Cecil, Conservation And How You Can Make A Living Fighting Poachers
I think that with all the social media and mainstream media coverage of the death of Cecil the lion who was shot by a dentist from the U.S. illegally while being baited outside of a National Park and Reserve in Zimbabwe, that it has come to light now in mainstream America about the plight of the wild animal population in Africa as well as around the world. Being a conservationist and activist myself, I have watched the decline in numbers of elephants, rhinos and other animals with a great deal of heartbreak. When I heard about Cecil, I became very, very angry and I think that was my breaking point about being a nice person.
In the past, since I get a great deal of information about endangered animals from around the world, including the U.S., I am very aware of the things that are going on around the world. Poaching to make a living is at an all-time high. The Ivory trade is a way for illegal gangs and corruption to make money for other things they are involved in. I don’t honestly know how someone could buy ivory, knowing the history of where it came from or the mentality of someone that would think this is a good thing to have. The rich and the privileged I guess, would think they are elite? I do not in any, way, shape or form, understand the mindset of the trophy hunter of endangered animals. Because you have money, you find that it is exciting and thrilling to kill endangered animals and remove them from the planet? You think that you have the right to do this? To put a dead animal on your all, or have it stuffed? What gives you that right? Why do you enjoy killing when you could just enjoy watching animals, not causing them to die and watching them in pain and suffering, at the hands of YOU. I work in mental health and I find this to be greatly disturbing. Not only is this sociopathic, it is narcissistic and entitled.
Also the fact that there are literally people camped outside the National Parks and Reserves where the animals live baiting them out to kill them, do they even know the social connotations of what scum they are? Parasitic pieces of offal. Here people are, trying to save animals that are endangered with land and here are OTHER people with Neanderthal thinking that sit outside of these protected animals trying to lure the animals to their death on the other side of an imaginary line the animal does not know exists. Why the safari guides and land owners would do this for a living, don’t they realize what kind of human beings they are? The people that pay them, what kind of opportunistic sociopaths? Apparently when they found the collar on Cecil they tried to destroy it, so that would mean to me that they knew they were in the wrong. Everything was clandestine, from hunting him at night with spot light, to shooting him with a cross bow, because no one would hear it, because a gun has a shot that makes a noise. They knew what they were doing was wrong. Mr. Palmer had done with this in a bear in the past and you can’t help but wonder what else he has done that he never got caught for?
I find Walter Palmer repugnant of any positive human qualities, just by this desire to slay endangered animals. When you have people like Ted Nugent on your side that is not a time to be proud of yourself as a human being.
While this was going on with Cecil, rhinos and elephants were being slaughtered and it was business as usual. Today when the rumor was out that Jericho Cecil’s brother may have also been killed in the park, I was just distraught with the sickness of it all. What makes these people think they have the right to do this? As of now, this may not be true, it may have been another lion, but is that really “okay” or any less tragic?
With a country full of jobless veterans that have fought in both Iraq and Afghanistan and with the government’s less than enthusiastic effort to help them when they get back and the fact that most military personnel are living below the poverty level anyway, there is a way to help the world as well as help endangered animals. That is to use your military talents to fight poachers. This is actually for anyone, anywhere in the world with military experience. In the U.S. there are also bounties out there for poachers here in the U.S., where as we have seen individuals like Walter Palmer also do the same thing here at National Parks in the U.S., sit outside of the reserve of the park to kill animals as he did that bear.
There are private companies, looking to give ex-vets and others jobs fighting poachers, to consult and train individuals working in these parks as well as actively work for governments in Africa fighting and shooting poachers. In many African countries, they are allowed to shoot poachers on sight. If you have these skills, then you may want to look into some work with these people, you will be fighting for a good cause and be making a living and go to exotic countries, enjoying the beauty there and enjoy watching the animals. I am sure it is quite an experience.
I keep wishing that I could go and if I was younger I would. I am with these people in spirit that are fighting this fight. In my prime I was a crash and rescue airfield firefighter in the Navy and very physically fit and I was a crack shot with a gun. I used to target practice, but I could never kill and have never killed an animal with a gun. I used to eat meat of people that had, but they were hunting things legally that they had a permit for and they were not endangered. They also ate and used all parts of the animals, in places like Wyoming, many people live on Elk meat every year and a lot of it has to do with being poor.
We need new heroes. I follow the exploits of Kinessa Johnson a great deal and she is a hero in my book, she and VETPAW, the organization she is with. Everything that I have mentioned is what she does for a living. There is also another organization called Protrack that you can work for. The work is dangerous and the training is hard, I have watched the clips. But if I was young and I had the choice, I would donate my life to this and I would do it. I think that veterans and others should think about it.
Also, as I mentioned there is work out there as a bounty hunter for bringing in poachers in the U.S. I do not know as much about that, but I do know that you can make a living at it. So you get the satisfaction of bringing in scumbags, while you make a paycheck. I am sure that works differently in different states.
We need to do something, the world needs to do something about saving what is left of our animals. We cannot allow this to happen anymore.
The Vetpaw Organization. They are hiring veterans.
- Protection Services and Training Programme - Protrack Anti-Poaching Unit - Hoedspruit - Limpopo Prov
Protrack is the largest privately run anti-poaching unit in Africa offering protection services - armed reaction, surveillance, patrols and security as well as a 28 Day Anti-Poaching Training Programme.