Who Owns African Lions?

By Martin LeFevre


Today is World Lion Day. The big-money pleasure killing of a Zimbabwean lion named Cecil is being portrayed in the New York Times as humans vs. nature, romanticism vs. reality. It’s neither.

Unfortunately, the killing of a radio-collared lion in Zimbabwe by an American dentist from Minnesota has gotten more media coverage than the deaths of innumerable Africans from man-made violence over the past decade.

On one side is the virtual lynch mob in America calling for dismembering the dentist the way he dismembered the reportedly beloved lion who lived in Hwange National Park.

On the other side is the supposed ‘truthbomb’ dropped by a Zimbabwean in America who says of the eruption of American sentimentality: “I faced the starkest cultural contradiction I’d experienced during my five years studying in the United States.

Nothing illustrates the pathos of culture clash, and the illusion of identification with countries in the global society than that statement.

And nothing illustrates how pathetic a proprietary attitude toward apex animals is, especially the dwindling species of great fauna in Africa, than the attitude evinced by the same writer: “Don’t tell us what to do with our animals.”

Pulling at a different set of heartstrings, the writer tells of children being killed … continue reading

Via:: Costa Rican Times


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