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I can't seem to "let go" of my anger regarding the brutal murder of Cecil the lion. (I realized this icon is probably Cecil - see the mane - but I can't remember where I pulled that image from, so I may be wrong.) I see it in several layers: Firstly, as a culture, why haven't we moved past "trophy" hunting? What "sport" is it to kill an animal these days that counts as "manly" or "brave" or whatever it was that men in the past saw big game hunting as? Today this seems as archaic and backward as a blood sacrifice - here in America, don't most people see the brutal killing of a chicken on an altar as barbaric? Why not a similar brutal killing of a lion (or for that matter, a rhino, a giraffe, or an elephant) in Africa? It's not like the "man" who did this was going to eat the lion, or use the body for anything other than a trophy. It's akin to taking scalps or shrinking heads.

Secondly, he claims he "didn't know" this was a protected lion from a reserve. Um, well, I would have thought that baiting it NEAR a major game reserve might have been one clue, but the presence of a GPS collar ON the lion might have suggested to him that he had, perhaps, taken THE WRONG LION. While I don't approve of even the so-called "legal" big game hunts people like this still partake in, I would have had at least a minimum of respect for him if, at the point where he noticed the lion he had killed, skinned, and BEHEADED was wearing a GPS collar, he had stepped forward and admitted what he'd done. I might have, at that point, believed his asinine story that he "didn't know" he had just killed a known and protected animal.

In times gone by, possibly into the early 20th Century, men who went out on such hunts really were taking their lives into their hands. While looking back at their deeds through 21st Century eyes they seem just as horrid, at least when viewed in their time taking those trophies seem at least understandable, if not admirable. Today, though? No excuse. No reason. No real man needs to do this.

I always seem to be far more outraged by things like this than atrocities of man against man. I guess because humans seem to always perpetuate evil against their own kind, but it seems more evil, somehow, when perpetuated against an innocent animal. *sigh*

That said, people who have posted death threats against the jerk who did this? Totally in the wrong. I'm all for having him extradited to Zimbabwe to face charging of poaching -- and what he did was poaching, without a doubt -- but anyone who claims to be on Cecil's side should not be sending the guy death threats (or any threats at all). That's not the way to bring sympathy to our viewpoint.

A Tribute to Cecil the Lion

On a lighter note, am I the only one tired of Farxiga commercials using the loop of Dire Straits Walk of Life? I absolutely LOVE that song and am annoyed they are annoying me so much with this overuse.

And to close on a better note. Made me sniffle, but in a good way.

Comments

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(Anonymous)
Aug. 1st, 2015 03:31 am (UTC)
I agree that people should not send death threats to this tiny penised, tiny brained "big game hunter," but I'm all for him being hounded into bankruptcy and a pariah-like existence forever. It would be no less than he deserves.

And yeah, he should be extradited to Zimbabwe, or at least spend all his money on lawyers to keep himself from being extradited to Zimbabwe. He should pay the price for his butchery one way or another, preferably until he's in jail or living in the gutter.
wildrider
Aug. 2nd, 2015 12:05 am (UTC)
Yes. Whoever you are (you sound like someone I would know). :)

thisficklemob
Aug. 1st, 2015 04:00 am (UTC)
I really hope the dentist is extradited to face charges in Zimbabwe.

Trophy hunting does seem really outdated. I can't cast stones at hunters who eat what they kill, as I'm not a vegetarian or anything. I've known people who hunted for meat, and while I wouldn't want to participate, I get it.

I don't get why you'd want to kill, say, a buck, just to stick it's head on the wall. But at least with deer, they're not endangered, and with (non-human) apex predator populations diminished or demolished, human hunting can serve an ecological purpose. (I'm also in favor of the reintroduction of wolves and such.)

To fly around the world to kill an exotic and endangered wild beast -- it strikes me that beside the weird masculinity issues, there has to be some nostalgia for colonialism. And one can only have nostalgia for colonialism if one is in the grips of white supremacy.

That said, on an emotional level -- no, it makes no sense to me. It makes no sense to want to kill such an animal (unless it was threatening you or your village); it makes no sense to want a trophy for killing an animal (in an inept way, as Cecil lived 40 hours after being shot with a bow and arrow); it makes no sense to me to want to check a bunch of endangered animals off a list once you've killed them; it makes no sense to pay $50,000 for the privilege of doing all that; and it makes NO sense to me why, even if the individual has a pathology, why people around him (including, say, the New York Times) find it laudable that that's what he wants to do.

(The dentist also apparently settled a sexual harassment suit with an employee. Not that this explains anything, but it is one more data point on his pathology.)
wildrider
Aug. 2nd, 2015 12:07 am (UTC)
Yeah. All that. I don't understand the mindset AT ALL. If this was 1870, MAYBE. Now? It's an archaic and barbaric practice and should be banned everywhere. It's not hunting for meat or protection.

ljs
Aug. 1st, 2015 11:41 am (UTC)
That's a lovely story about the postal worker and the letter from the pet. I'll cling to that in the face of all the horrible elements of the killing of Cecil the lion, which you've outlined here.

[hugs]
wildrider
Aug. 2nd, 2015 12:09 am (UTC)
((HUGS))
nutmeg3
Aug. 2nd, 2015 03:19 am (UTC)
I feel the same way about Cecil. His death is some kind of last straw for me, emblematic of how a certain vile kind of human can destroy so much to feed a frail ego. Just go see a psychiatrist, ffs.
wildrider
Aug. 2nd, 2015 03:47 am (UTC)
I know. I can't seem to let this one go. Every article, every petition, every "donate here," I keep putting everything I can into it. I've never been much for today's trophy hunting, but this one... just finished it for me. Beyond the pale.
sillymagpie
Aug. 2nd, 2015 07:43 am (UTC)
I've been avoiding all the Cecil the Lion news because I can't stand thinking about it. :(
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