upset me so much, I had to take time to mention it.
Photo by Brent Staplecamp
Here is Cecil in his sanctuary from 2012. You would think he was safe in a protected national park.
An Evil Act by an Evil Person
I'm not against hunting. I'm not a vegan or vegetarian, I eat meat, chicken, and fish. I have nothing against most hunters just for the fact that they hunt – some people enjoy that type of thing, just like some people enjoy fishing. Hell, the fact they make video games about hunting or fishing or include them in MMOs like Warcraft shows there is a subset of gamers who like those activities – even virtually.
So when I see something like this appalling human being that killed a lion in Zimbabwe earlier this month I am really pissed off – Not because he is a hunter or because he gets off on slaughtering animals for sport so he can place their heads on a wall somewhere. No, hunting is legal, even hunting lions and many endangered species. No, I am mad because this evil person did what all evil people do – they justify their actions, at least to themselves, and expect everyone to agree that they were justified. Somehow he knew more or less than everyone else and that because of that, it was ok for him to perpetrate such a terrible act.
So this Walter J. Palmer claims he acted in what he believed was a legal manner to kill a protected lion – one that had a GPS collar and was being studied by scientists half a world away.
I wanted to look at his statement released to the Star Tribune and see how this upstanding dentist could possibly have engaged I such a dreadful act.
He hired several professional guides – hmm – as far as I know, professional guides do not lure protected animals out of a protected sanctuary legally.
He claims he secured all proper permits – hmm – I don't think there are any proper permits to kill a protected animal, maybe there are permits that allow professional guides to entice a creature out of their sanctuary?
Then Mr. Palmer uses the caveat that all evil people use – “To my knowledge…” So this dentist did his full due diligence and to his knowledge these guides were not engaging in illegal activity and “everything about the trip was legal and properly handled and conducted.” So I suppose the legal way to dispose of a GPS collar once discovered on the lion you just killed is to try to destroy it? And of course, the discovery that you just killed an animal that was protected and being studied means that you should immediately behead it, skin it, and try to hide the fact that you were involved with the slaughter by trying to ship the head back to America to put on your wall.
How can this excuse for a person expect anyone to believe him? According to the Star Tribune, he's done things like this before. I guess to his knowledge, the best way to deal with a bear that you killed outside of legal hunting grounds is to carry it's dead carcass back to the legal area so you get credit for the kill.
So if he's such a great hunter, why does he resort to illegal activities to show off his prowess? Why does he kill creatures outside legal zones? Why does he resort to luring animals out of their protected sanctuaries to kill them? Does he need a barrel to shoot some fish? Why does he attempt to hide his involvement in illegal activity? The simple answer is that he is evil.
Is this the dentist you want? Is this the parent of the kids you want your children to interact with? Is this the hunter you want living down the street? Someone who has no problem engaging in illegal activities and then has no problem trying to hide those activities from authorities. He wasn't growing a pot plant for crying out loud!
In my view, all hunters should despise this excuse for a human being. This is the scum that encourages people to be against hunting. This is the type of evil person who thinks its ok to act however he wants – he can always regret it later, apologize, and claim he was entirely within his legal rights to the best of his knowledge. This is the current representative for all hunters – he's not getting you any positive PR.
In my view, all dentists should hate this excuse for a human being. This pathetic creature thinks there are 2 things a dentist can do in their off hours – golf or illegally kill protected animals – since according his statement in the New York Times, he doesn't have a golf game. People already hate going to the dentist – do you want this guy representing you?
In my view, this sad person deserves any and all grief he is receiving from the internet masses. He deserves the public shaming. He deserves people abandoning and boycotting his dental practice.
I just hope he gets the prison time he truly deserves. What happens to poachers in Zimbabwe? Don't some countries cut off hands or something like that?
Morning Ramble #25
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