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.
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.