Oh boy, before we begin here let’s make something clear – killing Cecil was not a good thing in and of itself. He was in fact an innocent animal who didn’t deserve to just randomly be killed. This article is not about defending his death.
Rather, this whole incident, which we have dubbed “lion-gate”, is an interesting opportunity to examine the human outrage machine we call social media. People of all strips have been calling for Doctor Palmer’s death for killing Cecil. Including celebrities and left-wing outlets who have a history of opposing the death penalty for criminals who kill humans.
Most ridiculous was the reaction from PETA. The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals called for his hanging. Not joking:
“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.” – PETA President Ingrid Newkirk
Maybe PETA needs a reminder that humans are animals too, and it isn’t too ethical to hang animals. But hey, this comes from an organization that kills animals routinely. I guess it’s okay for them to do it, and not the dentists of the world because, well, PETA is morally superior. They’re our betters. We should just shut up and go back to not harming flies when they buzz in our face.
It’s pretty obvious that most of the outrage over Cecil the lion’s death isn’t genuine. No, the great majority of people don’t truly weep for a lion that they never heard of until their high school friend shared it on her newsfeed last night. Rather, this is about band-wagon jumping. It’s the exact same thing as Kony 2012. The whole internet collectively loses their sh*t for a brief 48 hour period, and then everyone, and I mean everyone, forgets about it at once and continues with their bland lives, happy that they found a small bit of meaning tweeting death threats at a dentist who just didn’t think things through.
Most of you, especially those in America, know of someone who hunts. You yourself most likely eat meat. Where’s your day-to-day outrage? Why are deer and cows not worth a passing glance but one lion is worth it all? Is the lion that much more conscious of its own existence than these aforementioned creatures? Not really, perhaps a bit at most.
The reason is simple – for most people lions are majestic creatures, symbols of Disney movies, Animal Planet, and National Geographic. They become glorified in our minds and so their murder isn’t permissible. It’s the definition of judging a life based on what it looks like and the social standards assigned to it, as opposed to what it truly is on the inside. Ironic coming from left wing activists especially.