Canadian Broadcasting Corporation spoke with Professor David Cassuto, an expert in animal law, about the legal repercussions of the “Cecil the Lion” case. American Walter Palmer traveled to Zimbabwe recently where he killed the beloved lion while on a hunting expedition. The case has become an international incident with calls for Palmer’s extradition to Zimbabwe to face prosecution.
Professor Cassuto discussed possible charges, including bribery and poaching, and whether it would be better to try Palmer in the United States or in Zimbabwe. He noted that the United States Endangered Species Act would not apply in this case as lions are not included among protected animals.
“However, poaching is a crime in both countries,” notes Professor Cassuto.
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