Cecil the lion slaying: Why hunters are defending the African lion hunt

Although Palmer’s actions are under investigation, hunting lions is legal in the area. While two hunters who spoke to CBC News said they didn’t know enough about Palmer’s case to comment, they are defending the hunt as a way to preserve the lion population and as an economic benefit for the local villages.

“There’s a saying in Africa: if it pays, it stays,” said John Martins, owner of the Florida-based Discount African Hunts, a hunting broker company that specializes in African safaris.



This is a pretty balanced piece from the CBC.

  • tom_billesley

    Money going to local villagers? This is Zimbabwe we’re talking about.

    • A valid point.

    • The very same Zimbabwe run by senile lunatic Robert Mugabe.

      I wonder how many of these social justice warriors have pointed that out.

      • Linda1000

        I’m not on the side of the SJWs who want to ban all hunting and guns are evil etc., but I don’t think this “private” dentist hunt was above board or an honest mistake. I think all parties on that dentist hunt knew which target they hoped to lure by dragging bait tied to their vehicle with floodlights along the border of Hwange Nat. Park. If the dentist is such an ethical, purest, crossbow hunter as he claims then he should try to rectify his mistake with a big donation to the Park’s lion research program and return Cecil’s mounted head to the Park also.

        • I don’t care for sport hunting myself and this guy sounds like a rich twit.

          However, it’s just a lion. I’d worry about people being hunted, something the SJWs willfully forget.

          • Alain

            I am with you concerning sport hunting, but as I wrote earlier I won’t join in an attack on them as it simply feeds the radical anti-hunting nuts.

          • They just need to feel self-righteous.

          • Alain

            And they probably all watched Disney’s The Lion King.

          • Lions are actually lazy. They let the lionesses do all the hunting.

            Lazy husband makes his wife do all the work, just like Karl Marx.

            Wolves, on the other hand, tend to mate for life, recognise a merit-based hierarchy (the alphas do the most hunting, ect) and look after the cubs.

          • Linda1000

            If you like wolves, you should watch this documentary. They are really smart animals.
            This one I haven’t watched yet but it looks interesting.
            The Dire Wolf – not sure what happened to the link.

          • Much smarter than we give them credit for.

          • Linda1000

            I do think people have gone overboard in hounding this dentist. That’s the social media trend these days it seems – shaming people. The lefty socialists will use any incident to promote their cause of the day for more control of what they perceive as evil like guns or hunting.

          • As I said, it’s a rather rapid way for them to feel self-righteous.

            Good thing no one is focussed on that dreadful Planned Parenthood scandal. There’s a canned hunt for you.

          • Linda1000

            I bet PP is breathing a huge sigh of relief for their temporary reprieve from being in the spotlight. I don’t think the PP scandal will go away that easily tho. Anyway our genius political, medical, law authorities all insist that abortions and selling baby body parts is all perfectly normal, legal and required for the greater good in society and to further research. /sarc
            The topic is no longer open for debate in Canada at least.

          • That scandal is not going away any time soon. There is yet a fourth video out.

    • Alain

      A properly placed arrow makes a clean kill just as a properly placed bullet. I know being a traditional bow hunter and having also hunted with a gun. Also in all guided hunting that I know the guide is there to put the animal down quickly in such a situation. I admit to not knowing how that works in Africa, but it is the norm elsewhere. No matter how good a shot a person is the reality is that mistakes can happen depending on the experience of the hunter to a degree. I refuse to join in this frenzyof thrashing this guy, because I am too well aware of all the nutters trying to ban all hunting and I refuse to jump on their bandwagon.

      • Linda1000

        Is it true that American hunters in general are not known for their skills or expertise in hunting. Maybe it’s different today but decades ago, Cdn. hunters were always making jokes about Americans who couldn’t recognize their targets, etc.
        Also, I watched a deer hunting program on Animal Planet and thought the whole thing was stupid. It seems they have game farms in the U.S. where Americans outfitted in all their camo gear and umpteen rifles set themselves high up in elaborately constructed blinds in trees looking out on a clearing. It seemed like someone in the woods would then chase out a herd of deer and the hunters would start shooting.ogram

        • Alain

          I honestly cannot say but suspect it is much the same everywhere in that there are skilled hunters and there are those who are not. I don’t know how it works in the US but think each state is probably different. In Canada you have to take a hunting course and pass the exam in order to get a hunting license, but that only applies to Canadians or Canadian residents. In my view prior to any hunt you need to brush up with plenty of target practice, especially bowhunting. Around where I live in BC all the other local hunters I know are very responsible and I have no hesitation allowing them to hunt on my farm. I won’t do that with ones I don’t know unless I can confirm they know what they are doing and won’t be a danger to my livestock or neighbours.

          • Linda1000

            Thanks for the info. About 50+ years ago, there never used to be required hunting courses or exams. I don’t remember my dad and brothers buying hunting licences in the north.

        • Minicapt

          You don’t think that Animal Planet might have tarted up the story just a little bit? In most places in the States, there’s no need for for such since the number of deer is probably suited for double the number of hunters.


          • Linda1000

            Yes, I’m sure Animal Planet did embellish the program as the greatest outdoor hunting experience. Just like that “all fishing” channel on TV where you will catch only the biggest fish. Still the concept seemed really canned or artificial to me. In Canada I don’t think we have any commercial “setup” game farm places to hunt but I could be totally wrong.

        • mauser 98

          disagree … lots of bozos on both sides
          ‘know of some horrid hunting goons in Quebec eastern parts,
          east coast
          never mind our First Nations keepers of the Earth… they hunt anytime anywhere… no white man rules

          • Linda1000

            I will take your word for it. Not sure what I’m looking at there but those cartridges don’t seem to be very intact?

          • mauser 98

            beginner handloader i would guess.. too much powder

      • tom_billesley

        A ban on hunting is just what the anti-gun lobby wants. It’d be seen by them as removing any requirement for gun ownership by individual citizens, as they don’t see personal protection as a valid need.

  • glasnost

    I feel sorry for old Cecil, but I’m sure glad they didn’t hunt down Lambert


  • Alain

    I just read on Truth Revolt that Obama says he will get to the bottom of this, so all those who lost their collective mind over “poor Cecil” can relax.

  • Canadian

    This is taking way too much time and space in the media.
    The lion is dead, and won`t come back.

  • pike bishop

    Was Cecil named after Cecil Rhodes?

  • This:


    “Why are the Americans more concerned than us?” said Joseph Mabuwa, a
    33-year-old father-of-two cleaning his car in the centre of the capital.
    “We never hear them speak out when villagers are killed by lions and
    elephants in Hwange.”

  • Tom Forsythe

    The CBC is also blocking all comments that mention the Planned Parenthood scandal.