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US animal rights group wants dentist’s license revoked

August 5, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — U.S. animal rights activists are asking medical officials to investigate the dentist who killed a protected lion in Zimbabwe.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund says it filed a complaint to the Minnesota Board of Dentistry on 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 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 state dentistry board alleging unbecoming conduct. Details about investigations become public if the board takes corrective action.

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