Humans, by nature are predators. We consume, we destroy and we feel so good shouting online that we’d never do anything quite so horrible to anyone that will listen.
The loss of Cecil the lion awakened outrage in people on a whole new level of brand spanking new environmental awareness. They want justice, they want Dr. Walter J. Palmer dead. But at the end of the day, most people won’t give even $50 to an organization that is trying to run by it’s mission, to rescue and allow other big animals to live and not just use them as a way to entertain us as humans. Everyone is pissed that this jerk killed the lion, but act as if they didn’t know it was happening all over the world, all the time.
Taking responsibility for all the creatures we use to farm, hunt, eat or for our personal enjoyment is way too much to think about. We rally around the cause of one tragic story, and forget the bigger picture.
Humans are different than any animal on earth. We have the opportunity to share the gift of compassion.
We’ve got to get past the point where we just use words and hate and anger and instead make a difference by the actions we take. Whether it’s to financially support a struggling non-profits that has the guts to do what others won’t, or learning about what makes poaching animals in Zimbabwe so easy, it’s those steps that move us towards being better and more informed. If we can stand up with a cause to advocate for the voiceless in a way that really does something to change the future for them, then our work can be important. Stop the outrage with no action. It’s like yelling into a room full of mirrors. Support the organizations that really do something to help these and other amazing creatures survive in an increasingly cruel world, or be proud of being too lazy to do anything at all.