Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: Killing Cecil the lion: A tipping point in exposing hunting’s rape of wildlife

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“The revulsion about the lion Cecil’s death is an indication of changing times.” — Thom Hartmann

Walter Palmer, Minneapolis area dentist, paid some guides to tie a carcass to their vehicle to bait a protected lion, a beloved mascot for Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. He shined a spotlight on Cecil to shoot him at night, bow-hunting. What is not widely known by non-hunters is that bow-hunting, like trapping and hounding, causes an extremely cruel and torturous death. Palmer and his guides wounded the lion, but he was left to die slowly, killed 40 hours later by rifle. It is common once an animal has been wounded with an arrow to allow him or her to bleed out slowly, to weaken that animal for an easy kill a day or more later. Baiting, killing using lights, killing a father with a pride — this is extremely sick behavior. The Wisconsin…

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One thought on “Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: Killing Cecil the lion: A tipping point in exposing hunting’s rape of wildlife

  1. This comment is here just in case the one posted to the original article somehow gets disapproved, deleted, or whatever means of silencing or censorship occurs.

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    Ms. Patricia Randolph,

    This almost sounds like you are opposed to ALL hunting, period.

    Though we have grocery stores and stuff like this today, are we REALLY eating as healthy as our formerly-hunting forebears???

    And what about those who actualy hunt for subsistence? – Are we to totally do away with their means of feeding themselves too?

    * * *

    Though I am thoroughly aghast at some of the hunting practices of today, especially those that are meant to be “profitable”, but I still believe we can do a little better job of being a little more humane about it.

    And by the way,

    Do you seriously think Nature has as kind a heart towards its victims as YOU and others may wish to see it as? I am afraid I have bad news for much of you, Nature can be just as cruel about her dealings with the hunted – as well as the dying hunters! Though I love the simplicity and understand HOW Nature adjudicates “Her” will on the landscape, but death and dying are realities in the natural world, and some of those deaths can be considered exceedingly cruel and horrible in our eyes. – However, Nature sees things differently!

    Have you ever watched a pack of wolves or coyotes when they are pursuing and killing their prey???

    They are not the kindest and warm-hearted when it comes to dismembering their prey – WHILE IT IS STILL ALIVE AND FEELING THE HORRIBLE PAIN! – Yet, that is sometimes how death comes to those whose “number” has come.

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    Please do not misunderstand me,

    What some of these human “hunters” have in mind, and how they go about their “hunting”, leaves much to the demise of the “sport” (IE: Giving their prey a fair chance, at least) as one can imagine. Their wasteful attitudes also leave a bad taste in my mouth, but this does not mean that ALL hunting, whether by gun, bow-and-arrow, or the use of traps should be considered “out-dated”, “evil”, or whatever other negative connotations when can muster to mind.

    In Nature,

    There are the hunters,

    And then there are the hunted.

    If we “needed” to “trophy out” several different species that are so endangered, then perhaps we should do like we have done with much of our choice food animals: Farm them, and then set up enclosed “hunting preserves” for them as the prized species. Under such conditions, we have a better control of conduct of the perspective (paying) hunters, as well as better management of wastes and wasteful practices!


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