2nd American Accused of Killing Lion Illegally in Zimbabwe

- VOA News Victor Beattie,August 4, 2015

Zimbabwe authorities, who recently requested that Washington extradite a Minnesota dentist for allegedly poaching a rare, black-maned lion, have accused a second American of illegally killing another lion.

Pennsylvania medical doctor Jan Casimir Seski, a bow hunter, has been accused of illegally killing a lion near Hwange National Park in April. Safari organizer and landowner Headman Sibanda has been arrested in the case.

The announcement follows last week's revelation that dentist and bow hunter Walter Palmer killed a locally popular, black-maned lion in early July.  

The killings have generated an international debate over trophy hunting and have prompted Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority to suspend hunting of lions, leopards and elephants around Hwange.

In a statement last week, Palmer said he believed he was acting legally when he killed Cecil on July 1. He said he used professional guides and secured all proper permits. 

On Wednesday, guide Theo Bronkhorst faces trial in Zimbabwe on a charge of failing to prevent an illegal hunt with Palmer. In an interview with the French news agency AFP, he denied allegations that they lured the wounded Cecil out of Hwange and killed him with a gun. He has pleaded not guilty.

Conservationist Jack Hanna, who'd directed the Columbus Zoo in Ohio, said Sunday on the ABC newscast "This Week" that the lion population has declined dramatically in the last 70 years.

"In 1947, when I was born, there were about 450,000 lions" worldwide, he said. The number had dropped to 100,000 in the mid-1970s, he added, and fewer than 30,000 remain today.

He urged "immediately considering the loss of lions," perhaps redistributing some from areas where they're plentiful to supportive habitats where they're otherwise disappearing.

Hanna called for more careful consideratin of trophy hunting, in which parts of a slain animal, such as the skin, antlers or head, are kept for display.

"I'm not saying an end to everything," he said. "The predator-prey relationship is messed up in a lot of places, so you have to work on that." 

Meanwhile, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is investigating the Palmer case. The dentist has not been seen in public since the story broke last week. His office is closed and he reportedly has received death threats.Comments have flooded the Twitter hashtag #CecilTheLion.

U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner on Friday declined to discuss Zimbabwe's request that Palmer be sent there for trial.

又一美国人被指控在津巴布韦非法猎杀狮子

- 美国之音贝蒂,2015年8月4日

又有一名美国人被津巴布韦当局指控非法猎杀狮子。此前,津巴布韦要求美国引渡涉嫌偷猎一头罕见黑鬃狮子的明尼苏达州牙医帕尔默。这次偷猎事件引发了全球范围内关于战利品狩猎的争论。

津巴布韦指控宾夕法尼亚医生塞斯基今年4月在万盖国家公园用弓箭猎杀了一头狮子。

地产主和狩猎组织者斯班达在这次案件中被捕。津巴布韦国家公园和野生动物管理局叫停了在万盖地区猎杀狮子、豹子和大象的活动。

上星期,著名黑鬃狮子西塞尔惨遭帕尔默杀死的消息在全球社交媒体上引起了公愤。

帕尔默7月28号发表声明说,他相信他7月1日猎杀西塞尔属于合法狩猎行为。他说他雇佣的是专业向导,并且办理了所有应办的许可证。

帕尔默的向导布朗克霍斯特8月5日将在津巴布韦出庭受审,罪名是未能阻止非法狩猎。在接受法新社的采访时,他否认了所谓他们将受伤的西塞尔诱离万盖公园并用猎枪将其击毙的指控。他不承认有罪。

环保人士、哥伦布公园的荣誉主任杰克.汉拿8月2日在美国的电视节目中说,过去的70年里,狮子的数量骤减。

他说:“1947年我出生那年,全世界有大约45万只狮子。20世纪70年代中期,我的孩子们出生的时候,只有大概10万只。现在,不到3万只了。”

汉拿被问到现在是不是到了结束所谓“战利品狩猎”的时候了。在这种有选择性的针对野生动物的狩猎中,动物尸体的一部分,比如皮毛、角或头颅,会被作为战利品保存。

汉拿说:“我认为我们必须考虑这些问题。我不是说结束所有的事情。在很多地方,狩猎者和猎物间的关系非常混乱,必须解决。不过,鉴于狮子数量减少到3万只,必须马上考虑这个问题。我们也许不得不把这些动物从数量较多的地区转移到有需求的地区。”

与此同时,美国渔业与野生动物服务局说,正在调查帕尔默案件,而推特上则出现了大量有关狮子西塞尔的评论。自从上周这个事件曝光后,帕尔默就没有在公开场合露过面,他的办公室关门,据报道他收到了死亡威胁。