The Economic Argument For Killing Cecil The Lion Doesn’t Hold Up

Emilio Cogliani

The Internet’s been in an uproar this week after news spread of the killing of Cecil the lion by an American dentist. Yelp reviewers called the man a murderer, locals set up a memorial outside his closed office in Bloomington, Minnesota, and officials in Zimbabwe, where the hunt took place, are calling for the man’sextradition.

Walter Palmer, who paid around $55,000 to kill Cecil, may face poaching charges for shooting the lion with a crossbow after it was lured out of a protected national park. Palmersaid in a statementto a local paper that he believed his hunt was legal.”I had no idea that the lion I took was a known, local favorite, was collared and part of a study until the end of the hunt,” he said.

Trophy hunts are lawful in many parts of Africa, including South Africa, Namibia and Tanzania, and buyers can shell…

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Open Letter to the Wimpy Dentist Who Killed Cecil, the Beloved Lion, for His Own Amusement

Emilio Cogliani


Who the hell gets a kick out of killing a majestic lion?

Does luring a beloved lion out of a sanctuary so you can kill him for your own amusement make you a man? Does killing any lion anywhere make you a man? Lions aren’t exactly encroaching on suburban neighborhoods like yours or mine and threatening to eat our children or pets, now are they?

Lions aren’t tearing around in trucks waving black flags and shouting “Death to Americans!” They aren’t going on social media to spew hatred and incite violence in the name of their god, now are they?

Don’t we have real bad guys to fight? How about you focus your desire to fight to the death against people who traffic women and children as sex slaves? How about you aim that killer instinct against mass murderers who are still on the loose? Maybe go after people who…

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Cecil The Lion: A Big-picture Guide to Directed Outrage

Emilio Cogliani


David Shiffman of Southern Fried Science was kind enough to send me his 11-point thought piece on the killing of Cecil. Here’s my list; I only have four points.

1) Humans are by far the kindest, most compassionate, most creative, most violent, most destructive and most misery-inducing animal in the history of the world. We are the only creature capable of creating global problems. Demonstrably, we are not capable of solving the biggest problems we create. By any definition we are an invasive species, now at plague proportion. Because there are too many of us, extinction rates are sharply up. We are creating an extinction spasm unprecedented in tens of millions of years.

2) That puts into proportion the saddest fact: Cecil’s illegal and inhumane killing represents the merest whisper of the deafening roar of the catastrophe we are bringing to lions and all other large land animals. Expanding…

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