Everyone who heard the story has been heart broken
- Everyone has seen Cecil’s picture
- What did Cecil want?
- He opened up the hearts of people around the world
- There’s absolutely no sport in trophy hunting
The world event everybody was focused on last week is that Cecil, the lion, was killed in South Africa by an American dentist big game hunter. Everyone who heard the story was heartbroken.
Everyone has seen Cecil’s picture and he wasn’t just another lion that a hunter shot. He had been a research study for the last six years and was living on a protected reserve.
What did Cecil want? He wanted to be protected. He wanted his family to be safe and wanted to be the best lion and father he could be. This isn’t unlike any person with a family. Looking at his picture you could see he had dignity and a strong presence. His eyes told you that his soul had great wisdom and depth.
By his sad killing, he opened up the hearts of people around the world and raised human consciousness about the senseless killings of magnificent animals. He also brought to light a sense of shame about the current state of humanity that unconnected people with arrogant privilege are compelled to hunt down animals that are endangered species, kill and skin them and mount their heads on their trophy room walls.
There’s absolutely no sport in trophy hunting. It’s a different situation if you are hunting to eat, but hunting just to kill magnificent animals in other countries is something we find as disgusting and unacceptable on anyone’s journey.
QUESTION: What should readers take away from this message today?
ANSWER: That so many people were disturbed and angry by Cecil’s death that hopefully trophy hunting will be banned in most countries.
QUESTION: Why is this information timely?
ANSWER: This information is timely because just after Cecil’s killing was a second lion death shot by a poacher and also another doctor has been exposed for killing endangered species on sport safaris.
QUESTION: How can readers best apply this information to their lives right now?
ANSWER: You should get a photograph of Cecil and keep it where you look at it every day to remind yourself just how majestic these endangered animals are and see the horrible abuse in killing them.
COMMENTARY: It’s all about the money. These big game hunters get away with this senseless killing because they pay thousands of dollars to desperate people in impoverished countries to make their hunts possible, the government, the land owners and the safari guides. This is the only reason it can happen. So no matter how horrible this killing of Cecil is, as well as other magnificent animals, this will not end until the desperation of these people has been addressed.