MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Animal rights activists are asking the Minnesota Board of Dentistry to investigate the dentist who killed a protected lion in Zimbabwe.
The Animal Legal Defense Fund says it filed a complaint Wednesday alleging that Walter Palmer brought disrepute to Minnesota’s dental profession and should have his license revoked.
Palmer has admitted killing the lion, named Cecil, saying he relied on guides to ensure a legal hunt.
The California-based animal rights group noted that Palmer abruptly closed his office last week amid a barrage of criticism, including protests outside his office and thousands of negative posts on social media.
In Minnesota, anyone can file complaints to the dentistry board alleging unbecoming conduct. Details about investigations don’t become public unless the board takes corrective action.
Palmer hasn’t returned messages seeking comment.