The death of Cecil the lion has turned into the hunt for Walter Palmer as the Minnesota dentist revealed as the beloved lion's killer has gone underground to avoid questions from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the wrath the collective Internet.
As the vitriol directed at Palmer spread this week, so did expressions of the sentiment that if we could spare the outrage for a beheaded lion, we should be able to spare some outrage for a variety of non-lion things:
Other animals that have died recently
There are endangered animals at risk all over the world, not least in Africa. Five elephants were killed for their tusks in Kenya, the Washington Post noted, "as the world mourned Cecil the lion."
The animals in need of attention aren't all rare. They might just be prepared rare.
Cecil's death was, sadly, more humane than the way the majority of animals we consume die. So, like, just consider pausing on meat. 💀— Natasha VC (@natashavc) July 29, 2015
Florida Senator and 2016 presidential hopeful Marco Rubio had something to say about Cecil and some videos he's been watching, and there was no shortage of conservatives chiming in with similar thoughts.
Look at all this outrage over a dead lion, but where is all the outrage over the planned parenthood dead babies.— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) July 29, 2015
Tip for reporters trying to figure out why people are shocked by the PP videos. Just pretend PP staff are talking about baby lions. Get it?— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) July 28, 2015
Nets Spend More Time on Cecil the Lion in 1 Day Than Abortion Vids in 2 Weeks http://t.co/Nm8GYQdGks— MediaResearchCenter (@theMRC) July 29, 2015
Black Lives Matter
Sandra Bland, Sam DuBose, and others who have died in police custody or as a result of police violence were mentioned by activists as deserving some of the attention directed toward the death of Cecil.*
celebrities only showing love to cecil's death and not sam dubose really shows you that no one wants to speak up— BLACKLIVESMATTER (@simonebode) July 30, 2015
I get the anger over the dentist and Cecil the lion. I don't get why there's not more anger over the cop and Sandra Bland the person.— Zack Ford (@ZackFord) July 29, 2015
People in Zimbabwe
As Retuers pointed out Thursday the sentiment stirred by Cecil's death is not shared by many Zimbabweans, and the outpouring of grief is perplexing to people dealing with tough economic and social problems in addition to the occasional threat to life and property by wild animals:
"Why are the Americans more concerned than us?" said Joseph Mabuwa, a 33-year-old father-of-two cleaning his car in the center of the capital. "We never hear them speak out when villagers are killed by lions and elephants in Hwange."
So, people in Zimbabwe are telling the American press, “black lives matter,” referring to their own lives relative to Cecil.— Glenn Fleishman (@GlennF) July 31, 2015
*Correction, July 31, 2015: This post originally misspelled the name of Sam DuBose.