Ted Nugent Defends Lion Killer: 'Hunting is Legal and Essential'
Outspoken rocker Ted Nugent is coming to the defense of Dr. Walter Palmer following public uproar against the dentist for hunting a lion.
Nugent took to Facebook in a comment when a fan asked: “What is your thoughts on Cecil the Lion and Walter Palmer, Ted?"
Nugent wrote: "It was a wild lion from a 'park' where hunting is legal and ESSENTIAL beyond the park borders. All animals reproduce every year & would run out of room/food to live w/o hunting. God are people stupid."
The controversy has even reached the White House.
A WhiteHouse.gov petition calling for Dr. Palmer to be extradited to Zimbabwe has reached over 100,000 signatures, meaning the White House must provide an official response. By Thursday afternoon, it had reached 140,000 signatures.
On Thursday, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest confirmed the petition has “reached the threshold” that would require a response but did not suggest when the request would be answered.
He added that requests such as prosecution and extradition are handled by the Department of Justice.
On Wednesday, he said that President Obama, who has just finished a four-day trip to Africa, is aware of the killing of Cecil.
This comes as more celebrities are joining the chorus against the dentist. Whoopi Goldberg said on The View: "That was not a hunt! That was a murder!"
Sharon Osbourne added to INSIDE EDITION: "He is a heinous person. I want to see him destroyed."
INSIDE EDITION’s Les Trent also spoke to the head of PETA, Ingrid Newkirk, who actually tweeted the dentist should be "extradited, charged, &, preferably, hanged."
Trent asked: "You don't really mean that?"
She said: "I don't really mean that literally, of course. It is just a figure of speech. Just to say he should stand trial."
Actress Tippi Hedren, who works with lions on a preserve in California, isn't holding back her disgust either.
She said: "So far, I am on the side of this man being punished severely. He should end up in jail forever."
But actress Mia Farrow is taking the heat for tweeting his office address to her 655,000 followers.
“Are you trying to send a mob?" Went one reaction.
Another was: "I hate what he did, but giving out his address isn't the way to go."
Farrow later removed the address.
On MSNBC, even her son Ronan Farrow questioned whether the firestorm has gone overboard. He said: "Nobody wants people getting hurt in addition to lions."
Others wonder why the furor over Cecil the lion is dwarfing other social issues.
Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio tweeted:
Look at all this outrage over a dead lion, but where is all the outrage over the planned parenthood dead babies.— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) July 29, 2015
Dr. Palmer claims he did nothing wrong and has reached out to his patients.
In a letter, he said: "I deeply regret that my pursuit of an activity I love and practice responsibly and legally resulted in the taking of this lion. That was never my intention."
But for now, he's a marked ma. Authorities say they are not providing the dentist with any security.
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