The Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a complaint August 5 to the Minnesota Board of Dentistry alleging Dr. Walter Palmer brought disrepute to the dental profession in Minnesota and should have his professional license revoked for killing a beloved 13-year-old lion named Cecil. Palmer has admitted to killing Cecil but blames the kill on guides, who led him to believe he was on a legal hunt.
Palmer closed his office last week after protests were held outside the building and thousands of complaints and threats were received on social media. Although the investigation into Palmer by the Minnesota Board of Dentistry won’t become public unless Palmer is disciplined, anyone can file a complaint with the board by clicking here.
In an August 5 report by CBS Minnesota Executive Director of the Animal Legal Defense Fund Stephen Wells stated
“Our supporters in Minnesota want to see their Board of Dentistry uphold the high standards of the profession and revoke Mr. Palmer’s license.”
The Animal Legal Defense Fund said this isn’t the first time Palmer has been in legal trouble concerning animals. The group claims Palmer was charged in Wisconsin in 2006 with felony charges for illegally killing a black bear. In 2008 Palmer pleaded guilty to making false statements about the kill and received a year of probation and a fine of almost $3,000.
According to the Minnesota Board of Dentistry website, their mission statement says
“To ensure that Minnesota citizens receive quality dental health care from competent dental health care professionals.”
Surely Walter Palmer has shown he no longer falls into the category of being a “competent” dentist.