I don’t know how big the controversy really is but there seems to be quite a bit of noise from big media and pandering corporate types over the recent killing of a lion in Zimbabwe. Was the lion popular with the locals? Did the hunter and his Guide lure the animal off a protected reservation? Was it a legal hunt? Does the hunter have a history of bad acts? I don’t know but the broader argument over hunting is an old one and my experience is that it is damn near impossible to change anyone’s mind on the subject regardless of logic, proof or volume.
I do know that I am not a big fan of these kinds of look at me see what I did “trophy” pictures. Actually, it isn’t the pics I object to as much as it is them being posted and publicized everywhere but we live in a look at me see what I did society and the temptation to share is great. I suppose that by doing what I do here I too am guilty.
I can say with 100% certainty though that if I had just discovered that the lion I shot a reported 40 hours earlier was wearing a GPS tag I wouldn’t memorialize it with the typical congratulatory photograph. I wouldn’t post it in all the usual places as if everything had gone perfectly and I sure as hell would not be smiling.
If you put pictures like this out there for the whole world to see don’t be surprised by the response you get from some people.