If you have read the news, you would have known that a 13 year old male lion named Cecil was brutally hunted and murdered by an American dentist Walter Palmer, who spent 55k for the hunting.
The news sparked global outrage and I was quite affected by it. I saw the picture of the lion’s skinned and beheaded body and wished I didn’t… The image is etched in my head. I felt upset.
Vegans all over the world are criticising other humans for getting angry over the death of one lion and ignoring the slaughtering of other animals such as pigs, cows, chickens, lambs etc. They are probably right. Both issues concern deaths of animals and it is indeed hypocritical to cry over one and consume the other.
But meat eaters who wanted justice for Cecil ain’t exactly wrong/two-faced either.
And here are the reasons why I think so (you may or may not agree):
1. Cecil was lured out of the park, shot with an arrow and then killed with a rifle freaking FORTY hours later. He must have suffered terribly during that period. After that, he was skinned and beheaded – his corpse was left to rot.
2. Cecil was a research animal for University of Oxford. What if the University was about to have some new earth shattering discovery?
3. Cecil had a name. It made him more “personalised”.
4. He was hunted for leisure. To satisfy a man’s need for fun. Couldn’t Walter Palmer watch a movie or go ktv for entertainment? Yet I know other animals are killed to satisfy a human’s palate…
5. He did not provoke Walter Palmer.
6. CULTURE. Culture plays a huuuuuge part. Most humans grew up eating chicken, pork, fish, beef, etc for meals but NOT dogs, cats, monkeys or squirrels. And most of us accept FISHING as a hobby but not mammal hunting.
Digressing. When news of China’s Yulin Dog Meat Festival surfaced, the whole world signed petitions to stop it from happening as it is downright cruel to EVERYONE to eat dog meat. However China (or some parts of it) didn’t think so, because the activity has gone on for years and it is normal to them.
Just like their widely reported rude behaviour in other countries. The one where the mom held her baby over a dustbin so he could pee in it. We were shocked and disgusted but to them it’s perfectly fine and they don’t think they are being rude or weird because they grew up in that kind of environment.
I think eating dog meat is cruel. So is eating pork.
But I don’t think a pork lover is definitely unkind or evil. If you ask any of them to slaughter a pig for its meat, he might not be able to do it. Many a time humans are able to chew and swallow meat because they are already in cooked pieces. We try not to think about the form of the animal.
Of course, one may go the extra mile of eliminating animals from his diet (such as monks), but not everyone cares about it. And just because they don’t doesn’t make them cruel. If someone loves bacon but also wishes to stop eating it due to animal cruelty but eventually fails as he loves to satisfy his appetite more, is that wrong? In my personal opinion no.
BUT if a meat person happens to read news like the grisly murder of Cecil the Lion and get enraged over it, is he being fake? No right or wrong, just how you view it.
I understand why vegans are pissed over the “hypocrisy” though.. I’m not one, and can never be. I do not consume pork beef or lamb but I still eat seafood and chicken. (I tried removing chicken from my diet and it only lasted a month before I felt like I couldn’t continue) Do I get sad over eating prawns and chicken? I feel more neutral towards lobsters/prawns/clams/mussels/fish and I don’t give two hoots about eating them… Although someday, I hope to do away with poultry in my diet but I don’t wanna make myself suffer if I can’t.
After 1 and a half year of abstaining from red meat/pork, I do not crave for them at all. And yea I happen to love pigs/cows/lambs and find them cute. I’m not a kinder person just cos I don’t eat them anymore. I chose to stop eating when I saw a pic of a slaughtered and bloody pig online. It made me tear and rethink my food options. Also, I view some pig instagram accounts and saw how much their owners loved them. They were treated like precious babies and like puppies, the owners took them out for walks and slept with them. I just couldn’t.
If you don’t know, pigs are perfectly capable of loyalty and feel for owners as strongly as dogs. I eventually stopped following the pigs accounts as there were assholes commenting stuff like “bacon” “yummy” and it made me think of them being eaten. Sigh.
Sometimes I wish the whole world will stop killing and eating animals for food but it is IMPOSSIBLE. Restaurants need to survive. Butchers need to make a living. The world will be very different if it happens. I don’t know if I will love that kind of world… yet I kind of hate the current one. Shit am I schizophrenic
My family and boyfriend are carnivores and I never stopped them from ordering meat… It is my personal choice. Same for friends. Once a classmate said “vegetarians are loser” when she found out I don’t eat pork. I was bemused. Firstly I’m not even a vegetarian and secondly I never told others not to eat pork. I know vegetarians can be annoyingly preachy.
WTF I DIGRESSED SO MUCH FROM CECIL
7. Walter Palmer took a photo with Cecil’s decapitated head, smiling from ear to ear with his accomplice. Seriously…fucker.
Yet, I don’t feel agitated when fishermen pose with their prized catches and sell them for a great sum. (I don’t support consumption of shark fins though – because sharks are usually thrown back to the sea and left to struggle/die after their fins are cut off? Unethical, but it sounds crazy to give the shark anaesthesia and then slice off the fin before cremating it though. People are not going to bother. Yes it’s ridiculous)
Because I don’t harbour any feelings towards fishes or prawns or clams. I enjoyed my visit to The Deep exhibition in ArtScience museum where sea creatures that lurk in the darkest parts of the ocean were caught for display. Vegans will think I’m one of those humbugs.. Perhaps I am. D: I applaud their bravery to go vegan and to fight for animal rights, because I’ll never be that selfless and brave.
8. Walter Palmer killed many other animals. A few of them include a moose, elk (Thranduil the Elvenking’s ride!!!!!!!), polar bear and leopard… Animals facing the risk of extinction.
9. As said above. Chicken and pork are readily available compared to lions. The type of meats humans consume are also not as difficult or dangerous to raise as lions – my assumption.
I don’t even know what’s the point of this post. Only if I were a vegan can I proudly holler STOP ANIMAL CRUELTY!!!11
Reading more news of Cecil makes me sad, but hunting will unfortunately go on… Unless Obama stops it? Haha.