless death on Thursday.
“You don’t want to hear some of the things I want to do to that man,” White told The Associated Press. “It’s such a heartbreaker. You can’t even talk about it, and to see this king of the jungle and personifying it in every way, this gorgeous creature. How can somebody do that?”
White is a huge animal lover and devotes a great deal of time to her favorite cause. She currently hosts Betty White’s Smartest Animals in America on GAC, published the book Betty & Friends: My Life at the Zoo in 2012 and is the co-chair of the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association. She is currently serving as the host of the Discovery Family Channel’s block programming “Pawgust,” focusing on specials, movies and shows about animals.
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White can rest assured that justice is being sought against Walter Palmer, the man who admitted killing the lion during an illegal hunt. Zimbabwe has started extradition proceedings — and Palmer is now in hiding, probably because he realizes a Zimbabwean prison is probably not a fun place to be.
The dentist “had a well-orchestrated agenda which would tarnish the image of Zimbabwe and further strain the relationship between Zimbabwe and the U.S.A.,” said Zimbabwe environment minister Oppah Muchinguri. “This must be condemned in the strongest possible terms by all genuine, animal-loving conservationists who believe in sustainable utilization of natural resources.”
White is not the only celebrity who has expressed disgust over the lion’s killing. Mia Farrow tweeted, then deleted, Palmer’s business address to help protesters find him, and Jimmy Kimmel gave a heartfelt and touching monologue during which he questioned the desire to hunt large game for sport in the first place.
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“Is it that difficult for you to get an erection that you need to kill things that are stronger than you?” he pondered.
Palmer remains in hiding, but the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, who is also investigating the hunt, would like to speak with him pronto.
“That investigation will take us wherever the facts lead. At this point in time, however, multiple efforts to contact Dr. Walter Palmer have been unsuccessful,” said Edward Grace, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s deputy chief of law enforcement.
“We ask that Dr. Palmer or his representative contact us immediately.”