Saturday, August 12, 2017

Cecil's son, Xanda, shot by head hunters.

It’s not what you think. The head hunters I refer to are modern day trophy hunters who pay big bucks to Zimbabwe so that they can lure a lion and, from the protection of a hide, shoot it with a high-powered rifle. The head ends up on their living room wall. More than likely, UPS ships the head back to the US. It’s all legal. has a petition you might want to sign. Here’s their story.

When Cecil the lion was killed by a trophy hunter, it made worldwide headlines. Now, Cecil’s son has suffered the same fate. Xanda the lion was recently shot and killed by a trophy hunter, leaving behind a family of eight young cubs.

Shipping company DHL has banned the shipment of hunting trophies, helping cut off an avenue for trophy hunters to bring their “prizes” back home.

UPS, one of the largest shipping companies in the world, has refused to take the same step. They have double downed and refused to enact a policy to stop shipping hunting trophies. Advocates say the simple policy change by UPS could help save the lives of thousands of animals.

Here is a more complete account of what happened from the UK Telegraph, What really happened to Xanda, the son of Cecil the lion? In part, it reads:

The exact circumstances of Xanda’s death remain unknown, although the WildCru team has seen enough over the years to have a good idea of what may have transpired. First, the lion is tracked and an animal such as a zebra is shot, butchered and strung up in the forest for bait. The shooters then lie in wait behind a hunting screen before a lion arrives and the trigger is pulled.

That strikes me as a supreme act of cowardice. But, read the Telegraph’s story for the entangled legal and conservationist concerns. Then decide if you want to sign the petition. I hope you do.

P. S.: I am not neutral in this one. The Scribers were on safari in Zimbabwe’s Hwange park in 2016 and had the good fortune to observe Xanda mating. We’ve lost a truly magnificent animal so that a head hunter has bragging rights.

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