With the increasing pussification of the United States and the “Bambification” of wild animals that would tear you to shreds in a heartbeat, I can see why people might be outraged over the killing of Cecil.
However, sport and trophy hunting has been with us forever and contributes to the maintenance of wild animal stock and its habitat. Poaching, on the other hand, is totally unethical and unacceptable.
Remember, no matter what the talking heads are saying on television, lions are not on the endangered species list, and are fair game when the proper licenses, permits, and land access is observed. And, protein in Africa is always conserved, if not by humans, then by scavengers.
If, and that assumes facts not yet in evidence, the hunter who killed Cecil was not complicit in the baiting of the lion in such a manner as it caused boundary transgressions, he get’s a pass in my book. His public reputation and dental practice is gone, so in essence, he has been punished sufficiently. However, if he has broken any laws, they are unlikely to be American laws unless he imports his trophy cape into the United States. I would be surprised if he is allowed to record his kill in any of the noted record books if he took the animal in an inappropriate manner. Most sportsmen shun poachers as not only bringing disrepute to the sport and practice of hunting, but it says something about their character if they are that quick to violate the rules.
Bottom line …
I am more concerned with a nation whose focused outrage is on a good-looking lion and not the hundreds of people slaughtered in our nation every month in the inner cities – most of which are governed by liberals who siphon-off public funds to improve poverty, literacy, crime – and redirect these funds to the special interests who kickback campaign funding and other perks and privileges. Has anyone noticed that evil monsters are afoot in Africa, with murder, mayhem, and maiming running rampant in what can only be describes as ethnic cleansing and genocide.
So before you focus your outrage on a hunter, perhaps you may consider the greater good and focus your outrage on corrupt politicians who allow others to be killed, tortured, maimed, and raped. Or those who allow fully-formed human beings in vitro to be pulled apart so that their organs can be harvested and sold.
Full disclosure: I am a life member of the NRA (Benefactor Level) and Safari Club.
Personally, I do not like bow-hunting as I am in favor of a respectful quick and decisive kill. I used to discuss the merits with one of my veternarians who was a noted and accomplished bow hunter.
"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius