One Lion is Dead in Africa, So What?
Cecil the lion has become a household name in less than 24 hours thanks to social media, TV news, talk radio and more, but why? Don't we have more important things to worry about?
One dentist from Minnesota takes a trip to Zimbabwe, Africa, spends his own money, during his own time, shoots one lion that happens to have a name and is known in that little part of the world and the world rallies, why?
Is this just another example of our current pitchfork society going on another witch hunt to ruin a guy's life because he has a lifestyle that some don't agree with instead of actually trying to fix the problem or talking about things that actually matter? Answer, yes it is.
Zimbabwe, is ranked near the bottom of the list in human rights, media rights, LGBT rights, and freedom. According to the UK, "Many international human rights indicators still rank Zimbabwe amongst the worst countries in the world in terms of civil liberties, political rights and press freedoms." Why aren't people sharing that on their FB pages?
Why aren't people talking about 13 month Dillan Harris who was killed around the same time as Cecil when some gangbangers, who were escaping a drive-by shooting, hit the stroller the baby was riding in. This is just one of the 259 people murdered SO FAR in the city of Chicago in 2015, and nothing but silence from the majority of the world. But one lion is killed by a rich American, and look out!
According to Feeding America, "15.8 million children under 18 in the United States live in households where they are unable to consistently access enough nutritious food necessary for a healthy life." This is just in the US, imagine the rest of the world. Think about that next time you post a photo of an amazing meal on Instagram or a dead lion on Twitter.
Is it fair that this man has had to go into hiding because of death threats and may lose his business/career over this? What about the employees that work at his dental office, why should they have to suffer because of this man's actions and the resulting actions of a hysterical public?
I am not defending trophy hunting or defending the actions of this man or the people he hired, but I am sick and tired of our priorities being backwards in this world. Does the death of this ONE lion in Africa really require this much attention when there is so many other terrible things happening?
What if we collectively did what we are doing to this man, to the people that can actually enact change, like politicians and business leaders?
Do you agree with me or completely disagree with me? Please comment below or feel free to email me firstname.lastname@example.org and if I get some good comments, I'll follow up with another blog.