I don’t care what Zimbabweans say. I still cry when that gay guy sings “Circle of Life.*”

Is Twitter still going nuts over that lion? I heard on the radio this morning that the dentist is still in hiding.

Maybe he should move to Zimbabwe…

When I turned on the news and discovered that the messages were about a lion killed by an American dentist, the village boy inside me instinctively cheered: One lion fewer to menace families like mine.

My excitement was doused when I realized that the lion killer was being painted as the villain. I faced the starkest cultural contradiction I’d experienced during my five years studying in the United States.

Did all those Americans signing petitions understand that lions actually kill people?

I am reminded of a story I told on a forum about shooting a badger to stop it from ripping up my dogs. Somebody took me to task for murdering an innocent creature, when after all it was my dogs that picked the fight. I didn’t ask where that person lived, but I assume it was a city of some sort.

When you remove the distance between people and nature, people stop being romantic about nature very quickly.

ETA: Sent by MJR…

*This statement is untrue.

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5 Responses to I don’t care what Zimbabweans say. I still cry when that gay guy sings “Circle of Life.*”

  1. Paul Bonneau says:

    I don’t see how any rational person can be against hunting safari style in Africa. It’s one of the rare sources of decent income in a lot of these villages. The villagers get to eat the meat. Their predators are controlled, and the herbivores that are killed don’t degrade the landscape via overpopulation.

    Joel, have you ever read “Man Eaters of Kumaon”? The villagers loved and respected Corbett. You will have tears in your eyes reading his books (most available on the internet).


  2. MJR says:

    I have watched all the hoopla about this for a while now. I know that I should be outraged having worked the last 23 years at a big zoo (tigers and all) but all I can muster is a simple meh. Paul is right, the good outweighs the bad given the money brought in to a bad economy and the food that is put on the table of the villagers. All the outrage is from first world folks who don’t understand third world conditions.

  3. This silly thing has done blow’d up SO big, that it’s effectively pointless to try and have a conversation with anyone about it. The full-time crusaders are of course unreachable, a certain percentage of people simply sniff the obvious BS and endure through it, and for the masses of the remainder, it’s not even about mourning “Cecil the lion”–it’s about being seen mourning “Cecil the lion”.

    “None of us is as dumb as all of us.” Indeed. A hive is for insect drones, not thinking individuals.

  4. Buck says:

    I once killed a badger to prevent it from ripping me apart. I can assure you, armed with a .44 or not, I sought no fight with that dammed badger.
    It appears it was fortunate for me that the internet was in it’s raw infancy at that time.

  5. Keith says:

    If the lion was a wild animal, then whoever found it on their land, could do what they wanted with the bugger. There was a farmer near here, who years ago, used to go and stand in his field, when there was a driven grouse shoot taking place over the wall on the adjacent moorland. As soon as a grouse passed over the wall, it was his to shoot.

    If, the lion belonged to someone, then it was up to the owner to keep the bugger on their property.

To the stake with the heretic!