The same organization that demands ethical treatment for all living creatures is now calling for the execution-style killing of a Minnesota dentist who allegedly illegally trophy hunted Cecil the lion in the African nation of Zimbabwe. However, there has been no similar outrage of reports that Jericho the lion will most likely kill all of Cecil’s lion cubs, reportedly numbering somewhere between a dozen to 24 after he forcibly impregnated six subservient and objectified lionesses.
As reported by The Washington Post on July 30, 2015, and also by The Blaze on July 28, 2015, the militant animal right organization PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) have openly called for Dr. Walter Palmer of Eden Prarie, Minnesota, to be hung by the neck until dead, but only after the formality of a trial and other various legalities have been checked off the to-do list. In an official statement from PETA co-founder and President Ingrid Newkirk acknowledged the fact that human beings are animals as well, but still demands death for the Mid-Western toothsmith.
Yet the Minneapolis area dentist stated last Tuesday that he was informed by his guides that the hunt was on the up and up. As quoted, Palmer stated, “I had no idea that the lion I took was a known, local favorite, was collared and part of a study until the end of the hunt. I relied on the expertise of my local professional guides to ensure a legal hunt.”
As PETA’s Newkirk stated in her statement, “Hunting is a coward’s pastime. If, as has been reported, this dentist and his guides lured Cecil out of the park with food so as to shoot him on private property, because shooting him in the park would have been illegal, he needs to be extradited, charged, and, preferably, hanged. To get a thrill at the cost of a life, this man gunned down a beloved lion, Cecil with a high-powered weapon. All wild animals are beloved by their own mates and infants, but to hunters like this overblown, over-privileged little man, who lack empathy, understanding, and respect for living creatures, they are merely targets to kill, decapitate, and hang up on a wall as a trophy. The photograph of this dentist, smiling over the corpse of another animal, who, like Cecil, wanted only to be left in peace, will disgust every caring soul in the world.”
Possibly a prime example of the whole circle of life thing, it remains unclear if Newkirk’s claim that Cecil not only wanted, but also comprehended the concept of being “left in peace,” if that included the thousands of gazelles, water buffaloes, zebras and gnus Cecil violently killed and ate during the course of his life. In what may also not help PETA’s agenda would be National Geographic making note on July 28, 2015, of organized trophy hunts that “many scientists, governments, and conservationists supporting the practice in order to raise funds for protections.” Also referenced was “a number of mainstream scientists, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and some conservation groups do support regulated trophy hunting, including the World Wildlife Fund. The group sent a letter to the U.S. government in 2009 arguing that regulated sport hunting can ‘strongly contribute to the enhancement of the survival of the species.’”
It still remains unclear if PETA will eventually call for criminal charges and the eventual execution of Jericho the lion. Not only NatGeo, but the Daily Beast reported on July 30, 2015, that with the death of Cecil, the next in line to assume the leadership of the pride would be an adult male named Jericho by local game wardens. As cited by both news sources, it’s widely expected that Jericho will kill all the cubs sired by Cecil in order to ensure the dominance of his own bloodline.
PETA has made a name for themselves as being one of the more vocal animal rights groups, also well known is their penchant for physically attacking those they disagree with. Case in point would be PETAs tactic of throwing paint on fur coat wearing posh society matrons. Inexplicably, PETA has never targeted the leather-clad likes of The Hell’s Angels or The Nomads motorcycle clubs.
In the meantime, the Reuters news agency is reporting that the death of Cecil isn’t really causing that much of a stir back in Zimbabwe. Summing up the Zimbabwean reaction, the Reuters headline simply asks “What lion?”