Pointing out that the separation of Cecil the Lion from other sentient animals is arbitrary is *not* about shaming those expressing outrage and disgust for his death. That’s an appropriate and honestly deserved reaction. It’s about using that emotional outpouring as a venue for helping make the connection that *EVERY* unjustly murdered being deserves outrage, deserves voices crying out in objection, deserves picketing and tears and yelling till we lose our own voices.
It’s an opportunity to give a name and a face to those who’ve never been granted such an innate right, or at least had their names and faces ignored, marginalized, hidden from view and completely denied.
We *have* to look at the discontinuity of our actions if we’re going to heal our planet and ourselves and finally grant freedom to all beings. Yes it’s painful, yes we resist, yes we want to look at *anything* but ourselves. We want to point the finger and throw our rage at others when it’s our very actions on a daily basis that cause the most disquiet within us and around us.
Growth hurts. But continuing to put others through physical and mental anguish so that we don’t have to face our own faults is no solution. It’s the *very* least we owe the animals to take a hard look at the harm we are causing and rectify our actions. For more, see http://www.BiteSizeVegan.com/CecilTheLion
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