Saturday, 1 August 2015

Cecil the Lion and Antiquities Buyers

In my opinion few people are as far below contempt as the perverted psychopaths who shoot animals for "fun". I have no words to describe how I feel about this kind of thing.  An American dentist has won contempt and worse in the eyes of many people by going around the world killing creatures and then bragging about it on social media - but then paying 50000 dollars to go to Zimbabwe and there killing  Cecil the lion just outside a sanctuary where the animal was protected. He went out at night with a crossbow and wounded the animal which had been lured out of the reserve onto private land where there was some kind of a permit to allow killing. Sadly he missed and it was up to somebody else to track the severely injured animal and put it out of its misery - before of course skinning it and cutting its head off as a trophy for the killer, who reportedly soon left the country when he found he could not be delivered a big enough elephant to slaughter. Then when he found out people were criticising him, he said "how sorry he was" about killing the lion.

Hunters - The Far Side

The problem with jerks like this is that he failed to ask the right questions - like antiquities buyers. Where did that lion/ pot come from? How did it get here? Although it is "legal" to shoot/ buy it, what other considerations are there? Are there any factors in this transaction of which I am unaware? What actually are the laws of the source country?

The Zimbabwean environment minister has called for the hunter to be extradited from the US to face trial for financing an illegal hunt. Oppah Muchinguri told a news conference that Walter Palmer, 55, was a “foreign poacher” and said she understood Zimbabwe’s prosecutor general had started the process to have him extradited. Please let him go to Ziumbabwe and let them lock him up before he callously kills anything else for the trophies to decorate his den. Let's lock up a few dodgy antiquities dealers too.

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