I think people are over dramaticizing this, especially considering the centuries of killing animals humans endured.
- It's a huge deal!31% (9)26% (7)29% (16)Vote
- Overhyped, distracting nonsense.14% (4)48% (13)30% (17)Vote
- I empathize, but I'm not rioting over it.55% (16)26% (7)41% (23)Vote
Most Helpful Girl
I think it's a big deal not just because of this one lion but because of the horrible president that it might be setting. Cecil the lion was a protected lion, which meant he should have never been hunted. But that dentist bribed someone to lure him off the preserve. It sets a terrible ball rolling in the sense that, it doesn't matter if an animal is protected or not, if you pay enough, you can still kill it. Which will endanger already dwindling populations of animals. It's also a good way to look into the psyche of people who hunt for sport and why they aren't considered crazy. The situation itself is bigger than this one lion and I'm glad people are outraged.3
Most Helpful Guy
It's receiving the attention it warrants. I've personally seen nothing excessive either in the media or in personal contacts.
A common criticism is that we should be paying more attention to other tragedies. That criticism is accurate, but raises the question of why we aren't already paying attention to them. The examples are limitless but my go-to is that over 30,000 people per year die of the flu in the United States. Our society has simply and tacitly determined that we will largely disregard most of the violence, horror, grief, suffering and loss that take place in this world--possibly because it is so ubiquitous as to become a kind of societal background noise. Constant mass deaths are not news.
Cecil's killing is not background noise. It's conspicuous and important. At the same time, thoughtful people must work to bring greater awareness and action to bear on the other tragedies in this world, regardless of how commonplace they are.0