Bushman Safaris, based in Hwange, which since 1992 has offered hunting holidays recently had its license suspended by the Zimbabwe Professional Hunters and Guides Association.
Rationale behind it being the unethical practice of using bait to lure Cecil and denying him a "farir chase". "Ethics are certainly against baiting. Animals are supposed to be given a chance of a fair chase," said Emmanuel Fundira, the association's president. "In fact, it was not a hunt at all. The animal was baited, and that is not how we do it. It is not allowed."
Dentist Palmer claims ignorance that the animal was wrongly hunted. "I hired several professional guides and they secured all proper permits," he said. "To my knowledge, everything about this trip was legal and properly handled and conducted."
Let's hope they will not lift the suspension and keep them out of business.