Cecil The Lion And The Art Of Outrage: Here’s How You Can Actually Help Lions And Other Big Cats
Well, the good news in all of this Cecil the Lion outrage is that they've found the villain for Spider-Man 4. Of course it has to be ...
Kraven the Hunter
Mild-mannered Dr. Walter Palmer takes a special serum to become the deadly Kraven the Hunter. Marvel Comics bio: Kraven is a crazed big game hunter who wants to capture and kill our hero to prove he’s the best hunter in the world. Uses a serum similar to Spider-Man’s to give him super-strength and agility.
He also, apparently, has invisibility powers. The latest: The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service wants to find him, and has opened a probe into the incident. But Dr. Palmer is nowhere to be found. His Minnesota office has been shut down, and he's apparently on the lam, reportedly having received death threats. This includes a veiled threat by noted animal activist and former Luanne Nivens, Betty White.
Actress Betty White on Cecil-slaying dentist: "You don't want to hear some of the things I want to do to that man": http://t.co/PBsk0RUjBx
— The Associated Press (@AP) July 30, 2015
Other protests are looking more or less like this:
— CNBC (@CNBC) July 30, 2015
Social media, of course, is rife with weekend animal rights warriors, decrying the murder of Cecil and expressing hatred toward Dr. Palmer. And you know, I have no real problem with that. There are more than 350 lions killed every year by U.S. tourists in Africa, and most of it is done on legal hunts. But there's a huge disconnect between those who think that killing these large, magnificent and endangered beasts is immoral, and those who think hunting "big game" animals is just fine. The pendulum is definitely, and defiantly, swinging the way of the former sensibility, but it's going to take time.
So the outrage is good -- unless it's just venting. Because posting a mean message on Facebook and then forgetting about the entire thing is a waste of everyone's time. Do you really want to help lions, tigers and other endangered big cats? There are better ways of doing it. Here are a few:
* Which international airlines still allow transport of lion, tiger, elephant and rhino hunting trophies? Despite a petition that has garnered nearly 60,000 signatures, Delta Airlines has refused a call to ban such trophies from their flights. But South African Airways, one of the biggest airlines on the African continent, recently has banned big game trophies. Here's a scorecard, as of 2014:
* Never attend a circus that uses animals as entertainment. Actually, don't attend a circus in any event, as they are smelly and lame and infested with clowns.
* Support the University of Oxford Wildlife Conservation Research Unit.
* Support Big Cat Rescue. Founded in 1992, it is currently home to more than 80 lions, tigers, bobcats, and other species which have been abandoned or mistreated.
* Support World Wildlife Fund: Adopt a lion.
* Donate to the African Predator Conservation Research Organization.
So we can use this incident as a source of outrage. But without following it up with positive acts, it's little more than shouting into the wind.
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