Cecil the lion – has the reaction tipped dangerously into overreaction?
The Telegraph, Thursday 30th July 2015
Hunting Cecil’s killer by mob makes us no better than those who went after him with bow and arrow. The hunter has become the hunted. The predator is now the quarry. Cecil the lion, a once-mighty symbol of the natural world, has been slain, and now it is his killer, Walter Palmer, who is on the run. The Minnesotan dentist used a professional bow to shoot the 13-year-old lion, as it apparently offers a greater challenge for the trophy connoisseur. The weapon of choice for his critics worldwide is the blunt instrument of social media, through which he has been bombarded not just with opprobrium but extravagant expressions of revulsion and death threats.