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Internet goes on a Hunt over #CecilTheLion

Internet goes on a Hunt over #CecilTheLion

Hunter being hunted: Phone number, address posted

This week’s collective global meltdown over the killing of Cecil the Lion has brought out the worst in both activists and everyday citizens who found themselves upset at Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer over the allegedly illegal hunt.

Actress Mia Farrow tweeted Palmer’s personal address. Screenshot via Twitchy:

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Other Twitter uses were quick to report the dox to the platform’s support staff, prompting Farrow to delete the tweet. Instead of leaving it at that, she decided to post another tweet, this time including Palmer’s business address:

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Farrow wasn’t the only one to jump on the dox train. Actress Rachel Kershaw also jumped into the fray, tweeting Palmer’s business address; she also went on a tear against her detractors—and sport hunting in general:

And on and on it goes. Palmer’s office has been inundated with phone calls and protesters, and activists have flooded his neighborhood, knocking on his door and harassing his neighbors.

Via the New York Times:

“WE ARE CECIL,” one read; “#CatLivesMatter,” read another. Nearby was a sign with a darker message for the dentist who said he killed the cat: “ROT IN HELL.”

The outrage and attention surrounding the lion’s death online caused Dr. Palmer to keep his office closed on Wednesday as he joined an ever-expanding group of people who have become targets of Internet vigilantism, facing a seemingly endless shaming until the next issue comes along.

Even a local crisis management expert was pulled in to the fray. The specialist, Jon Austin, who operates a Minneapolis-based communications firm, said in an email that he had been asked only to circulate Dr. Palmer’s initial statement.

On Wednesday, Mr. Austin ended his involvement with the matter, but not before his own Yelp page was flooded by angry commenters.

At Dr. Palmer’s office here, a memorial to the lion sprung up with red roses and more than a dozen plush toys, many of them jungle animals, strewn outside the locked front door.

“Murderer! Terrorist!” one protester, Rachel Augusta, screamed into a megaphone.

No one answered repeated knocks and doorbell rings at Dr. Palmer’s large, stucco house in an affluent neighborhood. And his neighbors would not talk.

This is scary. And dangerous. And a prime example of mob catharsis run wild.

I’m not going to sit here and pretend I’m thrilled with what Palmer did. I think that it’s fair to feel sad or angry about the way the hunt went down—but as a society, we’ve lost the ability to control our outrage. Firing off angry tweets about A Thing that Some Jerk Did that We Don’t Like? Fine. Encouraging the internet to launch a full-blown attack on The Jerk that We Don’t Like? No.

No, no, no.

The people who are encouraging violence over this incident aren’t just running their mouths; they’re saying to their loyal followers—get him. Ruin him. Make his life a living hell, and don’t spare the horses!

He has it coming because I SAY SO.

Palmer has gone underground; at least for now, this hopefully means that he is safe—but what has been done cannot be undone, which is a fact that these activists either haven’t considered, or (more likely) don’t particularly care about. They know they’ve ruined this man’s life over an offense that law enforcement could have investigated and dealt with, but they don’t care, because a jail sentence won’t change the fact that dammit, they are UPSET about this.

If it’s not instant catharsis, it’s no catharsis at all—which is a truth that the mob has not only embraced, but accepted and held up as justification for using other human beings as outrage bait.

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Henry Hawkins | July 30, 2015 at 9:06 pm

The purpose of due process of law is to protect people from the mad passions of mobs. We would do well to post the many tweets pointing this basic civilizing fact out rather than giving more publicity to the mob passion tweets.

    pst314 in reply to Henry Hawkins. | July 30, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    On the other hand, it’s good to make people aware of mob attacks–and of which celebrities, politicians and intellectuals are participating.

      Henry Hawkins in reply to pst314. | July 31, 2015 at 8:09 am

      For most Hollywood celebrities it is a foregone conclusion. All we see here are tweets from Mia Farrow and someone named Rachel Kershaw. Neither is an intellectual nor politician.

‘What lion?’ Zimbabweans ask, amid global Cecil circus

The environmentalists are blind to the millions of human lives slaughtered and resold by Planned Parenthood. They are convulsing over the loss of a known predator. Apparently, humans are the problem. They are a blemish on the green landscape.

