The online uproar resulting from the barbaric slaying of Cecil the lion has left many of us wondering, ‘What could possibly drive someone to want to harm—much less murder—such a majestic creature?’ According to researchers at the University of Windsor, it all comes down to the hunter’s animal instincts. After studying almost 800 post-kill photographs in hunting magazines, sociologists determined that the hunters’ poses and expressions had been carefully crafted to demonstrate their dominance, as though they were taming the animals into submission, flouting nature, and proving their own superiority. An anthropologist at UC Santa Barbara explains things a bit differently, asserting that trophy hunting is just another demonstration of conspicuous consumption by those desperate to show their status as a member of the upper classes. In the wake of this tragedy, many have wondered how to broach such a sad and confusing topic of trophy killing with their kids. Experts say the most important thing is to provide little ones with a safe space to share their feelings about the issue, and don’t be afraid to offer your own sadness, too. Do you think the killing of Cecil the lion will change the way we view big-game hunting? Sound off in the comments.
What Drives Trophy Hunters Like Walter Palmer?
April 26, 2017