Americans think they have the answers to everything, especially those environmental types who think they know how to save the planet while living in the big cities. A Wake Forest University doctoral student from Zimbabwe has other thoughts and suggests the Americans crying over Cecil the Lion’s untimely demised should shut up and walk a mile in his Zimbabwe villager shoes.
Cecil who? I wondered. When I turned on the news and discovered that the messages were about a lion killed by an American dentist, the village boy inside me instinctively cheered: One lion fewer to menace families like mine.
Did all those Americans signing petitions understand that lions actually kill people?
In my village in Zimbabwe, surrounded by wildlife conservation areas, no lion has ever been beloved, or granted an affectionate nickname. They are objects of terror.
Photo credit Jelle