EDITORIAL: Hunting beautiful animals isn't appealing

OUR SAY: I never understood the thrill behind big game hunting.

A lot of attention has been drawn to the "sport" in Zimbabwe since Cecil the lion was killed by an American dentist.

What I find awful is the fact this man didn't apologise for killing a beautiful and protected creature, but for killing one that was well known.

Global outrage has since pushed the American dentist into hiding and Zimbabwe change its hunting laws, but what I find fascinating is the motivation of the men and women in big game hunting.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not anti-hunting.

I grew up in the country and I definitely wasn't a stranger to pig and kangaroo hunting.

Going through the bush and hunting down over-populated feral animals that are making a huge dent in the local farming economy seems much more honourable than paying tens of thousands of dollars to point your gun or bow at an animal and then pulling the trigger.

Big game hunters will retort that the price they pay to hunt goes back into protected animal conservation efforts.

Each to their own though.

But in my view, if you take pleasure or pride from killing a protected animal, whether that's a giraffe, lion, rhino or whatever, no amount of conservation money can make up for the humanity you lack.



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