By Brian Ives
Ted Nugent is at it again.
The “Motor City Madman” and scourge to animal rights activists everywhere just posted a photo to his Facebook page showing him over a lion who he had, apparently, just killed in a hunt. He refers to it as “Fernando the lion” and says it is “Cecil’s great great grandpa.”
In the photo, he is sitting on the carcass, saying “this pure natural legal proper scientificaly [sic] sound necessary hunt like all hunts was pure SPORT TROPHY MEAT FUN.”
As he noted to Radio.com in a recent interview, it his his stance that animals must be hunted in order to keep the population under control.
He also says, “Every sacred precious [sic] part of this animal was utilized. We hired 40 people on the safari, shared the meat, claws, skull, sinew, body fluids, teeth, blood, organs, skin, hair, tongue, eyeballs & each & every hard earned resource this magnificent RENEWABLE resource provided while bringing in critical massive revenues to the local economy while making room for new lions to be born & bringing value to valuable creatures.” However, he doesn’t address that Cecil was killed and his head taken as a trophy, but none of the rest of the carcass was used at all. According to CBS News, Cecil was found beheaded and skinned. Additionally, Animal Planet’s predator expert David Salmoni explained to CBS News that Cecil had six cubs who will now probably be killed by a male lion from another group of lions.
And the hunt that resulted in Cecil’s death was, in fact, not legal, at least according to the Zimbabwean government who arrested the hunting guide and land owner who were allegedly involved in the incident.
And now, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is looking for the American who paid north of $50,000 for he privilege of killing the lion. “The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is investigating the circumstances surrounding the killing of ‘Cecil the lion.’ That investigation will take us wherever the facts lead,” said Edward Grace, the agency’s deputy chief of law enforcement, in the statement (via Huffington Post).