30 Jun '16, 10am

Whether it's Cecil the Lion or un-named fox cubs, killing for fun is wrong - The Ecologist

Whether it's Cecil the Lion or un-named fox cubs, killing for fun is wrong - The Ecologist

When we remember Cecil, let's not kid ourselves that cruelty in the name of sport is something that only happens abroad. These fox cubs reveal that our own country has a huge blot on its landscape that we need to eradicate. A year this Friday ago a lion was killed. Actually, in the last year, hundreds if not thousands of lions have been killed. But this one was different. He had a name - Cecil. Cecil isn't the only animal to be killed for the sake of - and I have to spit this word through gritted teeth - 'fun'. Heaven knows, it is an eternal question at the League Against Cruel Sports, an organisation of which I am proud to have become President, but what on earth is the satisfaction of slaughtering beautiful and innocent creatures, wild and otherwise? Did that hunter - is that even hunting? - feel braver or better for what he did? Not, I imagine, after he was derided and ...

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