Cecil the lion’s memory is still fresh in the minds of his admirers.
Cecil the lion was shot by a big game hunter. It was an illegal act. Yet the hunter and many of his accomplices went unpunished. One of the companions of the hunter is named Theo Bronkhorst. He's accused of abetting Walter Palmer in the killing.
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He had never been in trouble before. But ever since Cecil’s death, he has become embroiled in the storm. Recently, he appeared before a court. There are poaching charges against him. And he has said that what he did was legal.
Theo thinks that what occurred was not against the law. He said that the charges are trumped up and were going a little too far. The judge postponed the verdict until September of this year. More evidence needs to enter the equation. The farmer who owned the farm where Cecil got killed also faces charges.
The two got paid $50,000 to arrange for Cecil’s hunt, according to CNN. The Internet has gone head over heels in synch with PETA after Cecil’s death. There are photos of big game hunters with the animals they killed in cold blood. These pics have been appearing all over cyberspace.
Cecil survived for 40 hours after he was shot. He died a slow and painful death. This sort of thing is outrageous. Palmer meanwhile has gone into hiding. The global reaction over the death of a lion is sensational.
Maybe it shows that mankind values animals more than humans. So many die in wars and they are not given a second thought by our enlightened leaders. But a lion gets shot in Africa and the world stands up and takes notice. This is vanity and paradox at its furthermost limits of absurdity.
But two wrongs do not make a right. Whereas human life is precious, animals too deserve our respect. Many of the stars have come out in support of Cecil the lion. A Disney Lion King Animator has even drawn a picture of Cecil in the form of a leonine image in the sky.
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The cumulus clouds form shapes which mimic the form and physiognomy of Cecil. This is a worthy tribute to Cecil. The lion was the pride of the national park where he was a regular fixture. Many visitors admired his gentle nature and demure demeanor. Today he is not among us. The king of the jungle will be remembered in words filled with gratitude.