Xanda: Another Lion’s Life Lost At the Hands of Trophy Hunting
Written by: Yolanda Kinlock July 21, 2017
A few days ago Xanda the son of the lion Cecil was murdered at the hands of a selfish hunter. He unfortunately, had the same misfortunate as his father, and brother Sinangeni who were also victims of trophy hunting. This vicious practice has taken the lives of thousands and thousands of wild animals over the years. And still not enough has been done to stop it. Researchers have acknowledged that Xanda was a critical part of their research project just like his father Cecil, but yet the Zimbabwe government did not do enough to protect him, his brother, or his father, and many lions that are losing their lives senselessly.
The lions are one of the main attractions for tourist, and they generate a lot of money towards tourism. They are majestic and possess a certain power in their presence that is difficult to find in other wild animals. Lions are one of the few animals that are mentioned throughout biblical times. In addition, it has been a debatable argument among researchers that lions were the first animals to have contact with humans. So if that is true, then that philosophy would make the lions sacred. So it would make sense to protect them instead of allowing hunters to murder them. Live lions would be worth more to the African continent than deceased lions. If the government of certain African countries are not careful; and start making better decisions in regard to protecting the lions they will face the risk of losing the lion species.
Xanda was a beautiful large lion with a black gorgeous mane. He was in good condition, and the father of several cubs. Now the mothers of his cubs will be forced to go into hiding to protect his offspring’s from other adult males who are in their prime to take over a pride. It was just two years ago that the mothers of Cecil (Xanda’s father) the lion’s younger cubs were forced into hiding; it is like history repeating itself in the worse way. We can only imagine the struggles his lionesses and his cubs will face in the near future.
It is ironic that Richard Cooke is the same hunter that led the hunt that resulted in the murder of Xanda’s father Cecil, and his brother Sinangeni two years ago. Mr. Cooke is far from ignorant, he is aware of the magnitude of those lions. But his only concern was to seek monetary compensation, and to basically hand over the lions to their killers. It is even more perplexing to me that it was reported that Dr. Andrew Loveridge of Oxford University’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (Wild CRU) stated that “Richard Cooke is one of the ‘good’ guys. He is ethical and he returned the collar and communicated what had happened”. There is nothing ethical about accepting money to murder wild animals for a profit. Mr. Cooke returned the fitted collar of Xanda because he had no choice. Once he executed his mission the collar is of no use to him or anyone in his hunting group. They claim that once a lion is six years old it is legal to hunt them. So what are they implying; once the lions reach a certain age it is OK to murder them. How could this be ethical? If a person has a conscience he or she will know right from wrong.
After Cecil the lion’s death the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service banned importation of trophies, now it seems like the ban has been lifted in certain African countries which opens the doors for wealthy Americans, wealthy Europeans, and wealthy South Africans to shoot and kill innocent wild animals. When will this vicious act against the lions and other wild animals end?
I give credit to all the many organizations that are researching and observing the wild life and finding ways to save the exotic animals. Please continue to educate us and save the animals.
It is important that we try to make a difference, and try to change the mentality of those who believe it is OK to take the lives of innocent animals around the world. Here is the link that the Humane Society International has made available to sign the pledge to end trophy hunting: https://action.hsi.org/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=104&ea.campaign.id=52989&ea.tracking.id=email-xanda-trophy-hunting-17&utm_medium=email&utm_source=engagingnetworks&utm_campaign=wildlife&utm_content=072017+Action+Xanada+trophy+hunting+mm&ea.url.id=987861&forwarded=true
Every signature is important for the future of the wild life.