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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Whither Cecil the Lion?

When Cecil the lion was shot by Walter Palmer, an American dentist, back in July, there was a huge outcry. It "drew international media attention and sparked outrage among animal conservationists, politicians and celebrities, as well as a strong negative response against Palmer" (Wikipedia). Cecil lived primarily in Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park where he was a major attraction at the park. He was also being studied and tracked by researchers at the University of Oxford.

As reported in the New York Times and the Christian Century, Goodwill Nzou, a doctoral student at Wake Forest who is from Zimbabwe, is somewhat dismayed with the reaction, however. He wonders why people seem to care more for the well-being of African animals (or at least of one African animal) more than they do for the well-being of African people? He may have a point.

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