The orchestrated killing of Cecil the lion has incited outrage and taken the media by storm after it was revealed that Cecil’s killer was Walter Palmer, a dentist from Minnesota. Walter Palmer reportedly paid $55,000 to have the ‘pleasure’ of killingCecil off.
Cecil was a popular lion at Hwange National Park in Zimbabweprior to being killed by Palmer. However, although Palmer may have enjoyed the thrill of his hunt, thedeath of the beautiful lion has outraged animal lovers and activists across theglobe with such intensity that Palmer has been forced to close down his websiteand shut down his dental office.
Palmer is a frequent hunter of big game kills and with archeryhas killed and acquired many trophy animals. In his statements Palmer denies any wrongdoingsaying, “To my knowledge, everything about this trip was legal and properlyhandled and conducted. I had no idea that the lion I took was a known, localfavorite, was collared and part of a study until the end of the hunt.”
The story of Cecil the Lion’s death is fitting into the greaternarrative of the transformation of consciousness happening on our planet withlots of scrutiny, attention, and re-attunement being given to the relationshipwe have as humans to other animal species on our planet; Everything fromstricter animal welfare laws, various species such as dolphins and certainprimates being given legal personhood in several countries, to even statelegislature offering extended protection to animals in the US is revealing thedeep re-arrangement happening in this area of the collective consciousness.
Perhaps what makes this story so troubling or angering to hearis that Palmer paid a guide to lure Cecil out of the part at night so that hecould be hunted. Cecil was shot andwounded with a bow but did not finally completely pass over for another 40hours. Cecil was beheaded and skinned and his tracking collar was removed whichis reportedly a violation of park rules.
Many in the conscious community are ethical vegans orvegetarians and feel a deep compassion to animals and to the ecosystem as awhole which they express through avoidance of meat and even animalproducts. Other sides of the tracks onthis issue maintain that there are respectful and honorable ways to kill andeat other animals and that it is a natural form of energy transfer on our planet,as it relates to biology and more ancient understandings of our primal nature.As an example, you will find that some of the most highly regarded spiritualcivilizations on the planet are indigenous people groups who eat animals andwhose relationships to the animal spirits that feed them are highly sacred.
This type of paradigm, however, is in stark contrast to a personwho is called a hunter yet whose prey is lured by someone else into a positionof easy kill and where the pleasure of killing something beautiful and owning apart of its body is the main goal. Inthis way, the story of Cecil the lion has provided an excellent mirror in whichhumanity can reflect upon such feelings and beliefs.
Earthporm.com shares the following perspective:
“The Zimbabwean Tourism Authority says the hunt was illegal, anda criminal investigation is currently under way.Unfortunately,the lion’s death doesn’t just affect him, and those who loved him. Not thathe’s gone, the ZTA says that the other male lions will probably kill off the 24cubs that he had left with his pride to ensure that their own bloodlines liveon instead.
Meanwhile,as Palmer’s dental office sits with the shutters drawn, locals have covered thefront door with flowers, signs and stuffed animals as a memorial for Cecil.”
May you fly in peace Cecil. <3