People of the internet, the age we live in.
First of all, there’s this thing called the internet, a tool in which it allows you to skewer and mock people you don’t know from the comfort of a computer chair.
Which I am about to do.
But still, in this day and age, you don’t go hunting a rapidly declining species. Then pose for a professional shot to be posted on your Facebook wall. Then tweet about it on Twitter for the whole world to see.
Melissa Bachman got huge backlash for this, I mean, when you put something this controversial up for the world to see the world is going to say something back. But then there was backlash against the backlash, saying that South Africa is the problem, or that people on the internet were being their usual sexist, misogynistic selves.
All I see is a dead lion. There are only 15,000 left in Africa, and one species, the West African lion, has a population of 600 or so. Which means it is facing probable extinction.
Lions are big cats, and they behave in very similar fashion. When it’s hot, they stretch out and nap under the shades of trees. When it’s cool, they stretch out and nap in the sun. Often on safaris you can see footage of male and female lions walking alongside the trucks, or even an entire pack lying down in the trucks path. Drivers have to honk to spook the lions out of the way.
There was no ‘skill’ used by Melissa Bachman to hunt down this animal. She was not protecting her life or the lives of someone else. She paid a driver to take her to where lions were and she likely found a male just lying in the shade.
You can travel to Africa. You can take a safari tour and see these beautiful beasts out in the wild. Or you can take a day and head to a big city zoo where you can see up close in captivity. Or you can go to the library and rent out a documentary or book to learn more about them.
But you don’t have to shoot them. I don’t hunt, nor do I understand hunting as a ‘sport’, but there is no hunting mantra or metaphor that explains the reasoning behind the trophy kill of a member of a vulnerable species.
Today I ranted about the hunting of lions in Africa.