TTAG is a fan of Sporting Classics Daily. While we work on establishing a content sharing agreement, we thought we’d post a link to their most excellent blog post, Newspaper Publishes Map of Walter Palmer’s Property. You may remember Dr. Palmer as the dentist who shot the anthropomorphized animal known as Cecil the Lion (with an arrow, but still). SCD’s post highlights the Minnesota Star Tribune’s front page story that identifies the exact location of Dr. Palmer’s hunting ranch, enabling the hunt haters calling for Dr. Palmer’s head. Here’s SCD’s comment on the story . . .
Editors’ note: The editors of Sporting Classics and Sporting Classics Daily would like to express our extreme aversion to and disappointment with the Star Tribune’s choice to publish a map of Walter Palmer’s property. While the investigation is ongoing, Palmer has yet to be charged with any crimes. He has, however, been the victim of vandalism at his Florida property, as well as the recipient of numerous death threats, including a call for his hanging by PETA.
Enabling radicals to track his whereabouts—even passively—is morally reprehensible no matter the political or idealogical viewpoint. Though the access to Palmer’s property information can be legally obtained, it is ethically irresponsible to publish material that may lead to what is, in effect, a lynching.
We urge the Star Tribune to remain professional in its coverage of Cecil the lion’s death and the subsequent investigation of Walter Palmer.