A Lion By Any Other Name

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I’m glad the story of a dentist murdering a beloved lion has gotten national, even worldwide attention. But there are lots of degenerates, often professionals similar to the smiling dentist, whose bloodlust drives them to spend huge amounts of money and travel the world to kill defenseless animals for the bragging rights.

If you really want to retch, get a copy of Safari Club International’s expensively-produced magazine– every story is the tale of a brave dentist or other lucrative professional killing an animal–or a lot of them– with similar photos, always grinning beside their victims. The ads are for “outfitters”, with a menu of prices for the array of animals you get to kill, with names like “Grand Slam” for snuffing one each of the favorite targets..

This case receives attention because the lion was a celebrity with a name bestowed by humans, was protected and wore a tracking collar (which in itself is an intrusion for human purposes). It was “illegal”, as opposed to “legal” murder.

There is no sympathy for the murdered creature used to lure the lion. His or her species is not even mentioned. His or her life was important, too, just as important to them and their family groups as was Cecil’s. So were the many, many other animals killed for fun by other psychos. Those animals had no human names, although they no doubt had names in the minds of their mates, children, family bands and rivals.

Please remember that this is going on at all times, is organized, has clubs and magazines and a cult of killing for fun and self-aggrandizement for the small-of-heart, and possibly of other organs.

Call these miscreants out. Call them what they are any time you have an opportunity. They all deserve the heat this dentist is getting. Don’t let this fire cool off.

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