Why The Uproar Over a Single Lion But Not For Shelter Pets?
Everyday social media is full of people who are outraged over an African lion named #Cecil the lion being lured out of his home and killed. I can't scroll down my Twitter or Facebook feed without seeing someone talking about it. Seems everyone is outraged over the fact this lion was killed.
Honestly, I didn't know this lion Cecil even existed and I imagine many people are like me and never heard of him either. Why is everyone upset about a lion being killed when other lions have been hunted for years? Trophy hunting has been happening for years and years. Some of the sites I have found in internet searches have been in business since the 70's.
What is the difference in a lion being killed vs a dog or cat in a shelter being killed for space? Yes, I said for space. Everyday across america, shelter pets are being euthanized due to bad temperament, their required time is up or the shelter ran out of room. Shelters kill healthy pets to make room for the incoming.
A couple of years ago ma went to a county kill shelter and rescued 12 pets. She was taking those 12 pets to a no kill shelter. The shelter was so happy that 12 pets would get a new lease on life and they would not have to euthanize due to no space available. The problem was , while the paperwork was being done for those 12 pets an additional 14 pets were being surrendered to the shelter.
The 14 pets were either "we are moving", "last of the litter I can't find homes for", "these babies are weaned now and I can't keep them" , "I'm allergic" and so on and so on....
This goes on everyday in shelters all over the world. The shelters do what they can but when there is no more room for anymore pets, they are forced to euthanize. There are so many posts of pleads from shelter begging people to adopt so they don't have to euthanize. Many pets are rescued but many pets are being surrendered at the same time.
Why such a uproar over a single lion who was killed for his head but not a uproar over pets who are killed and just thrown away in the garbage. When are we going to stand up and demand stricter laws on puppy mills, backyard breeders and pet abuse? There have been some recent changes but not nearly enough to make a difference.
What is worse? A person who pays to shoot a wild animal or a person who is paid to kill a shelter pet? Neither one of those animals chose to die.
Carma Poodale (Pood-ALE) is a Lifestyle Blogger who talks about pets, wildlife, products we love and life in general. Service dog advocate. Brand Ambassador, Influencer, Local #GoogleGuide and contributor to TripAdvisor