Lamentation of laurels

Three months ago, Dr. Walter Palmer was a successful dentist in Bloomington, Minnesota.
As proprietor of River Bluff Dental, he was considered a fantastic dentist. His patients characterized him as supportive, personal and professional.
Just one month later, he was one of the most hated people in the country. Overnight, he became an Internet star “famed” for being the murderer of Cecil the Lion in Africa.
We all know the story. Palmer is a “trophy hunter,” a member of Safari Club International (SCI), a “nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of wildlife, education of the people and the protection of hunters’ rights.” That’s a direct quote from their corporate webpage.
Let’s talk about trophy hunters first. There are many strange species of animals on this planet, but none so vile and dangerous as trophy hunters.
Trophy hunters do not kill for food. They don’t kill to protect herds of cattle or sheep. They don’t kill in self-defense.
They kill solely for fun. And they love to brag about it.
Don’t get me wrong. I understand the human drive to kill. All you have to do is look at the history of warfare and you’ll understand that killing is one thing humans do best.
Of course, everything has its bright side.