But are any of these more outrageous than what happened to Cecil? One could argue that what is happening to African Americans in our police and courts system is worse because they are human, and humans are more important than animals. Or one could argue that what is happening to farm animals is worse because it involves so many more of them. But I don't think any these outrages can or should be compared.
What happened to Cecil is not just about one lion. It's about trophy hunting, which is done mostly by wealthy white men, purely for sport, and often by luring animals out of protected areas. It's about lions in general, which have lost 95 percent of their population in the last 50 years, yet still are not covered by the Endangered Species Act. It's about all wildlife, populations of which have fallen 50 percent in the last 40 years.
And it's about the human relationship with all of nature. During our short time on earth, humans have come to dominate nature, both animals and the environment, seeing them as purely as resources for our own use. Our impact has become so vast that we are causing the sixth mass extinction in the planet's history, as well as climate change which poses an existential threat to all living things, including our own species, and which will have the greatest impact globally on people of color.