#CecilThePredator
#AfricanLivesDontMatter

As one villager told a reporter, “No one asks about the people the lions kill.”

    tom swift in reply to Estragon. | July 30, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    Sounds like a Third World Pity Party.

    Of course nobody “asks”. No need. They know what to do, and do it without asking anybody’s permission. Large carnivores who discover that humans are not only easy to catch but are nutritious & delicious too are immediately hunted down and killed. This is true from Alaska to Manchuria and everywhere in between. And they’re not killed with those puny bows and arrows, either—in Africa they use shotguns to clean out “maneaters”; it’s work, not sport.

I hope the man has the good sense to keep his head down. In a week or two, this whole thing will blow over because of a new “outrage”, and it’ll be safe to come out again…but in the meantime, the crazies are on the prowl.

I would love to see this much energy directed against ISIS.

    My thoughts exactly. These celebs + internet cretins haven’t display the same outrage over the ongoing torture and mutilation of their fellow humans by ISIS.

    Need to call them out on it.

      Not A Member of Any Organized Political in reply to Aucturian. | July 31, 2015 at 3:51 pm

      If only this much energy directed against Planned Parenthood’s crimes against humanity…..

    Lady Penguin in reply to Valerie. | July 31, 2015 at 5:15 am

    Just imagine if the abortionists at Planned Parenthood underwent such an antagonistic reaction from the populace – they’d have been shut down decades ago. In the meantime, the Leftist encouraged cultural decline has desensitized the populace to the point that the outrage against PP selling fetal tissue and body parts comes from what’s left of a traditional, conservative base in America.

    The internet has helped our side immensely – going around the Leftist controlled malignant media, but it also has enabled a flash mob mentality – and when it’s emanates from the rabid Left, they’re dangerous.

    I was angry about Cecil, and don’t believe that the dentist was without knowledge of how close his guides were to the preserve, and the placing of bait to lure the lion would certainly have been with the idea that a lion from the preserve ‘could’ be attracted…but it’s up to the law to work this out, not vicious idiots.

    Fascists are outraged by the death of an animal, but hate mankind enough (and themselves) to think tearing unborn babies apart is okay. Must be a mental gene defect in them.

aka Karma.

I understand he was undocumented and in a sanctuary. What’s the big deal? Our cities are full of them and no one seems to care.

MouseTheLuckyDog | July 30, 2015 at 9:55 pm

I don’t understand the need to kill such things. I do understand the majesty of this carnivore. I don’t understand the need to kill such things. However I don’t understand BDSM or Dennis Rodman,either. ( Though I appreciate his years with the Bulls.) People like what they like, and as long as it does not involve extremely distasteful behavior fine. )

Something that the rabid proCecil people never mention. Cecil was on the high end of the lifetime of a male lion. He had at most two-three years. Better him then some 7 year old male lion.

    tom swift in reply to MouseTheLuckyDog. | July 30, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    In the lifetime of a lion two or three years is significant. In the wild they only live to fifteen, maybe sixteen at the outside. In captivity they can last a quarter century.

So … how is this disgraceful mob behavior worse than the abuse suffered by Adam Smith, that jerk who browbeat the poor woman at the drive-thru window at ChickFilA?

Ah, don’t pay any attention to that story about all the many bad things that Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger’s way to implement a eugenics program in the good Ol USA, about how they make hay from the death of unborn babies and their tiny little bodies, and as it turns out even from some born infants.

Yep, Cecil the Lion, in death, is saving PP! Ironic or not?

It’s as if the good dentist was responsible for the death of Lady Diana. Or…. the death of Lady Diana has been replaced by Cecil (not of Beanie and Cecil fame). Take your pick. Global gnashing of teeth and sack cloth for an animal that undoubtedly would munch on anyone stupid enough to pet him. “We hardly knew him… this noble beast”… it is a great looking lion but getting long on tooth and soon to be history anyway…. even kings of the jungle have their final days. Maybe a hashtag is needed to salve the global wounded heart… Organic brain disease is easy to spot…. as in real life a quick clap of the hands to a new “outrage” stops the crying… the next “crisis” will make Cecil fade.

    pst314 in reply to alaskabob. | July 30, 2015 at 10:52 pm

    “(not of Beanie and Cecil fame)”

    Cecil the Seasick Sock-puppet?
    Cecil the Seasick Social Justice Warrior?
    (ducks)

Juba Doobai! | July 30, 2015 at 10:59 pm

When that young woman was killed by a lion the other day, did anybody go hunt down the lion and protest in front of its den? I wonder why not.

