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Trial postponed for U.S. lion hunter's guide

Wednesday, August 05, 2015 - 01:44

The guide charged with failing to stop American dentist and trophy hunter Walter Palmer from killing Cecil the lion says sustainable hunting is essential and ''has got to continue.'' Gavino Garay reports.

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+++ RESENDING SCRIPT TO CORRECT SPELLING OF "GOT" IN INTRO +++ Theo Bronkhorst is charged with breaching hunting rules and failing to stop American trophy hunter Walter Palmer from illegally killing its celebrated lion Cecil. He says the allegations against him are "crazy." JOURNALIST ASKING: "What is your feeling about the issue of hunting in Zimbabwe?" (SOUNDBITE) (English) ZIMBABWEAN HUNTER, THEO BRONKHORST, SAYING: "It's an integral part of our country and it has got to continue and if we do not use wildlife sustainably, there will be no wildlife." Bronkhorst's trial has been postponed to September 28 -- but Palmer, who Zimbabwe wants extradited to face poaching charges -- is still nowhere to be found. In the U.S., the issue of trophy hunting in the wake of Cecil's death has provoked controversy. North Carolina Attorney Kieran Shenahan, who's hunted in Africa before, calls himself a "conservation hunter." (SOUNDBITE) (English) NORTH CAROLINA ATTORNEY KIERAN SHANAHAN "Nothing that I've ever shot, or conservation hunters will shoot, are endangered in any way. Secondly, the government has blessed and given permits for everything that a conservation hunter, including myself, has ever hunted." Others vehemently disagree. President of the U.S. Humane Society Wayne Parcelle (puh-SELL-lee) says he sees no rationale for beheading animals. (SOUNDBITE) (English) WAYNE PACELLE (puh-SELL-lee) PRESIDENT OF THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE U.S, SAYING: "This one trophy hunter paid $50,000 dollars to kill this big, male, black-maned lion. There's no question that thousands of people came to Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe just to see Cecil. He would have generated millions of dollars if he had been allowed to live." The man at the center of the storm, Dr Palmer, is laying low. His vacation home in southern Florida has been vandalized - slabs of raw meat line his driveway.. For now, there's no indication when, or where he may return.

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Trial postponed for U.S. lion hunter's guide

Wednesday, August 05, 2015 - 01:44