The PC police are always on the lookout for the latest faux outrage. They are never content unless they find something new to wax indigent about. It happens with such regularity that you could set your watch by it. The current "outrage" is a hunter who shot a lion. And this isn't the first time. Remember the Rebecca Francis kerfuffle?
The hunter has issued a futile apology. Futile, because his critics will never forgive him. It's too late. Can't bring Cecil back to life.
The hunter is now persona non grata for life. Forever banished from the charmed circle of the politically correct.
Now, I'm not into big game hunting, but how do these critics think lions die in the wild? Do they think lions naturally die a peaceful death? I bet you most of them don't stop to think about it at all. That would interfere with their knee-jerk emoting.
So many professed animal lovers know nothing about animals. I'm not an expert on African wildlife, but I think I can safely say a few things about the lifecycle of lions.
Although male lions are capable hunters, they are not as capable as a lioness or tiger. A lion is designed to fight other lions. That makes it a bit musclebound.
And, of course, lionesses are often successful in hunting due to teamwork. By contrast, the primary function of a lion is to protect the pride.
Once a lion passes his prime, he is doomed. He will be ousted by a younger rival.
There are different ways he may die. He may bleed to death from his wounds. He may die of infection. If he's injured, he will begin to starve.
Even if he isn't seriously harmed, an aging lion lacks the speed and agility to be a successful solitary hunter. So he will begin to starve.
Any sign of weakness is deadly on the savannah. Herd animals can sometimes compensate by protecting weaker members. To some extent a pride will protect an aging lioness.
No such luck for the lion. A lone aging lion doesn't have that backup system. Hyenas or Cape hunting dogs will probably kill him. A bite here, a bite there. He will be too weak to fight back.
I once saw a nature show about a lioness bitten by a cobra, which left her almost incapacitated. It didn't take long for other predators to view her as their next meal.
And it's not as if lions are exactly nice animals. To be sympathetic to the plight of a lion is to be unsympathetic to the plight of a zebra. If you could poll zebras on the death of Cecil, what do you think the results would be?
I daresay many people who are outraged by the death of Cecil are the same kind of people who say they don't believe in God due to the problem of pain in the animal kingdom. But death by a bullet is a lot quicker than death by "natural causes" on the savannah. Logically, they should classify big game hunting as mercy killing.
In addition, many men naturally enjoy hunting. That's instinctual. So even on secular or evolutionary grounds, what's wrong with big game hunting?