As for Mia Farrow, serious moron. The lion was a “gentle protector”? Somebody’s watching too many cartoons.

Zimbabwe’s reaction: “what lion?”; “how come foreigners never say anything when a person is killed by a lion?”.

http://news.yahoo.com/lion-zimbabweans-ask-amid-global-cecil-circus-140822692.html.

Millions of babies butchered and their bodies dismembered with parts sold as if they’re in a junkyard. No outcry.

The lion was a “gentle protector”.

tell that to the cubs he killed

    Gremlin1974 in reply to Barry. | July 31, 2015 at 12:49 am

    Gentle protector my arse. Just because he wore a GPS collar. Instead of Gentle protector how about we call him what he was, Apex Predator.

    I keep hearing all the people whine and complain about the 6 cubs that were his that will probably be killed by the Beta lion. I guess they think that this lion was elected to his position. What about the cubs he killed when he became the alpha, I see no tears for them.

    Was he a beautiful and majestic creature? Absolutely!

    Was he taken in a legal fashion and or should he have been killed? Absolutely not, that has become apparent.

    Is it Dr. Palmers fault that the guides screwed the pooch? Nope, he paid they are supposed to handle the keeping it legal.

    Is it demeaning and silly to call a dangerous predator by some fru fru name in an attempt to humanize him? Absolutely.

Was the lion a Muslim or gay? If so, that dentist is in real trouble.

Jesus. “Gentle protector”?

Is she high? Has she never watch Animal Planet or a few old National Geographic Specials?

Lions are vicious predators. The new male that moves in on that Pride of Ex-Cecil? Will probably kill those cubs if he can separate them from the females long enough. Also Lions are not just predators but will also eat carrion. (that’s road kill for you or I)

They smell, they only eat meat, they will kill anything that they feel threatened by that enters their territory. They’re disease ridden they’re not a noble beast. That’s Hollywood.

And Cecil was 13 years old so he’d already lived longer than most in the wild.

These people are pathetic. There’s an entire organization dedicated to killing human babies and profiting from selling the whole parts that are left after they’ve been murdered and these people are upset over a stupid lion in Africa?

God’s vengeance on America is going to be awesome and fearful to behold.

I am a pro life Roman Catholic and your defense for Palmer is misguided. You see the photos of the animals he killed… Sick. This Palmer is wannabe serial killer. IMHO they all knew it was Cecil. This Palmer wanted Cecil’s black mane… I bet he paid this guide and land more than $55,000. Someone must of scene them in the act and the Hunter guide panic & went to officials to try to play dumb.

As for Palmer … Not liberal or conservative … But just … People like to have some happiness …. Solace … Somewhere to go in life like enjoying a creature like Cecil. This was taken away by this Palmer creaton…

Thank God for social media or this creaton be getting way with this

    This Palmer is wannabe serial killer.

    You’re quite mad.

    And I fail to see what your claim of being “a pro life Roman Catholic” has to do with anything. Shades of Axelrod’s astroturf operation circa 2008 & 2012. “I’m a concerned conservative Christian but…

For jakee 308 … Not everything is abortion … No creature should like Cecil. He was suffering with a arrows wound for 40 hours before the Creaton Palmer found him and finished him off.

As for God … God is eternal. God is not bound by time. Everything happens simultaneously. God is not sitting on Heaven getting mad while watching man so bad. God justice is for all not just one country or group of people.

    Lady Penguin in reply to max1968. | July 31, 2015 at 5:33 am

    That’s one of the problems that’s happened with Cecil’s story. Our side is angry because of the lack of outrage by the media regarding the horrific abortion practices supposedly just coming to light. But some of the outrage has been directed at people on our own side who are upset about both the terrible death of Cecil AND the abortion atrocities. There isn’t a day that goes by that we’re not working to stop the work of the abortionists, at times it seems hopeless…

    We can be upset about abortion and Cecil, and no they’re not equal, but this isn’t a game of comparisons.

