I just got my third email with a request to sign a petition as a result of the killing of Cecil the Lion. Here's how it started out...
"It pains me every time I see Cecil the lion’s face in the news because it reminds me how he was killed – lured out of his protective home in a national park and shot without a fighting chance. Trophy hunting is cruel, and it must end.
I know I am not alone in how I feel because over one million people signed a petition asking for justice for Cecil, and nearly 400,000 signed a petition asking Delta to ban shipments of hunting trophies..."
Okay, so at the risk of getting a few animal rights trolls on my back it's time for a rant!
There's no question that Cecil shouldn't have been killed and it's a tragedy, but how about putting the same outrage into bigger issues like every starving kid in the world, many who won't have as long a life as Cecil? How about outrage for injured returning veterans who are fighting for health coverage and dealing with government delays in benefits? How about fighting for everyone's right to fresh water and a better standard of living? How about doing something for every kid in an orphanage? The list could go on and on.
We're all at fault for becoming so complacent over issues that used to shock us. Every day we read about another tragedy and they're all bigger than fighting to get the various transportation carriers to ban shipments of hunting trophies.
Justice for Cecil? How about justice for every kid and every veteran?
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