Cecil: Are we angry about the right thing?



I have sat quietly watching the discussion about the killing of Cecil the lion and taking in arguments from both sides. It’s now about time I added my own two cents.

Let me start by saying I do not like hunting. I have never, and will never, take the life of an animal unless it is absolutely necessary, and the only way I see it being necessary is when my own life is in danger.

One of the things that makes me really happy about this whole situation is how much of an outcry has been created as a result of Cecil’s shooting. Social media and news agencies have really made this a big deal. I do wonder, however, if they’re not focusing on the wrong issues here.

Let’s take the name Cecil out of the equation. A regular hunter shot a regular lion. I am not against hunting. I know enough about conservation and the gene pool to know there is a place for it, when controlled correctly.

What I am not okay with is the hunting of an endangered species. Yes, lions are endangered. Not as much as rhino or elephant, however, they are still endangered.

When I say I think most people have been focusing on the wrong issues I mean two things; why is there not a bigger outcry against the two people in custody who made this ‘hunt’ possible. They are the vile, despicable human beings who allegedly lured Cecil out of the safety of his protected reserve in order for the hunt to take place. They are the scum who did whatever it took for the sake of their pay day.

Yes, Walter Palmer killed Cecil, eventually, yet this was made possible by these other two who, had they not been locked up, would have slept like babies that night and would no doubt, go to the same lengths in the future.

The other big issue I have with this situation is it wasn’t actually a hunt. This was poaching and for that I say lock them all up and throw away the key.

I’m going to really stretch the imagination here and say, hypothetically, that Cecil was not world famous. The permit to hunt him was obtained legally without any sort of bribery and corruption and the issuing of the permit was based solely on conservation recommendations.

The permit that was issued was for a neighboring farm, not the Hwange National Park. In order for this particular lion to be hunted, he had to be lured outside of his home reserve and to me that is unacceptable.

My reason for this article is purely to show that this is a very complicated discussion. Good arguments can be made by people both for, and against, hunting. The rage felt by the international community should not be directed at Walter Palmer, or other hunters, for the act of hunting. In this situation it should be directed at Walter Palmer and his accomplices for the unethical and illegal manner in which they took this lions life.

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