Text of the WhiteHouse.gov petition, which has received almost 76,000 signatures since it was created yesterday:
Extradite Minnesotan Walter James Palmer to Face Justice in Zimbabwe
Cecil the Lion, a resident of Zimbabwe’s national park, and a national icon, was poached and killed this week. Media reports in the Guardian, Wall Street Journal and elsewhere have identified American Walter Palmer, a dentist from Minneapolis, MN as the poacher. He is alleged to have lured Cecil from the safety of the national park to kill him. Two of Palmer’s local accomplices are already in custody. Zimbabwe authorities now actively seeking Palmer in connection with this incident.
We urge the Secretary Of State John Kerry and the Attorney General Loretta Lynch to fully cooperate with the Zimbabwe authorities and to extradite Walter Palmer promptly at the Zimbabwe government’s request.
WhiteHouse.gov petitions require 100,000 signatures to receive a response from White House staff.
The lion in question was lured out of a national park with meat, shot with a crossbow, followed for 40 hours as it suffered, then finished off with a gunshot. Its body was found decapitated and skinned.
Slate reports that Palmer can be extradited to Zimbabwe under US extradition agreements with that country.
Since being posted on Tuesday, the petition has received more than 211,000 signatures, far surpassing the 100,000 signatures required to receive a formal response from White House staff.