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Cecil the Lion, Walter Palmer

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – An African Wake Forest University student is sharing his views about the Cecil the lion controversy in a letter to the New York Times.

Goodwell Nzou is a doctoral student from Zimbabwe studying molecular and cellular biosciences at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem.

The New York Times recently published a letter that he wrote entitled, “In Zimbabwe, We Don’t Cry for Lions.”

In the letter, the student criticizes Americans for “caring more about African animals than about African people.” He writes, in part:

Did all those Americans signing petitions understand that lions actually kill people? That all the talk about Cecil being “beloved” or a “local favorite” was media hype? Did Jimmy Kimmel choke up because Cecil was murdered or because he confused him with Simba from “The Lion King”?

Cecil the lion was shot by Walter Palmer, an American recreational big-game hunter, who had wounded him with an arrow from a crossbow. Cecil was tracked about 40 hours later and killed with a rifle.

Palmer, a dentist from Minnesota, has since faced a storm of criticism and has gone into hiding.

Click here to read Nzou’s full letter in the New York Times.