About this whole Cecil the Lion thing...
Okay, so last night I was reading news online and decided to scroll down to the comments section of the articles concerning the American dentist who paid 55,000USD to stalk and kill a very well know Lion (Cecil) in Zimbabwe. He also got in to legal trouble in 2008 when he had killed an American Black Bear, but was able to change his sentence from more than 2 years down to a few months of community service.
I’ve also read that he paid over 127,000USD to a former employee whom had accused him of unwanted sexual advances.
So yes, I agree that he seems like a pretty horrible person, fixing everything and making everything better with the magic of money, but read below…..
Yes, I agree that the way in which he did it was a horrible thing, and that hunting with no intention of herd management of consumption is pretty pointless, but what really interested me was how much people seemed to come together, to create and sign petitions, to writes 8,000+ yelp reviews on this guys dentistry practice page, post his home address, phone number and actually go there. Its created this insane media/collective overreaction that while is justified I think that this kinda highlights some of the major problems in both the national and international community.
Do people get this involved in seeking change and getting angry when lives are lost? When actual human lives are lost? Lives that could’ve done more for the world, lives who had families who lived for them and loved them. Mothers and Fathers, Sisters and Brothers, Aunt, Uncle, Friends, Lovers, preyed upon and hunted down by people people who don’t think once or twice about these individuals.
But oh no, a lion (No, I’m not saying that its death is unimportant) is killed and all hell breaks loose. We seriously need to look at our priorities and get them straight.
I was scrolling through my Facebook feed when I stopped to see what an old friend opinions on this whole issue were. Someone had posted something like what Im talking about here, that yes, animals matter, but why don’t people being murdered garner this much anger and action. His response was simply that there are “billions of people on this earth, but only a few lions/other endangered species left.”
Im guessing that thats what a lot of people are thinking when they hear/read this story. Yes, the 55,000$ he spent successfully murdering an animal could have been spent in a more helpful way, like say a donation to a wildlife and anti-poaching charity or something like that. But to hear people actually say that since there are more humans than animals, animals come first and there will always be more humans means that they believe that the devaluation of life is necessary in a situation like this.
People are literally asking for changes in rules and legislations all because one man murdered an animal. This is happening all over the globe. Where are those people asking for laws to be changed when a human is shot and killed, wrongly imprisoned or profiled by the law? Where do those people go?
Once the reaction to someone of color being wrongly convicted or murdered by a racist cop or individual creates a reaction like this, an outrage if you may call it then I will be perfectly fine with the people of the global community coming together to bring to justice people like this dentist. But, like I said before, animal life is important, but I believe that we as a society need to get our priorities straight. We can’t just shirk our responsibilities as active citizens. If you can go on a yelp page and write a negative review about a business after something like this, then whats stopping you from calling up your local representatives, gathering friends and family together and protesting these wrong doings we hear about every day?(I need to work on these myself so don’t think I’m calling you all out for it, its something you and I both need to work on).