Cecil the Lion Summary
So, an asshole dentist shot a lion named Cecil.
The lion was the leader of his pride, a local favourite, and a long- standing member of conservation studies.
The asshole dentist signed up for a lion killing tour with some African guides. The guides lured Cecil out of a protected park, and the asshole wounded him with an arrow before eventually shooting him with a gun. He claims he thought everything was legal, but it seems fairly obvious that luring a lion out of a protected park to kill it is an illegal, dick move.
Seeing the reaction to an asshole killing a lion on the other side of the world is ridiculous.
It seems to me like trophy hunting is in the liberal cross-hairs, with this dentist being the poster boy for assholes who shoot innocent animals.
It’s easy for us to sit here in the first world and condemn these actions. I think the fact that this dentist is from America serves to make our anger worse, because he should know better.
The reality is that Zimbabwe is a terrible place to live as a human. It apparently even sucks to be a lion there.
Zimbabwe issues 43 kill licenses on lions every year. This is to raise money for conservation and protection efforts. The money that these licenses raises helps to finance conservation in a country where 80% of the population is unemployed.
How much of the population is unemployed in your country? Locals can feed their families and contribute to the economy through carefully planned and enforced trophy hunting.It is easy to call those who hunt trophies cowards from our arm chairs; it is another matter when those who hunt trophies are willing to pay you $50,000 to shoot one lion.
Dr. Palmer is an ass hole. We all know that. I assume most, if not all, trophy hunters are assholes. Dr. Palmer did everything wrong when it comes to trophy hunting, and he deserves at least some portion of the life-altering consequences he has faced for killing Cecil.
In the future, though, it deserves mentioning that trophy hunting is not illegal. Trophy hunting is not wrong. Following national and international laws, it is possible to kill a lion such that it will have limited negative effects on the environment, and extensive positive impact on the local economy.
Sitting here in my arm chair, I don’t think trophy hunting is good. But when conservation professionals can establish a sustainable trophy hunting market using enforceable quotas, trophy hunting isn’t wrong either.