The petition, which urges Secretary of State John Kerry and Attorney General Loretta Lynch to extradite U.S. citizen Palmer to Zimbabwe, demands he “face justice” for killing the country’s “national icon.”
According to Whitehouse.gov, any petition that reaches over 100,000 signatures within 30 days requires a response from the government. The Cecil petition had 137,648 signatures at the time of publication. h/t time
Palmer, a dentist from the Minnesota area, has become a figure of global outrage when it was revealed he killed a beloved, 13-year-old lion in Zimbabwe. Palmer has since apologized and said he will cooperate with authorities, and said he did not know the hunt was illegal.