This man who grew up in a village in Zimbabwe isn't shedding tears over Cecil the Lion.


Because lions are scary, you dopes. (via Wild CRU)

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In an op-ed in the New York Times today titled "In Zimbabwe, We Don't Cry For Lions," Zimbabwean Goodwell Nzou—a doctoral candidate in molecular and cellular biosciences at Wake Forest University—confessed that he thinks killing lions ain't such a bad thing.

Nzou, who grew up in a village in Zimbabwe, says that with the outrage surrounding the killing of Cecil the Lion by a Minnesota dentist, he has "faced the starkest cultural contradiction I'd experienced during my five years studying in the United States."

Here's the money quote:

In my village in Zimbabwe, surrounded by wildlife conservation areas, no lion has ever been beloved, or granted an affectionate nickname. They are objects of terror.

Wait, what? Lions are...bad? Okay, sure, sometimes lions kill people, but that's only because they're misunderstood, right? According to Nzou, lions can terrorize villagers. When a lion that had been living near his village was finally killed:

No one cared whether its murderer was a local person or a white trophy hunter, whether it was poached or killed legally. We danced and sang about the vanquishing of the fearsome beast and our escape from serious harm.

More recently, a lion killed a 14-year-old boy in a village near Nzou's hometown. Okay, but Cecil was a special, protected lion. Are we really wrong to be outraged? Or are things, as Nzou suggests, just getting a little out of hand?

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Sources: New York Times