Why Do Trophy Hunters Resent Cecil the Lion’s Name?

Because, as with other serial killers, Trophy Hunters want their victims to remain anonymous. They make every effort to depersonalize their living targets, so the last thing they want is someone giving them a human name and an identity.

To prove the point, consider the following excerpt from an unapproved comment by a hunter received today and printed here in full (grammatical errors intact):

Look rule of thumb.If your a hunter you don’t harvest an animal your kids have tagged with a silly human name with human attributes attached.So silly tourists who drive around in raised vehicle leaving them safe from good old Cecils claws and teeth got undercut by another silly American paying a huge fee to use his permit on a lion .


13 thoughts on “Why Do Trophy Hunters Resent Cecil the Lion’s Name?

  1. Perhaps Cecil (note that in Africa they do not pronounce it as See-sole) will be a turning point in the public view for what is happening to animals everywhere who are killed for “trophies”.


  2. It sounds like the way some men treat women too. Substitute ‘mother of my children’ in that lovely little blurb. Palmer sounds like he was trying to procure a prostitute when he asked about getting the elephant with specific attributes. Yuck!

  3. It’s easier to deal with killing the anonymous. Not having a name means not having an identity or worth. When wolves were introduced into Yellowstone, a lot of people were fascinated with them, coming into the park with binoculars and telephonic lenses to see them. Officials were careful to give the wolves only numbers. That way, when they were killed (yes, the park service obviously realized that would be happening), people wouldn’t remember if animals who were killed were the same ones they had seen or were looking for. Didn’t always work. Wolf #253, a black wolf, was noticed by the public and named Limpy, referring to his gait after an apparent injury. He was shot and killed and is still being remembered, probably to the consternation of the officials who didn’t want such things noticed. Killing the ones without a name is like eating the ones without a face.

  4. Based on media reports, even Safari Club International has now decided to throw Palmer under the bus by suspending him from its membership. Funny since SCI is to big game trophy hunting what NAMBLA (the North American Man-Boy Love Association) is to pederasty. The former claims that by killing wild animals it contributes to conservation, the latter that sodomizing young boys is actually a mentoring and charactering-building exercise. While there are strong legal proscriptions against pedophilia in our society, serial trophy killers like Palmer, Corey Knowlton, Kendall Jones, Ted Nugent, the Trump brothers, etc. are freely allowed to indulge their personal perversions. Far from being publicly shamed and shunned their money and political connections makes them “untouchables.” The monsters walk among us, free and unshackled to pursue their lethal obsessions.

    What would it be like if pedophilia were not illegal, a protected “tradition” (where have we heard that before?) like in ancient Greece? What would ordinary citizens do to protect children from sexual predators? They’d band together and do whatever was necessary to keep the “predators” off the kids. Where no laws exist against great injustice, vigilante justice becomes not just a practical necessity but a moral imperative. The offices and heads of local chapters of SCI are freely available on-line. I know exactly where the two chapters closest to me are located. Just like Simon Weisenthal’s Jewish Documentation Center in Vienna identified, tracked and exposed Nazi war criminals after WWII, this information needs to be collected, archived and disseminated for future use. The public, with its usual three-second attention span, will soon tire of this story and I predict that Walter Palmer will suffer at most a monetary setback. In a week or two he’ll emerge from hiding to grant TV interviews about how he was conned into an illegal hunt by wily natives. How he, too, is a “victim.” In a year or two he’ll probably be hosting a show of his own on the “Sportsman’s” Channel. But if there is a scintilla of true justice in the universe, someday a terrible reckoning must surely occur. I only hope that I’m around to see it.

    • Really great points! Cecil’s terrible end and all the attention it deservedly got could be a turning point in our acceptance of trophy hunting and maybe other hunting and trapping if, as you note, that attention span can continue long enough to keep up the pressure.

  5. That whole issue of “tradition” and “culture” needs to be rethought. When in Kenya, President Obama noted that just become something is a tradition does not mean it is right. However, a lot of really ugly behaviors are justified by saying that they are a part of a specific culture or group or religion or identity. If the tradition is harmful to animals or people, it should not be justified.

    • Here’s the acid-test for whether our environmentally-challenged president really gets it: whether his Justice Department grants Zimbabwe’s extradition request for Walter Palmer.

  6. We’ve all heard of those gross sex holidays too where the age laws aren’t as stringent as they are in their home countries. Blech!!!!!

    I don’t understand what the problem is for Palmer – all he has to do is hire a high-priced attorney and face up. Why won’t he? I can’t wait to find out why.

  7. From the NYT:

    “According to the Wildlife Conservation Society, the global ivory trade drives the killing of as many as 35,000 elephants a year across the continent. In 2012, The New York Times reported on rhinoceros poaching, finding that horns were traded at $30,000 per pound, making them more valuable than gold. Illegal trafficking is estimated to bring in at least $10 billion worth of stolen animal and plant products a year, with most customers in Asia and North America, United Nations officials said in a statement Thursday.”


    I just find it so embarrassingly awful that North America is one of the top two countries for trafficking in illegal wildlife!

    Sadly, I doubt this man will spend one hour in prison. I predict a hefty fine; and I wish, instead of killing wildlife to help local people with his $50K, he could provide free medical and dental care at a clinic he opens up!

    • According to a news report, Palmer’s guide said that the good doctor asked if they could go get an elephant the next the day after he killed the lion.
      Instead of a sentence of providing free dental care to the needy, his head on a pike would be a more appropriate outcome.

      • I can’t believe he said that – no sooner than they supposedly realized they’d just killed an animal with a tracking collar that they ‘deeply regretted’, he then asks about going for an elephant as well? And of course, rather than contact the authorities about their ‘mistake’ – they behead, skin and pose for the obligatory morbid photo as well. Luring a protected animal out of a state park is despicable, and his ‘apology’ means 0.00. Where is the coward anyway?

      • Oh and how could I forget, and try to destroy the collar too. He obviously is a rank amateur because in the US they have the McKittrick law and which allows wolf killers to just walk right up to the F&W offices and drop off the collar, saying they thought it was a coyote. There’s no animal that resembles a male lion closely enough I guess.

        The guide has said Palmer posed for a photo with poor Cecil after. They sound really broken up about it!

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