While the Obama administration says it stands by Planned Parenthood and has no plans to act on shocking videos of doctors offering body parts of aborted babies for sale, they will move fast to get to the bottom of what happened to Cecil the Lion.
US Fish and Wildlife Director Dan Ashe tweeted out the news on Thursday:
USFWS is investigating the tragic killing of #CecilTheLion. Will go where facts lead. Efforts to contact Dr. Palmer so far unsuccessful.— Dan Ashe (@DirectorDanAshe) July 30, 2015
Later in the day Ashe had an update.
Of course the babies and the parts for sale is happening in the United States; Cecil the Lion was killed in Zimbabwe, an area where the Obama administration has no jurisdiction.
In Zimbabwe, Reuters is reporting that the government has no comment on Cecil; local media are not interested in the story and locals are perplexed by the outrage.
"Are you saying that all this noise is about a dead lion? Lions are killed all the time in this country," said Tryphina Kaseke, a used-clothes hawker on the streets of Harare. "What is so special about this one?"
As with many countries in Africa, in Zimbabwe big wild animals such as lions, elephants or hippos are seen either as a potential meal, or a threat to people and property that needs to be controlled or killed.