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Black Lives Matter. All Lives Matter. Cecil's Life Mattered.





I'm sure by now you've heard about the death of Cecil the black maned lion. Well if you haven't, Cecil was the lion killed by American dentist; Dr Walter Palmer from Minnesota (Google for more details), by wounding him with a crossbow after stalking the injured cat for days, shot him, beheaded him and skinned him.
    At the first sighting of a headline about the killing of Cecil, my immediate thought was that the lion must have escaped into society, put people's lives at risk, probably even mualed a few, therefore making his demise imperative. You can therefore imagine my horror when I learnt he was killed for sport, some perverse pleasure, for fun, for some sick sense of accomplishment... The kind that comes with having the proud head of a king hanging on your wall.  

What kind of person flies thousands of miles, from the USA to Zimbabwe, just to kill such a great animal just for the thrill of it? I've always found it very distasteful and disconcerting, the killing of animals for sport. Kill to eat, kill to feed, to survive, to subsist. But for fun? I don't care that hunting is legal (although poaching, which Walter is guilty of is illegal) and that its tradition for some, I think it's a coward's game!

To so many people it's outrageous, the outrage Cecil's killing has caused. It's abominable that someone would start a cause over the death of an animal and people would actually donate and raise hundreds of thousands of dollars. Many have screamed blue murder at the injustice; PETA suggesting he be hanged (which I find excessive), and people defacing his office with stuffed animals and written invectives. I was not remotely surprised when some people became offended by it all; it's just an animal for gods sake! What about the black people being killed by white cops on a daily basis? What about the lives lost? How come these folk have never been so outraged by the killing of innocent, sometimes defenseless black people by white cops? Why do these police men face no charges and most times get to keep their jobs, and people are calling for Dr Walter to be charged and convicted? How come everybody is silent? Why hasn't Jimmy Kimmel championed a cause for black lives and cried on national TV over the unjust killing of an unarmed black man by a white cop? Black lives matter!!!

And I strongly agree. Black lives, all lives, do matter. 

All lives including Cecil's. And while I in no way equate the lives of a hundred Cecils to the life of one man, black, white, yellow or pink, I still find the murder of Cecil, reprehensible, thoughtless, senseless, and like all other murders, criminal! 

Yes all lives do matter. The Black Americans question if the life of a lion is worth more than the lives of blacks in America? I can see how it could look that way, but I don't agree that it's the same thing. Cecil while only a lion, was thirteen, he was famed, he had made his country thousands of dollars in viewing, but more importantly he was innocent and defenseless, and for the perverse pleasure of one man, was lured out of wildlife to a death so meaningless. 

The manner of his death saddens me, the reason; none, saddens me even more. 



The question I have however, is if Cecil's death could cause such an uproar, having people march to the dentist's office and make threats, start funds and donations, have PETA and Jimmy Kimmel among others, raise their voices... Then why the silence about the numerous and increasing death of black men by police officers. The President is black, the most successful musicians in the US are black, one of the most powerful women in the US and the world at large, Oprah, is black, one of the most successful movie makers in the US, and the world at large, Tyler Perry, is black... So why is anyone yet to champion a cause that could potentially put an end to racist killings by white police men? 

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  1. That shows how the sacredness of life in general has diminished everywhere in the world. How messed up our priorities are as a people (US championing gay rights when people are dying in thousands for useless reasons, when hunger is still the order of the day in Africa)

    I believe Nigeria should be substituted with world in the song "Which Way Nigeria" j

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  2. This Cecil issue is supposed to be sensitive but it's not to me. I'm outraged myself but that's simply because I'm in love with cats...all cats. A lion being ambushed and killed by pack of hyenas saddens me let alone a coward killing one for sport. But the truth is I could care less for a python, a crocodile, or a scorpion.

    Some of these people outraged are mainly animal rights activists and lovers. The rest of the world (and probably the Zimbabwean government) is just cashing in on the *chaos*. So I wouldn't say it's about "All lives matter", because a viper can go extinct for all I care.

    Poor Cecil :'(

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  3. Reminds me of one CSI episode I watched where they kidnapped pple and used them as spot. Memphis weldone o

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  4. Reminds me of one CSI episode I watched where they kidnapped pple and used them as spot. Memphis weldone o

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  5. Reminds me of one CSI episode I watched where they kidnapped pple and used them as spot. Memphis weldone o

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  6. So the other day someone came knocking asking if I would like to sign a petition because bees are dying and something needed to be done, made me think are bees worth more than human life's? Y hasn't anyone come knocking for a petition against all the killings whether black, white , orange , purple?

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    1. Lol...ur story made me laugh. Hehehe. Bees ke? Wetin we no go hear?

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    2. My sister na so oh. She was going from house to house oh

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  7. Cecil was a beautiful. A lion with black mane? Beautiful...

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    1. Lol,dont mind my typo biko,im not myself right now...lol

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  8. Human beings are selfish and that is why the World is where it is today with reference to natural resources. Man cares about drilling for oil but does not care about the fish that would die from oil spillage #Selfish. Man cares about glory from a sport but does not care about the animals that would go extinct #Selfish. Man cares about felling trees but does not care about the general benefits of the forest #Selfish.

    If you ever though in your head that Cecil is just an animal then you are #Selfish. This World does not belong to man alone, we have dominated it but why are we allowing other animals get extinct? The reason why the Lion's life is important is because the total number of Lions has drastically reduced in the last decade. If measures are not put in place Lions would be extinct before we know it.

    It is not possible to go to Europe or America and kill any animal that is almost extinct. You will pay dearly for it.

    It is also #Selfish to compare the lives of black people to the Lion's life. Are we jealous of the Lions attention or what? There is already a movement against the maltreatment of black people and blacks have been so careless and ignorant in handling the matter that so many white people would rather stay off. Scheew. Im upset...

    Peace.

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    1. wee you keep quieeeeeeet

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