I don’t like talking about politics because it is going to upset some people regardless of one’s viewpoint. I’m not into forcing my beliefs on others because I don’t want others to force their beliefs on me, so it’s generally a topic I don’t talk much about. But I have to speak out on Cecil’s behalf as both a cat lover and a decent human being.
For those of you that haven’t heard, an American dentist, Walter Palmer, shot a sanctuary protected lion from Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park. As more details emerge, the story gets even darker. Cecil was lured out of his sanctuary, wounded with a bow and arrow, and then killed 40 hours later with a gun. Conservationists predict that the new lion that takes control of the Cecil’s pride is likely to kill most or all of Cecil’s 24 cubs.
This matters because Lions are a Vulnerable species (see chart below), which is one step about an Endangered species like tigers. If we aren’t careful, wild lions will be nothing more than archived pictures on the internet. According to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, there has been a 42% decline in the world’s lion population in the last 20 years. This isn’t like hunting deer where the hunter eats the meat. After Cecil was killed he was skinned and his corpse was left to rot. Lions are at the top of the food chain, so they are much more prone to disease and parasites than herbivores, so it’s not advised to eat them. This man not only tortured a lion for fun, but effectively killed 25 of them because something is lacking in his own life that he has to kill a lion to feel powerful and important.
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I found this great article that talks about the issue from a Christian perspective. God gave us dominion over all of his creatures, but they are his property, and he expects us to treat them with respect. Torturing a majestic beast from a Vulnerable species does not fit into God’s plan. This man needs to answer to God for what he did. America is looking into prosecution. RIP Dear Cecil 😦 There is even a memorial to him outside of Dr. Palmer’s office.