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Wednesday, 29 July 2015
[GreenConvert] A wildlife expert speaks out about the 'global failure' that led to the allegedly illegal slaughter of one of Africa's most famous lions
The Internet is blowing up over the death of a 13-year-old lion named Cecil, who lived in Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe and was considered a local favorite.
The viral outrage began on Tuesday when Zimbabwe officials announced that they were investigating an American's involvement in Cecil's death.
That American is Walter James Palmer who is a dentist in Eden Praire, Minnesota, and admits to killing the lion but defends his actions as being perfectly legal. Zimbabwe officials, however, allege that the act was anything but.
"To my knowledge, everything about this trip was legal and properly handled and conducted," Palmer said in a statement on Tuesday.
Whether Palmer's actions were legal or not isn't the point, according to Eric Jensen, an internationally recognized expert on public engagement with wildlife from the University of Warwick.
"It is remarkable that this dentist thinks the core problem is that there may be legal trouble caused by shooting Cecil the lion," Jensen told Business Insider in an email.
And it's this kind of incentive that is the "global failure" driving this sort of "unthinkable" behavior, says Jensen:
"The global failure to effectively support sub-Saharan Africa in terms of providing a basic level of economic opportunity directly connects to problems of wildlife poaching both for local consumption as food and for export to wealthy customers outside of Africa.
At the same time, the very fact that there is any interest in killing these animals amongst wealthy visitors suggests that there still needs to be a major change in how animals are viewed. As long as animals are viewed as just instruments to serve human purposes, with no intrinsic value as living creatures, it is not a great step to think it is okay to kill a lion if it makes you feel masculine or powerful."
What's more, is now that Cecil is dead, his cubs could be fatal danger:
"The saddest part of all is that, now that Cecil is dead, the next lion in the hierarchy, Jericho will most likely kill all Cecil's cubs so that he can insert his own bloodline into the females," Rodrigues told CNN. "This is standard procedure for lions."
Read more: http://uk.businessinsider.com/wildlife-expert-says-cecil-the-lion-killed-by-global-failure-2015-7?r=US&IR=T#ixzz3hJCpSJbF
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Tuesday, 28 July 2015
US dentist accused of killing Cecil the lion 'upset' as hunter becomes hunted
Who shot Cecil? First it was thought that a mystery Spaniard had the blood of one of Africa’s most famous lions on his hands. Then came a fresh twist. The Cecil slayer, Zimbabwean conservations said on Tuesday, was in fact a dentist from Minnesota.
American Walter Palmer was said to be “quite upset” as the hunter became hunted. Zimbabwean police warned that he faced poaching charges, while there was a furious backlash on social media, with Facebook users variously calling for him to be publicly shamed, have his teeth pulled out without anaesthetic or be hunted and killed.
Killer of Cecil the lion was dentist from Minnesota, claim Zimbabwe officials
Cecil the lion, known for his black mane, was about 13 years old and a famous attraction for wildlife tourists in Zimbabwe until, earlier this month, he was tempted outside a national park using bait and shot with a bow and arrow. He is believed to have taken 40 hours to die.
Monday, 27 July 2015
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