You’d have to be living under a rock to not have heard about the brutal and illegal killing of Cecil the Lion outside of Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park.
I’d like to be able to say that I am not one of those animal loving emotional messes that gets all riled up at stuff like this. But I am.
That aside, for me, this was less about the lion and more about the inhumanity. It’s about playing by the rules, being a liar, doing the right thing, being a good citizen and making an effort not to be a lying ass-hat (a technical term).
The Minnesota dentist, Walter Palmer, didn’t do any of those things.
Instead, he cheated. The hunters baited and lured the much-loved black-maned animal – the collared subject of Oxford University researchers – away from the park’s protections and on to private land. All so he could shoot him with a high powered bow. He did. But, the lion didn’t die. Instead he ran, and was stalked for 40 hours until cornered and shot. Whereupon the esteemed great white hunter skinned and beheaded him. What’s a kill without the trophy?
I question anyone’s character when they have the need to kill, skin and behead a wild beast to feel exhilarated, accomplished or pleasured. There is nothing humane about the act of senseless killing. Nothing. Animals were not placed on this earth to satisfy man’s ego. If you’re not going to eat it, or the act of killing it isn’t to preserve your life, you shouldn’t be doing it. This is especially true if you are hunting endangered species. What the hell is wrong with these people?!
Mr. Palmer is simply a sneaky cheat. You are not a hunter if you have to pay $65,000 for the pleasure of the kill, and pay your guides to lure an animal out for you. You are just a pathetic poser.
What a disappointment to humanity this man turned out to be. Sadly, he is in good company. To all of these people who go to great lengths to murder giraffes, lions, elephant, rhinos, etc. I would say to you; get a life, get a hobby and get some help. There is something very wrong in the need to kill to feel good. Very wrong.
This is about the difference between right and wrong. It’s about NOT allowing people to break the rules of humanity and citizenry. It’s about accountability; something we have way too little of these days.
You and I know that the principles of humanity are crossed and broken every day. Many times displaying much more brutality than what we saw from Mr. Palmer. So why was there such an uproar over a 13 year old lion?
Maybe it’s because a lion cannot speak for itself. Or maybe it’s because people saw a situation that they could finally do something about. I think a lot of the vitriol was because the act was so vile, unfair, cruel and morbidly unnecessary.
Social media spoke for the majority. Facebook, Twitter and even Linkedin voiced its outrage. And the world listened. Somehow watching it all unfold made me feel like I wasn’t alone in my caring or my disgust. Speaking of which, I would venture to say that Mr. Palmer has very few friends at the moment.
Evidently Delta Airlines doesn’t want to be friends with hunters and they don’t want to fly their trophies home for them anymore.
On Monday, Delta Air Lines became the latest carrier to change its rules about transporting hunting trophies. Its announcement came as a group of airlines including Air France, KLM, Iberia, IAG Cargo, Singapore Airlines and Qantas signaled last week they would ban the transport of trophy-hunting kills, according to Paul Ferris, the campaign director at SumOfUs.org, a consumer-based petition agency in Brooklyn, which has pressed for changing cargo policies.
It’s a start, a step in the right direction and an epic victory for the hunted. It is indeed something to celebrate and support, and it is undeniable proof that if you make enough noise YOU can make a difference.
Does Mr. Palmer deserve to lose his business, receive death threats, and have to go into hiding because of his actions? You tell me.
As my grade school teacher would say “get your act together and fly straight, or there will be consequences to pay”.
Did you hear that, Mr. Palmer? I think she was talking to you.
And here is a word or two from Jimmy Kimmel. I couldn’t have said it better myself. Thanks, Jimmy!
Can’t wait to see the hate mail pile in on this one. Gees!