People around the world were dumbfounded and infuriated when they learned how a rich American dentist had paid tens of thousands of dollars to kill Zimbabwe's most famous lion, Cecil. Although the way the lion was lured out of the game reserve where he was living in order to be shot shows only the tip of the iceberg that is the hunting industry in Africa, the very top "anti-award" in that respect actually goes to the private reserves here in South Africa. Here lions live in captivity like chickens in a poultry farm, bred in the hundreds so that posh tourists
could pay an average African worker's biannual wage's worth for the opportunity to hunt them
with rifles and bows for this one sick purpose: getting a trophy they could then boast with to their friends and business partners. It is a very lucrative business that our political leaders would not relinquish, no matter the international outcry.
A shocking investigation under the guise of just another ordinary documentary film
shows that various safari companies even send potential hunters a catalogue from which they could pick a particular specimen to hunt. Prices start from 5 thousand dollars and could reach as high as 50 thousand, depending on the size of the animal. South Africa is a preferred destination for wealthy tourists who want to add a new trophy to their ever expanding collections, and in result an average of about 1000 lions are killed here every year. But of course you haven't heard about them, because they are not as famous as Cecil. We have talked of empathy before
, this magic human trait that makes thousands of deaths matter less than a single famous death - or was it the reversed? The upside of it all being, now that Cecil's tragedy has become world news, perhaps more people would decide to look a bit more closely at the bigger, well, lion
in the room?
Thankfully, campaigns against
the horrors of the canned lions industry now have a real chance of gaining additional momentum. By the way, here is the trailer to the Blood Lions documentary:
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