“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; …“
In mid-December last year five (found and reported) lions were poisoned in the Maasai Mara National Park.
“In 2010 more than a dozen lions were killed through poisoning in the Maasai Mara park. Herdsmen blamed them for devouring their livestock.”
So what made this particular slaughter worth reporting? No white person, no guns? Oh -
“The lions were members of the Marsh pride, a family of cats living in Kenya that have been filmed for many years by the BBC.”
A long time ago, well, less than a hundred years ago, a Maasai boy could not be a Maasai man unless, solo and armed only with a spear, he killed a lion. British colonists tried to stop this practice; as well as the other, the economic one – Maasai believe that God gave them all the cattle in the world, and thus taking cattle from the not-so-God-chosen-tribes can not be stealing. The Maasai population is doing well; about 800,000 ( in 2011) in Tanzania and 842,000 ( in 2009) in Kenya ( from 377,000 in 1989). Those numbers, as pleasing they may be to the Club of Rome (the more people to starve to death the better to confirm the myth) do not bode well either for the cattle or the lions.
The so called environmentalists, sadists if not in deed, certainly in heart, love poison and hate guns. Perhaps they admire the brave boys who prove their manhood by poisoning wildlife for they themselves are just courageous enough to poison the public discourse. They shed many tears over elderly Cecil, but preciously few over Alan, Bibi, Sienna and unnamed others. The overwhelming facts to the contrary from all over the world, they know that natives live in balance with nature.
“Recently, Oxfam has claimed that the lifestyle of the Maasai should be embraced as a response to climate change because of their ability to farm in deserts and scrublands.”
And national parks. Dame Barbara Stocking, CEO of Oxfam was taking home £119,560 p.a. before stepping down. To embrace the Maasai lifestyle?