If you’ve been on the internet in the last week or so, then you would have no doubt come across the mass uproar over the killing of Cecil the lion, who was lured out of the sanctuary of the national park in Zimbabwe where he was protected by law, before being injured with a bow, tracks for two days and shot with a rife by an American dentist who paid somewhere in the region of £32,000 for the pleasure of committing this murder.
Like so many others I was left shocked and appalled by this violent act, I just can’t understand why people get kicks out of doing something like that. To me, it is unfathomable that someone would get pleasure out of tracking and shooting a beautiful and majestic creature, or any living thing simply for sport. If I had a spare £32,000 lying around, I could think of a million and one things that I would rather spend it on, than paying some dodgy poachers to help me put an arrow in a lions hide.
The other thing that moved me about the story was the way in which people united in their condemnation of what happened. People from all over the world, people of all colours, creeds, religions, ages, sexes, pretty much any variable you can think of (except the pro-hunting posse of course) came together on the internet to voice their disgust and outrage.
Some have said that things have gone too far, that the hate directed towards this one man, who has been forced to close his practise and go into hiding, is over the top. Others say it is simply karma, for now the hunter has become the hunted. Personally, I don’t believe in vigilante justice, but I do feel that those responsible should be punished for the crimes and I do believe that the internet’s reaction to Cecil’s killing will ensure that this won’t get brushed under the carpet and those responsible won’t get away with a slap on the wrist.
We can understand a great deal from the way in which the world has reacted to this news, one is that globally people are imploring governments to do more to protect the animals that we share our world with and that hunting for sport will not be tolerated! The internet has given us a voice and a platform from which to make our feelings known!