Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Down in the Mouth


Lots of media ire re a Minnesota dentist who reportedly paid thousands of dollars to kill a lion with a bow and arrow in Zimbabwe (http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jul/28/walter-palmer-dentist-accused-killing-cecil-lion-upset-hunter-zimbabwe). It turns out that the lion was 'famous' being part of a long-term study and had a collar facilitating satellite tracking. The animal (it may well have been used to humans) was reportedly enticed outside a protective park so it could be shot. The dentist blames his guides for misleading him but a) American dentists don't need to kill lions with the profits extracted from people's teeth, b) He was presumably much richer than his 2 guides, so one could say he enticed them and c) What kind of an eagle-eyed hunter fails to see a collar around the animal's neck? I personally think that this whole trophy ideology needs fixing!

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