But how do we truly make of difference? How can we truly prevent lion population decline from occurring? Common sense tells us that Dr. Palmer's actions were cruel, wrong, inhumane, and immoral. These are the emotions that the general public have chosen to react with, and it is justified. Now let's take the scientific approach. A stimulus occurred (Cecil's story), emotions resulted, and these behavior was the result. Human beings have the gift of higher cognition, meaning we are the most intelligent animals on this planet and therefore are held to utmost responsible for our actions. This being said, let's mask our emotions and take a look at this event in history and I ask you, what are you doing now for the lions of Africa?
As my social media, television, and radio stations blows up with Cecil's story, I become more and more disappointed in mankind. Do not be mistaken, I cannot express my gratitude for the exponentially increasing awareness and publicity of this event. Cecil's death was literally the shot heard around the world in regards to hunting protected wildlife species. This era of social media and technological advances has one extremely large consequence: we have become radical instead of activists. An activist is one who acts. Some of you may be reading this saying "I signed the petition" or "I shared the post." So I ask you, what makes Cecil different from today, or tomorrow? Do we truly think that five, six, seven lions were not killed today? Do you really think that the petitions and rallying on social media is justice when the death count continues? And again, I ask you what are you doing for the lions of Africa?