I have always hated the ‘sport’ of trophy hunting, but to hear the justification of this ‘sport’ from the murderer of Cecil the lion, I saw it in a new light. He actually described the activity as something he loved to do. He loved to go and kill innocent, exotic animals and nail their corpses up to his wall. He didn’t just enjoy it; he loved it. He loved to kill. I’m sure he doesn’t see it as killing since it’s animals, but it is killing and it has been observed that while we see trouble in that behavior in children, in adults we seem to label it a ‘sport’ and look the other way. I’d like to remind all that it is still just as troubling, maybe more so. A grown man actually loves to hunt down animals and kill them for nothing more than the bragging rights. This one in particular actually lured the lion from its safe zone and then didn’t just shoot it dead; he wounded it, it bled for about two days and then he finally put the beast out of its misery only to behead and skin it. I saw the picture of his acquisition. He was smiling and so proud. What a piece of human garbage.
Sadly, he is not the only hunter out there gunning for some of the most rare and endangered species out there. There are thousands of these psychos running around with their guns. Yes, you Assholes. You are psychos. Just because you’re not killing humans doesn’t mean you’re not still killing. You enjoy killing. You get off on it and you need it to make yourselves feel something that tickles that sick, unspeakable place in your backwards brains.
I’m not one of those people who believe that God is punishing us for anything we are currently doing in the world, but if I were, I’d think he wasn’t punishing us for gay marriage or abortion or anything like that. I would think he’s punishing us for the way we’ve been treating this planet and its inhabitants. When I was in school and we were studying the book of Genesis in the Bible (You know, that book all the Christians say they’ve read but really haven’t) it describes our role on this planet as the caregivers. We were supposed to tend the garden over here. Our duty was to farm the land and help it grow and to protect the animals that live here. Instead we pollute the planet with toxic chemicals, rip the resources out of the Earth no matter the pollution it causes and these hunters are out there conducting a genocide of creatures that are unable to defend themselves. God didn’t want us killing, chopping up and displaying his animals for our egos. We have failed in our responsibility to this planet and if we were being punished for anything, that would be it.
Now, I’m not a vegetarian. I’m a meat eater. I admit that, so I don’t really account for the use of cows, pigs, birds and fish for food. Other animals eat meat in the wild. They kill for food. That is the food chain and it’s all natural. God made carnivores. He knows some of us are going to eat others, but I don’t eat anything more exotic than a duck or turkey. Besides my thing is about the more exotic and complex animals in the world. Lions, elephants, rhinos, etc. Cows will never go extinct. We breed enough of those. It’s the animals out in the wild who need our help, and I think they deserve our help. I’ll say it now. I proudly value animal lives over human lives. There are some people out there outraged that there’s so much upset over Cecil but no one is making a stink over Planned Parenthood. I say screw the humans. Honestly, there are plenty of us. In fact, I think we should legalize the hunting of humans in order to thin our numbers some. We could use a few years of zero population growth. Besides, planned parenthood. Doesn’t that sound like a good thing? Shouldn’t people plan their families, or do you want your kids to go out there unarmed with any education and get themselves pregnant before High School? Besides, in the case of abortions, that is a situation where the mother is choosing to end a pregnancy. There is no baby. It’s not even really a life form at that point. Hunting on the other hand is a creature being hunted down and taken without consent or notice. Cecil’s cubs were expecting to wake up and find him there with the pride in the morning. His death was not a choice but an tragic event perpetrated by greedy assholes who thought just because they had money, they could do whatever they wanted. I digress. The point is, it is our duty as a life form to protect other life forms. We shouldn’t be killing for the sake of sport. In nature, killing is only for preserving your own life. It’s not about trophies or whatever prestige they bring. Why are humans so destructive? Why do they love to kill so much? What do they get out of it? Why can’t they be enriched with positive actions? Hunt down some poachers. Save a life. Do something to make the world stronger. I guess that’s not as much fun. It seems humans always prefer whatever is easiest. We love to kill because it’s easier to do than protect. We love tabloids because we love to hear horrible things about famous people. We always take the low road and wallow in the worst of everything. All wild animals should be protected from all forms of hunters, even if it’s being done in the name of conservation. I think if the animal population gets bigger, that means the humans pack up and go somewhere to give them the room they need. They were here first. We’re the invaders and every animal has the right to life and to live that life. I say we have a global ban on guns. Every country on Earth. No guns on Earth, so if you’re going to hunt or kill, you have to do it with your bare hands. Most people who use guns are cowards, which is why they are using the gun in the first place.