I don’t normally reblog anything, but Matthew Wright makes some excellent, salient points about the killing of Cecil the Lion and most notably, about the state of humanity. Be sure to read the comments from Matthew’s readers. They truly add something useful and intelligent to the discussion.
The pointless slaughter of Cecil the lion saddens but doesn’t surprise me. Humanity is fast becoming the scourge of this planet.
I’m aware African farmers have issues with predation – and that the fees charged to allow ‘mighty hunters’ on to their lands are a much-needed boost to their incomes.
But the natural world is irreplaceable. When it’s gone – it’s gone. The end. So I stand by my point.
I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised to see this happening. The notion that standing over a dead animal showed how ‘superior’ the hunter was had mainstream traction well into the twentieth century – an age when humanity was still struggling ‘against’ nature; when technology was only just beginning the widespread change that – now – is threatening our survival.
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