THE DEATH OF CECIL THE LION
The killing of Cecil the lion upset a lot of people. It upset me. I didn’t call the dentist a murderer though, being a bit of a speciesist myself and reserving that word for the wilful killing of our fellow humans. Other words sprang to my mind- arsehat, creep, psychopath- but not murderer.
Serial exotic animal killer Rebecca Francis leapt to the dentist’s defence by publishing a photo of herself smiling above a giraffe she had killed and saying some words about how wonderful she felt at the moment the gentle giant died. She added that she had honoured the noble beast as she killed it either with a high velocity rifle or that weird bow and arrow thing that looks like it was designed by NASA.