American Dentist Charged for Killing Famous Lion

September 22, 2015

Unlocking Word Meanings

Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article. 

1. provoke /prəˈvoʊk/ (v.) – to cause something (usually an emotion or an action)
Example: The issue provoked anger among many citizens.

2. try /traɪ/ (v.) – to hold a trial to know whether or not a person is guilty of a crime
Example: My neighbor is being tried for animal cruelty.

3. mislead /mɪsˈlid/ (v.) – to make a person believe wrong information
Example: The tour guide misled the tourists.

4. boundary / ˈbaʊndri / (n.) – the point where an area ends and where another one starts
Example: We built a fence to mark the boundaries between our lands.

5. hunt /hʌnt/ (v.) – to search for, catch, and kill an animal
Example It is illegal to hunt endangered species.


Read the text below.
The government of Zimbabwe has charged a dentist from Minnesota for killing a famous lion near one of the country’s national parks.

In July, Dr. Walter James Palmer killed the popular old lion called Cecil during a hunt near the Hwange [WANG-gey] National Park. According to the government of Zimbabwe, the hunt was illegal because it was done without the necessary permits. Aside from Palmer, the government also charged the professional guide and the owner of the private land where Cecil was killed.

The killing of Cecil the lion provoked anger among many people around the world. In fact, a citizen from New York started a White House petition to send Palmer to Zimbabwe so he can be tried for illegally killing the lion. As of mid-August, more than 230,000 people have already signed the said petition.

In his defense, Palmer said that he was misled by his guide, Theo Bronkhorst. Bronkhorst, however, stated that he had all the needed permits to kill a lion outside the boundaries of the national park.

Killing animals that are endangered is part of a practice called “trophy hunting.” For this practice, a large number of North American and European hunters go to Africa to hunt rare and large animals like lions and elephants.

Trophy hunters usually pay a large amount of money to be able to hunt in a certain area. According to these hunters, trophy hunting actually helps conserve animal species, as the proceeds from this activity are said to go to environmental or animal-focused advocacy groups.

Viewpoint Discussion

Enjoy a discussion with your tutor.  

Discussion A

·         Do you think the US government should send Palmer to Zimbabwe to be tried? Why or why not?
·         Do you approve of trophy hunting? Why is that so?

Discussion B

·         Why do you think more and more animals are becoming endangered nowadays?
·         How can animal extinction affect people? 

September 22, 2015