Cecil, the beloved Lion in Africa was lured out of his reserved park to only be shot with a bow and arrow by Minnesota dentist, Walter Palmer. After being shot with an arrow, Cecil bled for 40 more hours before being put out of his misery. Palmer then skinned and beheaded this beautiful creature. After reading this, I was absolutely disgusted, angered, and heartbroken. How someone can be so cruel and horrific is beyond me. Why was Walter Palmer allowed to hunt Cecil? The answer, he wasn’t allowed to. He went on an alleged illegal hunt specifically for Cecil, paying almost $55,000 to complete it. Are we really at the point as humans that we will pay that much money to only ruin Mother Nature’s creation? No amount of money should allow anyone to hunt an endangered and protected animal.
I’m not saying hunting is all that bad. I’ll be the first to admit that my family and I hunt. We hunt anything from deer to elk and birds. The difference is, is that we do not trophy hunt. We use 95% of the animal that we kill. Our family respects the animals that we hunt, we never over hunt and we always have just enough for our family. And above all that, we do not hunt endangered species. The African Lion is in threatened of extinction by the year 2050, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service director Dan Ashe warned today. How heart breaking will it be if our children and grandchildren will only know lions from The Lion King movies and in an occasional zoo.
The quote above says it perfectly. Mr. Palmer had an ego trip, I hope he’s rotting in his remorse from killing an innocent and beloved animal. Have fun being trailed to be extradited, if that happens, he will serve 10 years in prison and a hefty fine of $100,000 as the minimum.
Rest in peace, Cecil. I’m glad you are completely free from poachers and pain. And I’m glad you are finally the animal to bring so much attention to the world of poaching and trophy hunting. Maybe we will figure out better ways to stop this cruel matter.