The Death of Betty the Chicken

This July 31, 2015 article by the New York Times Editorial Board has been rewritten substituting the life of a chicken for a lion. Additional words have been changed to reflect the life of a chicken. All non-original content is in bold. The article now reads how it would be written in a more just society.

The Death of Cecil the Lion Betty the Chicken

The death of Cecil, the black-maned lion Betty, the chicken killed by an American big-game hunter in Zimbabwe in Indiana, has unleashed a global storm of Internet indignation. The hunter accused killer, Dr. Walter Palmer, a dentist from Minnesota, Eric Wagner, a laborer from Ohio, has been forced into hiding.

On the face of it, the reasons are not hard to discern: In an era of dwindling wildlife, a human health crisis, climate change, and concern for animal welfare, proliferation of threatened species and a shameful history of large-scale poaching of elephants slaughter of pigs, cows, turkeys, and fish, and other beasts, big-game hunting in Africa animal agriculture does not hold the allure it may have had in Teddy Roosevelt’s Ronald Reagan’s day. And Cecil Betty was no ordinary lion chicken but that doesn’t matter because all animals matter equally in today’s society.

The 13-year-old lion 6-month-old chicken was a star attraction at the Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe, out of which the hunters lured him with a carcass, and he wore a collar by which scientists at the University of Oxford had been tracking him since 2008. unknown to the world. It was wrong and, according to the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force U.S. Department of Agriculture, illegal to kill Cecil Betty. Dr. Palmer Mr. Wagner, who reportedly gets paid more than $50,000 for the hunt$15 per hour at his job, said he relied on local guides archaic traditions and did not know it was an illegal hunt. An official at the United States Fish and Wildlife Service Federal Bureau of Investigation said the agency is also investigating the case.

Some humans are still very selective in their attitudes toward threatened species, and obviously CecilBetty, a beautiful beast sentient being, is the beneficiary of very selective attention deserved to be treated like all other animals. And while critics and non-hunters billions of people who don’t eat animals are repelled by the killing of beautiful animals simply for bragging rights food, hunters people who still eat animals are not the main reason for the decline in the population of African lions — about 30,000 today, down from 200,000 a century ago their premature, gruesome, and unnecessary deaths. The main threat, as to many other animals large and small, is a vanishing habitat. Some hunters argue that they help conservation through their efforts to maintain the habitats of their prey.

These rare debates will not be ended by Cecil’s Betty’s cruel death, but maybe something important can come of the public outrage. It should refocus attention on the many species that are in danger killed every year, particularly elephants, rhinos chickens, cows, pigs, and fish and other beasts being destroyed for their tusks, horns and other body parts. President Obama was right on his African trip to forgo the usual safari animal-based meals and instead to announce new legal measures to curtail the transport and sale of elephant ivory in the United States. he would only eat plant-based food.

The fury over Cecil’s Betty’s death should also prompt some soul-searching among hunters people who pursue African game, a large number of whom are well-to-do Americans buy products tested on animals, wear fur and leather, and pay to see animals exploited at places like SeaWorld, circuses, and zoos. In one particularly dreadful SeaWorld practice called “canned” hunting One Ocean, captured whales are forced to perform tricks, and in the few remaining underground circuses, elephants are beaten with a bullhook until they submit to follow orders to entertain paying customers.

Australia Fortunately, most of the world has banned the importation of trophies from “canned” hunts, and Botswana for one has banned lion hunting (Zambia, however, lifted its ban on lion and leopard hunting in May). cruel and unnecessary practice of raising animals for food. Such measures could help reduce the kills, but It is well established that the survival of many species will require far more shared responsibility than nations and communities are currently willing to accept. resulted from people realizing that animals are here with us, not for us, and that we must take every step possible to ensure the same rights of freedom for them as we do for ourselves. Fortunately, we now live in a time when it is commonly accepted that we have no more right to abuse,confine, exploit, or kill an animal than we do a person. Future generations will look back at this period of time with great admiration that people shed the misguided traditions of previous centuries and learned to extend compassion to all animals.

10 thoughts on “The Death of Betty the Chicken

  1. I agree with everything, Andrew, but not quite sure why you made this statement regarding circus elephants: In one particularly dreadful SeaWorld practice called One Ocean, captured whales are forced to perform tricks, and in the few remaining underground circuses, elephants are beaten with a bullhook until they submit to follow orders to entertain paying customers.
    There are still many circuses with elephants and many other animals performing. There is; RIngling Bros, Cole Bros, UniverSoul, Kelly Miller, Great American Family Circus, Carden, Circus Hollywood, and there are many others all across this country, and all over the world. Please give me the names of the ones that have been shut down.

  2. Wow, what an ingenious way to rephrase things in a different light, Andrew. Have you considered submitting it to the NY Times (or anyplace else)? This is extremely creative and original.

    1. Yes, please consider it, Andrew! Our movement sorely needs creative & innovative ways like this to reach people and to also rebuild bridges burned down by those who think being negative is the answer. What you’ve written here speaks volumes in a logically & factual way that is hard to dismiss as just the ranting of angry vegans. Well done! 🙂

  3. It’s not “being negative” to call others out on their hypocrisy in any way, and it’s not “the ranting of angry vegans”. I do admire Andrew’s creativity, but calling others “negative” is not reasonable or fair, Christine.

    1. I apologize for any any offense my comments may have caused and if you found my descriptions unreasonable or unfair. Please know I was speaking from my own experience and those that I’ve seen expressed by others over many years. Whether or not this is reasonable or fair, this is the impact and repercussion of what I have seen.
      I value, understand and respect the abolitionist vegan philosophy, but I’ve come the conclusion that in reality it’s unfortunately not practical if real changes are to be made to make this a better world for animals.
      There are better forums where a discussion of the topic of what you bring up in your comment would be better suited, and I’d rather not distract any further from the positive impact this post by Andrew may hold.
      If you propose the idea “If you don’t like it, then don’t read it”, please know that works both ways
      Thanks & I apologize again for any offense.

  4. Love it, great job!. No matter the species, no matter if they have a name or not: they have our same right to live, and live free.
    I share, imho this should be posted everywhere

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