    BTW, the anger conservatives are feeling for the LACK of response from the media and groups like the Hollywood Lefties, is misplaced. The media has been complicit in Planned Parenthood’s cover for over 40yrs. So, no surprise they’re not going to even pretend outrage. They’re made of the same cloth. (As an aside, CNN’s Jake Tapper, who we sometimes see do real journalism, is married to a PP higher up drone, so the sneer he wore throughout his two interviews with Carly Fiorina, now makes sense.)

    We have to go around the malignant media, and fortunately – this is the good part of the internet – it is providing us a tool to do just that.

Oops … should be no creature should suffer like Cecil did

max1968, please detail your proof and/or logic for your statement, “This Palmer is wannabe (sic) serial killer.”

Wait…let me get my popcorn first…because I plan on being thoroughly entertained.

innocent bystander | July 31, 2015 at 7:14 am

Lion kills man — 3rd World Problems

Man kills lion — 1st World Problems

Henry Hawkins | July 31, 2015 at 8:11 am

Let’s not rush to judgment. This whole thing could be a set-up conspiracy by the Lions Club. We all know what those bastards are like.

I found this on the LionAid website, a charity devoted to saving lions:

“Accusations are swirling, but let’s tease these complicated strands apart.

1. I[B]t is completely legal to bait lions in Zimbabwe[/B] – it is standard practice. [B]Cecil was shot with a bow and arrow from a blind. That is also legal. [/B]Cecil was shot badly and was only put out of his misery 40 hours later. That is what happens regularly in trophy hunting.

2.[B] Cecil was shot outside a national park in a private hunting concession. That is also legal. It is not illegal to kill radiocollared lions.[/B]

3. But Cecil was shot in an area not assigned a lion quota. Supposedly the bait was set for a leopard and then Cecil came along. The professional hunter, [B]Theo Bronkhorst told his client to shoot the lion, and then the hunt became illegal.[/B]

4. The professional hunter then allegedly attempted to destroy the radiocollar to hide the evidence. [B]Allegedly the client was “furious” when he found that the lion was radiocollared.[/B] Allegedly, when a professional hunter engages a client in an area without lion quota, the lion will be listed as hunted in an area that does have quota. This could have been standard practice, but unfortunately Cecil was a well-known lion.

6. There seems now to be a desire to find the “client” who shot Cecil. Some say he is Spanish, some say he is American. Whatever his nationality, this man cannot really be prosecuted. [B]A client does what his professional hunter tells him. A client usually has no idea about the laws and regulations of the country he is hunting in – he just buys a safari and then places himself in the hands of his professional hunter guide. [/B]Finding the client could be interesting to let him tell his side of the story, but in terms of legal prosecution this person is hardly important.

[url]http://www.lionaid.org/news/[/url]

I guarantee you that 99.99% of the outrageously outragety had NEVER EVER heard of the Lion before they got all outrageously outragety!

Mailman

The Shrine of “Our Lady of Perpetual Outrage” demands it’s weekly sacrifice!

Henry Hawkins | July 31, 2015 at 11:40 am

I feel a Sarah McLachlan commercial coming soon………..

scrmndemon07 | July 31, 2015 at 11:50 am

So, the death penalty is too cruel and unusual for the Boston Bomber or the Movie Theater Shooter…but the guy who shot the wrong lion must die.

A nation of pussies. This is what we get.

I live in an area where panthers used to roam. None here now. They were wiped out, not for food, but because they were a threat. I have no issue with game preserves or most hunting rules. One should not break them under normal circumstances. When one does, it is an administrative function, like a traffic ticket, not a felony murder.

It’s getting to the point where I’m ashamed to be a part of western society.

By some of the comments here, I would believe that either Palmer, his family or fellow hunters are posting

But seriously, some of who claim to be pro life , conservatives have posted some nasty comments.

    Henry Hawkins in reply to max1968. | July 31, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    I’m pro-life and I killed a 6 lb large mouth bass last weekend, plus a couple 4 lb catfish. Stepped on a hornet this morning. Although I didn’t personally kill it, a cow died to provide the leather for my belt.

    You are alone in believing that those who identify as ‘pro-life’ mean all species instead of humans. It is a very odd belief.

      Milhouse in reply to Henry Hawkins. | July 31, 2015 at 6:21 pm

      I don’t approve of hunting for sport, because deriving pleasure from killing tends to coarsen a person’s character. In other words, it’s bad for the hunter. But a) I don’t pretend I have any right to impose my view on anyone else; and b) it has nothing to do with the animals having some sort of “right to life”. The whole concept of rights only applies to people. Animals are things, and thus cannot have rights.

