Saturday, 1 August 2015

One lion, hundreds of foxes, millions of lambs

We've all heard about Cecil the lion, and the Minnesota dentist (why does every story on this repeat the fact that he's a dentist?) who killed him.

But you don't hear so much about the foxes that are hunted (yes, foxes are still hunted, it's only illegal to do so with a pack of dogs). And you hear nothing at all about the millions of lambs that are slaughtered to put lamb chops on our plates.

I'm not saying that the dentist was OK. I'm just wondering why we lavish so much sympathy on the lion, a little on the foxes, almost none the lambs, and none at all on slugs, flies and bacteria.

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