The hunter of Cecil the Lion, Theo Bronkhorst, was released by Zim police as they dropped his smuggling charges he was accused of after his capture earlier this week.
Citing from the state media, the sable antelope smuggling charges had been withdrawn “for lack of evidence”. which is rather ridiculous as he was clearly caught smuggling 29 animals and trophies to poachers and canned farm operators. The charges against him for the possession of trophies still remains but it is uncertain where the court trial may go as Bronkhorst’s states that Bronkhorst denies ownership of the trophies and defers the charge to his two co-conspirators who were caught with him. The court has allowed him to bail out with $100.
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It is speculated that the charges were dropped because the First Lady of Zimbabwe, Grace Mugabe, had made a statement earlier this week about letting the poachers go. Bribery is also another possibility.
Charges against him for preventing an illegal hunt of Cecil the Lion still remains on him as he is scheduled for trial on Sept 28th
With a justice system that corrupted, animal lovers around the world must unite and work together and lobby our government to put pressure on the corrupted Zim government and deliver fair Justice for Cecil.
Here are a few things you can do:
1- Spread the word
People need to hear that the trophy hunters are getting away. the more people we inform, the more we can do to pressure the Zim government to listen to us and do the right thing.
2- Join a protest-
Cecil’s Pride is proud to support anti-trophy hunting protests as well as rallies for Cecil. Check out our events page to know when our next protest is taking place.
3- Write or phone the Zim Embassy
Address: 1608 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009, United States