        Henry Hawkins in reply to Milhouse. | July 31, 2015 at 7:28 pm

        Yes, we’ve all been desperately awaiting your judgment on the issue. Thank you.

        What if the lion were talking too loudly on a bus, though?

        Barry in reply to Milhouse. | July 31, 2015 at 11:18 pm

        “I don’t approve of hunting for sport, because deriving pleasure from killing tends to coarsen a person’s character. In other words, it’s bad for the hunter.”

        Either you’re a vegetarian or you’re a killer.

        Odd, I’ve known many sport hunters that have a great deal of character. Methinks your just making psychobabble up because it’s not your cup of tea.

        By the way, I know two hunters that are vegetarians. They give the meat away to needy families.

Millions of [wholly innocent] babies indiscriminately killed and sold by Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry. Hundreds of Africans and animals (including lions) killed by Cecil et al. And the liberals are still stalking their human prey. It’s like Zimmerman, family, and random strangers all over again. Or perhaps the IRS, Wisconsin AG, or Texas “office of ethics”.

I found this on the LionAid website, a charity devoted to saving lions:

“Accusations are swirling, but let’s tease these complicated strands apart.

1. It is completely legal to bait lions in Zimbabwe[/B] – it is standard practice. [B]Cecil was shot with a bow and arrow from a blind. That is also legal. Cecil was shot badly and was only put out of his misery 40 hours later. That is what happens regularly in trophy hunting.

2. Cecil was shot outside a national park in a private hunting concession. That is also legal. It is not illegal to kill radiocollared lions.

3. But Cecil was shot in an area not assigned a lion quota. Supposedly the bait was set for a leopard and then Cecil came along. The professional hunter, Theo Bronkhorst told his client to shoot the lion, and then the hunt became illegal.

4. The professional hunter then allegedly attempted to destroy the radiocollar to hide the evidence. Allegedly the client was “furious” when he found that the lion was radiocollared. Allegedly, when a professional hunter engages a client in an area without lion quota, the lion will be listed as hunted in an area that does have quota. This could have been standard practice, but unfortunately Cecil was a well-known lion.

6. There seems now to be a desire to find the “client” who shot Cecil. Some say he is Spanish, some say he is American. Whatever his nationality, this man cannot really be prosecuted. A client does what his professional hunter tells him. A client usually has no idea about the laws and regulations of the country he is hunting in – he just buys a safari and then places himself in the hands of his professional hunter guide. Finding the client could be interesting to let him tell his side of the story, but in terms of legal prosecution this person is hardly important.

[url]http://www.lionaid.org/news/[/url]

I found this on the LionAid website, a charity devoted to saving lions:

“Accusations are swirling, but let’s tease these complicated strands apart.

1. It is completely legal to bait lions in Zimbabwe[/B] – it is standard practice. [B]Cecil was shot with a bow and arrow from a blind. That is also legal. Cecil was shot badly and was only put out of his misery 40 hours later. That is what happens regularly in trophy hunting.

2. Cecil was shot outside a national park in a private hunting concession. That is also legal. It is not illegal to kill radiocollared lions.

3. But Cecil was shot in an area not assigned a lion quota. Supposedly the bait was set for a leopard and then Cecil came along. The professional hunter, Theo Bronkhorst told his client to shoot the lion, and then the hunt became illegal.

4. The professional hunter then allegedly attempted to destroy the radiocollar to hide the evidence. Allegedly the client was “furious” when he found that the lion was radiocollared. Allegedly, when a professional hunter engages a client in an area without lion quota, the lion will be listed as hunted in an area that does have quota. This could have been standard practice, but unfortunately Cecil was a well-known lion.

6. There seems now to be a desire to find the “client” who shot Cecil. Some say he is Spanish, some say he is American. Whatever his nationality, this man cannot really be prosecuted. A client does what his professional hunter tells him. A client usually has no idea about the laws and regulations of the country he is hunting in – he just buys a safari and then places himself in the hands of his professional hunter guide. Finding the client could be interesting to let him tell his side of the story, but in terms of legal prosecution this person is hardly important.

I hate this happened, I am an animal lover but he hired a guide, the guide lurd the animal and the dentist was not malicious in killing of the protected and loved lion

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