It is never okay to kill anyone, so why is it okay to kill animals?
Before I get into it I just want to say my target is to raise awareness and try and contribute to stopping hunters. I know I can't single handedly stop this cruelty but by us coming together hopefully we can contribute.
Big-game hunting is the hunting of large animals , for meat, other animal by-products (such as horn or bone), trophy or sport. The term is historically associated with the hunting of Africa's "Big Five" game (lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros), and with tigers and rhinoceroses.Along with the big five animals, many other species are hunted including , antelope, and hartebeest. Moose, bison, mule deer, and white-tailed deer are the largest game hunted in North America, which is where most big-game hunting is conducted today.
Hunting has contributed to the extinction of animals all over the world, with no justified reason.
Some hunters kill these animals just for fun or to win the 'trophy' but what they are actually hunting are mothers and fathers who also have lives and young to take care of, while at the same time destroying a family. Animals have feelings and emotions to, in some ways the are very similar to humans.
What is even worse is that many animals endure prolonged, painful deaths when they are injured but not killed by hunters. This is all fun and games to a hunter but devastating for the animal and it's family.
Hunters kill any animal whose head they would like to hang over the fireplace, including large, healthy animals who are needed to keep the population strong.
An average of 1,500 lions have been killed each year in the last decade. In the last century, lions have lost 90% of their overall population, and only about 20,000 remain.
On July 1st 2015 , Cecil the Lion, a 13 year-old, black-maned, pride-leader, was killed by trophy hunter Walter Palmer in Zimbabwe. Palmer, a dentist from Minnesota, is said to have paid $54,000 to bow-hunt Cecil, who lived in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park and was well known to visitors. On July 1, he hit Cecil with an arrow on a farm outside the park, a place where the lion usually went to explore. The team tracked the famed cat and shot him again 11 hours later. News of Cecil’s death spread instantly. Palmer became an international target of contempt, and thousands took to social media to protest Cecil’s death and trophy hunting in general.
But sadly it just wasn't enough.
Today I write this partition, on July 21st 2017 because the son of Cecil the Lion has been shot dead by a big game hunter, two years after his father was killed.
Xanda, a six year-old male, was killed just outside Hwange National Park in north west Zimbabwe, near the spot where Cecil died two years ago.
Xanda is still a young father at 6.2 years old and has several young cubs. We can't believe that now, 2 years since Cecil was killed, that his oldest Cub Xanda has met the same fate.
Thousands of animals get hunted every year for the pleasure of hunters.
Trophy hunters will pay thousands for a hunt and a trophy at the end, but you can't pay for anyone's life, animals should be free, it is bad enough that animals are kept locked up in cages but putting a price on their head for entertainment is outrageous and should be stopped!
The purpose of this was to raise awareness, if people all come together we can stop hunters.