Jimmy Kimmel attacked lion-slaying dentist Walter J. Palmer's manhood and PETA wants the doctor dead in the latest expressions of outrage over the hunter's killing of the majestic cat Cecil.


"Why are you shooting a lion in the first place? I mean, I'm honestly curious to know why a human being would feel compelled to do that. How is that fun?" Kimmel asked on Tuesday night's Jimmy Kimmel Live.

"Is it that difficult for you to get an erection that you need to kill things that are stronger than you? If that's the case, they have a pill for that. It works great!

"Just stay home and swallow it and you save yourself a lifetime of being the most hated man in America who never advertised JELL-O pudding on television."


Cecil was being tracked by Oxford resaerchers from its Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, which has been monitoring him for many years.

Kimmel choked up when he asked the audience to donate to the group. The response has been so overwhelming that the group's website crashed.

"I think it's important to have something good come out of this disgusting tragedy," he said.

Kimmel also was dismayed that Palmer, a bow-and-arrow hunter, turned out to be an American.

Initial reports said a Spaniard was responsible.

"I have to admit, when I saw it, I was so relieved it wasn't an American. I really was. I was like, 'This is terrible, but thank God it wasn't one of us for once.' And then I went online this morning and it turns out it was an American. It was one of us. It was a dentist from Minnesota who paid $50,000 to shoot the lion."

Palmer said he paid two guides in Zimbabwe, Africa, to take him hunting. Those two -- hunterTheo Bronkhorst and private game park owner Honest Ndlovu -- were in court Wednesday facing poaching charges, Theycould be fined $20,000 and possibly jailed for up to 10 years.

The Zimbabwe government also wants to arrest Palmer, who fled Africa, closed his dentist office in Minnesota, and is now in hiding.

Palmer is public enemy number one now on social media, with the famous and not-so-famous.

Calls for his demise have also emerged.

Animal activists from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals tweeted: "If, as reported, this dentist & guides lured #CeciltheLion out of the park with food so as to shoot him on private property because shooting #CeciltheLion in the park would have been illegal, he needs to be extradited, charged, &, preferably, hanged."

“I hired several professional guides, and they secured all proper permits. To my knowledge, everything about this trip was legal and properly handled.
“I had no idea that the lion I took was a known, local favorite, was collared and part of a study until the end of the hunt. I relied on the expertise of my local professional guides to ensure a legal hunt.
“Again, I deeply regret that my pursuit of an activity I love and practice responsibly and legally resulted in the taking of this lion,” the statement concluded.

John A. Oswald is editor-at-large at Metro and can be found on Twitter@nyc_oz.
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