All That Remains’ Phil Labonte + Sharon Osbourne Offer Very Different Reactions to Lion Killer Story
The Internet has been abuzz with backlash against a Minnesota dentist named Walter Palmer, a hunter in his free time, who shot and killed a 13-year-old protected male lion named Cecil in Zimbabwe. According to the Zimbabwe Conservation Task, Cecil was lured out of a national part with food, shot with a crossbow, tracked for over 40 hours, then shot by Palmer with a gun. The murder of the animal also left many of the lion cubs left behind now unprotected and at the risk of being killed as well without Cecil around to protect the pride. Cecil was also part of a study on lions being conducted by Oxford University.
As expected, once the story hit the Internet, there was plenty of strong reaction and debate. Among those weighing in on the topic was outspoken All That Remains frontman Phil Labonte. His statement on the matter read as follows.
So some hunter shot a lion that apparently was fairly docile. The people who disagree with that action have called for his business to be shut down, called for the federal government to revoke his citizenship, and I've even seen one that hopes for his family, not him, his FAMILY to get terminal cancer and die. This is us, this is who we are. Can't shoot a lion, but you can dissect an unborn human for profit or research. This is our society. And people wonder why I'm a misanthrope.
Labonte's comments also generated quite a bit of feedback. When one of his followers stated, "Abortions aren't done for research. The research comes after as a way to make the remnants useful," the singer replied, "Abortions are done to prevent crime and poverty. Why doesn't change the facts. And incentivizing planned parenthood to perform abortions is gross on any level." While a number of comments followed, the singer did not add to his statement.
Another person asked what was the point of killing the lion in its habitat and stated that he felt that the dentist should pay a hefty fine or serve jail time for his actions. Labonte responded, "There's no real reason. I'm not a huge proponent of trophy hunting, but I don't advocate punishment."
Meanwhile, Sharon Osbourne, like a number of other celebrities, had a more vitriolic reaction to Palmer killing Cecil the Lion. Her comments played out in a series of tweets that can be read below.
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