The past week has once again shown the true savagery of man. While we focus on a mass-murderer from Minnesota who killed Cecil the Lion, men and woman like him seem to feel they are part of a very select circle, entitled to kill the most beautiful and important species of all to fulfill their twisted self-images.
The time has long since come to stop the killing of wildlife. If one pays $30, $ 40, or $350,000 dollars to hunt, they will get to kill. Outfitters, that other lowbred group of people make sure their client is happy, drunk, well fed and pumped up to kill! This is little more than giving a 16 year old the keys to a porche, we know the outcome.
The animal dies, the animals dies.
Like serial killers, I am afraid that all this publicity over this recent killing gives a certain group of people a lust to kill a lion. This in many ways represents how some cannot understand an emotional connection to animals. They see them not as equals, but as lesser beings. Such ego driven and emotionally devoid thinking is what has been a driving force of species extinction for generations.
Equally disturbing is those that kill for a trophy. This ghoulish pastime and the rooms they create represent pain and suffering beyond measure, yet for them it is a room of pride for their twisted minds.
In another 200 years people ask: How? Why?
There is a pattern, though it is not conclusive. Many work in the oil industry or other extractive fields that destroy the earth without question while others come from wealthy families, many republican. Most are men. Naturally that is changing, as we see more and more woman standing next to a giraffe that a moment earlier was eating from a tree. Now with fresh makeup she stands beaming over its lifeless body, destroyed for what?
We see the same acted out every hunting season in America, with every wolf that writhes in pain in a trap. The smiling photo of a deranged human posing over that innocent animal, who so richly deserves life--not a cruel death--at the hands of a monster.
Several groups are demanding that the Dentist be sent back to Zimbabwe to be charged; he certainly should and may jail await him. But that will not bring back Cecil. We must stop these human killers, because their killing of precious wildlife goes beyond just the act. It permeates their thinking, their judgement, and their relationships. Murder is murder. We are impacted by the killing of rhinos, whales, bears and wolves! They are representative of the world we all love and want to be a part of. Allowing a select group of people to kill is little more than the off-gassing of the putrid, and should not be part of our modern society.
In the weeks and months ahead look for groups like the Safari Club and other hunting groups to rally and speak of their environmental credentials in helping species. They will push to keep all hunting, even of rare species alive. Culture will be a clear part of the messaging. Part of their sick society is the frat club mentality that one must pursue the next kill, to collect a rarer species to be part of their club.
The real question is when we will understand that this is not “OUR” planet. We are merely custodians, with a clear responsibility, from the Bible to science to share this planet and respect all life.
Rather than making heroes of those that kill wildlife, they should be jailed, shunned and financially bankrupted, for it matches their moral and emotional bankruptcy.
Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Lions and tigers and bears...
Why are we allowing them to die and for what? We as a society are being warned: Failure to act is no longer acceptable. We are losing not just the species, but their habitat. Before long, the trophy rooms their murders create will be the only reminder of their time on earth, unless we act boldly.
Today we hear some complain that “too much attention is focused on an animal, not enough on human needs. Let me remind everyone that 99% of all charitable giving goes to human needs; once again that number skews the reality of need on this planet.
The real question is: Have we finally reached a tipping point on allowing such indiscriminant killing? There are four white rhinos left, how many black, elephants are being slaughtered, and lions are being canned and crushed. What more can we allow with the shadow of the bison and the heartbeat of the wolf staring our humanity down.
Wildlife is our partner on this earth. They are the joy and beauty that defines our lands, skies and oceans. We are heading towards an intensely lonely existence if we allow ignorance and false bravado to prevail. All lives matter, especially those who cannot speak for themselves.
Last night the Empire State Building cast the images of endangered species from its façade. It was powerful, and yet reflected the irony of our sense of reverence for species that are clinging to survival.
What we need are the images of those who kill broadcast world-wide and jails and prisons to await those who refuse to share the life that makes our planet whole. Let those human killers rot.
Stop the killing, Stop it now!
Bold Visions Conservation