… from the quill of the Antisthenes the Younger
I thought I would leave that animal in peace, but amongst the vile pile on the internet I noticed someone accusing that dentist of cowardice. Cowardice? A lion, you and your bow and arrows? Not surprisingly, the accuser was a female, at least it so appeared from the name and style. Of course, “it’ could be a trans-gender, a half-gender or a hit-and-miss gender human being, whose animal expertise was painlessly and odourlessly acquired from Attenborough’s deceptive, touchy-feely TV panegyrics, and the hunting one from Disney’s Bambi.
As opposed to the media-overwhelming emotional outpourings (yet another example of the mob mentality skilfully manipulated by the feministas, even more skilfully manipulated by the Left), the information about the actual hunt is scarce and contradictory. It seems that the lion was killed outside its bureaucrat-designated area, Hwange National Park, by an arrow shot by a US dollars paying hunter. It was then shot again by the hunter’s local guide, this time with a rifle, as normal and understandable precaution.
What would the reaction be if the hunter was not a white American dentist, but a black murderer, or a lesbian, or a rock singer, or an ex-KGB officer, or a journalist, or a Chinese diplomat, or any combination thereof? No news, no fury, no tears over the animal, protected or not; just like the minimal, and mostly approbative, media notice of the oh-so-manly hunting exploits of comrade Putin.
Another darling of the Left, comrade Robert Mugabe, a black person, does not take the whitey’s fads seriously:
“Robert Mugabe isn’t known for his subdued taste, and his million-dollar birthday was just as extravagant as people have come to expect …
His guests were fed a young elephant, and two buffaloes, two sables and five impalas were also donated to the president by a local landowner. He also threw in a lion and a crocodile to be stuffed as an extra gift for Mugabe. On top of this, 40 cows were offered to the president by two members of his government. A second elephant is going to be shot and given to the Victoria Falls community.”
Even ordinary Africans can’t comprehend:
“Zimbabwean Goodwell Nzou was studying at his US university when messages began arriving about the death of someone or something named Cecil:
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?
They don’t. There are reasons why not and why seriously racist Left media ignore it. Firstly, the people killed by lions are genuine black Africans, not phonies like Obama. Secondly, African tourism travel agencies and safaris operators would not like such news and could withdraw their advertising. After all, the Americans are prone to cancel their Patagonian tours upon seeing the news of a Nicaraguan earthquake.
The logic and the contemporary journalism are like Kipling’s East and West. Never the twain shall meet. One wonders how many twiterates would get excited had they known that lions are non-vegetarian. In fact, according to Wikipedia: “Lions prefer to scavenge when the opportunity presents itself with carrion providing more than 50% of their diet – expert scavengers obtaining over 50 percent of their food by scavenging as opportunity allows. “
This propensity to scavenge could explain the affinity many journalists feel, though their real (mammal) idol is undoubtedly a hyena. Otherwise it is a vulture.
De mortuis nihil nisi bonum but in tourist parks’ the carrion is provided by the staff. The lion quite likely was not behaving as a lion, but as a Hollywood version of it, thus becoming a favourite of the mindless western fly-in-fly-outs, who can not handle the truth and for whom a real wild animal represents an indictment of their own docility.
Otherwise, have you noticed that people most clamouring to suppress hunting (a solid source of income to African people) are the same people rallying against the coal? Even a child ought to be able to joint the dots and see the real racists.
Or is this day-dream befuddled sentimentality just a modern Anglo-Saxon/Celtic thing? Some placebo to assuage the faint pains caused by the abandonment of morality and of the principles of the western civilisation? The Africans, Asians, South American, Slavs (I’m generalising, of course) do not seem to suffer from it. Islamic Horde strategists must be wetting themselves with joy for having the wisdom to pick up on us, a wuss society as not known since the last years of the Roman Empire. While the Planned Parenthood murders are ignored #LionsLivesMatter.
The final thought: The average adult lion weighs about 200 kg. How many kittens and puppies, by weight, are gassed by PETA/ assorted animal protection societies, including “Royal” ones, every day?
PS. Some good news: Harare – Zimbabwe has lifted a hastily-imposed countrywide ban on lion, leopard and elephant hunting in the wake of Cecil the lion’s death, though it remains in force in a limited area… the Zimbabwe authorities also appear to have banned all hunting of “collared iconic animals”.
I am very much against hunting collared animals, especially the iconic ones, but, but.. When 200 kg of man-eating animal is coming at you at 60 km per hour, how do you ask it to lift its mane to show its collar?