Cecil the Lion & the Killing Trade

I can’t think of anything more revolting than a killing selfie. Smiling happy faces over a life that’s just been snuffed out. The newest addition to the parlour collection. Sitting around with buddies in a man cave toasting bravery and how they just faced death’s jaws. Well done, congratulations. You just joined the planet’s most hated.

If you’re tired of me harping on about Cecil and every Cecil, sorry folks, I’ve just got started.

I’m confused and baffled by the terms “Illegally Killed” and “Legally Killed”. George Orwell once wrote that “political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable”. The same could be said of trophy hunter Walter Palmer:

I had no idea that the lion I took was a known, local favourite, was collared & part of a study until the end of the hunt … I deeply regret that my pursuit of an activity I love & practice responsibly & legally resulted in the taking of this lion

All photos of Cecil & His Family in 2012 are by Ed Hetherington.

This is Cecil’s family. Well, it was his family in 2012. We’re 3 years on and a few days after Cecil’s murder. He’s fathered more cubs since then. If they survive infanticide by younger lions in the area, which is highly unlikely, they will be prime targets for other kind-hearted folk like Dr. Walter Palmer, dentist and Dr. Jan Sieski, gynaecologist. Wait, I thought doctors were supposed to save lives – silly me.

Cecil’s cubs likely to be killed by rival lions say conservationists

In the late 70’s Africa had 250,000 lions in the wild. Today 25,000 remain. Do the math – 225,000 killed in 40 years, 5625 each year. Any simpleton with half a brain can grasp the fact that Wildlife & Animal Genocide is taking place on a mass scale all over the planet.

Here is where it gets really depressing ..

Canned Hunting & Blood Lions.

Every single day in South Africa at least two to three captive bred or tame lions are being killed in canned hunts. And hundreds more are slaughtered annually for the lion bone trade. Here is their story:

Blood Lions – The Documentary

Canned lion hunting is big business in Africa. Wealthy tourists pay tens of thousands of dollars to claim they “hunted” a lion. There are over 8000 captive lions on about 200 properties all over the continent. They are bred & raised for the sole purpose of killing. Like shooting fish in a barrel. Like choosing a new pair of shoes – you point to the lion you want to kill and Bob’s your uncle.

There are over 500 canned hunting ranches in Texas alone. And more than 1,000 commercial captive hunt operations in the USA. Trophy hunters pay to shoot native and exotic mammals – from Zebra to endangered Scimitar-Horned Oryx – all confined in fenced enclosures.

Lions Are Raised So People Can Shoot Them In Cages
Canned Hunting Lions bred for Slaughter
CannedLion.org
Canned Hunts in the USA

China, Thailand, Vietnam breed Tigers for Body Parts.

Tigers are listed on the IUCN’s red-list as a “most critically endangered” species, and although they may not be hunted in Asia, they are bred in captivity in China, Thailand and Vietnam specifically for harvesting their body parts.

The Happy Killers.

I won’t post the killing selfies – I’d have to disinfect my blog.
For those who haven’t already seen them:
Walter Palmer’s Happy Snaps
More Happy Snaps from Walter Palmer, murdered leopards etc
Dr. Jan Seski poses with a Caracal cat he killed in 2012
Jan Sieski poses with an elephant he killed in Africa
American Jan Seski poses with dead animals

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One Comment Add yours

  1. Shell says:

    Thank you for exposing the heartbreaking truth affecting the magnificent wild animals on our planet. If we keep going at this rate…there will be no more. Thank you for being a voice for them…..

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