jblaskiJust because this is becoming another Tumblr Activist movement, lets at least make sure facts are correct.
1) Lions are not endangered, they are not listed on any endangered list.
2) There has been nothing shown that says the Dr. has done anything ILLEGAL. You may disagree with what he did according to your personal beliefs, but nothing illegal.
3) The guides are facing possible charges for the killing, if it turns out that the land that he was on didn't have a lion kill permit, even though the he legally had a lion hunting permit.
4) The Fox9 reporter out of Minneapolis is a complete fucking scumbag for posting pictures of the Dr's house, cars, and family. You may disagree with what he did, but putting his family in real danger is fucking low.
Any sources for those facts??
As for lions. They're numbers are decreasing. And there is calls to put them on the endangered list.
As for it not being illegal. In a joint statement from the Zimbabwe Parks and Widlife management, "Ongoing investigations to date suggest that the killing of the lion was illegal ... Therefore, all persons implicated in this case are due to appear in court facing poaching charges."
2 men have already had charges pressed over this killing. And as for the dentist. He issued a statement saying that to all his knowledge everything was done legally and he didn't know the lion was a fan favourite. To which I call bullshit on. Like if it was done legally (and that's a big if) the group he did it through would of known about Cecil being a huge draw for Zimbabwe tourism and the park. I get how some trophy hunting of animals can raise money for conservation efforts. But those hunts are done to lions that are outcasted by their pride. Not to a lion with cubs and is still in the pride. And surely not to a lion that draws in massive tourism money.
Also, why does it matter if this becomes a big SJW thingy on tumblr, facebook or any social media? Those platforms have huge audiences. Facebook has 1.44 billion members. That's a larger audience than any wildlife conservation group could possibly hope for. And as for Tumblr they have 300 million users. So whether the debate on trophy hunting is done through tumblr as apposed to running adds, either way it still draws light to a debate that is needed. Look at the affects of Kony 2012, it raised alot of attetion to the LRA and Kony himself. Pressure was put on governments to find him and stop the LRA. Although unsuccesful.