I Prefer to Shoot Animals With a Camera — Not a Gun
W alter James Palmer allegedly lured Cecil — at 13 years of age, one of the oldest and most famous lions in Zimbabwe — out of his protected area in Hwange National Park with bait before shooting him with a crossbow.
Approximately 40 hours later, the lion was reportedly killed with a gun on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 prior to being skinned and decapitated, according to this report with video from both Reuters and NBC News.
Having returned from safari in Kenya earlier this year, I am beyond outraged. I prefer to shoot animals with a camera — not a gun or crossbow.
It is one thing for people to hunt for animals for food, clothing, medicinal or population control purposes — although the ethics of that can be debated depending on which viewpoint you believe. I have always felt that if an animal must be killed, then use all of it and let none of it go to waste: the meat for food and the fur for clothing, for example…
…but to simply kill an animal for sport?
If the dentist from Minnesota really wanted to kill an animal for sport, then how about ditching the weapon and hunting animals with nothing more than his bare hands?
What’s that? The lion would have the edge in that matchup, Mr. Dentist? Well, whaddya know?!?