"As the world mourned Cecil the lion, five of Kenya’s endangered elephants were slain"


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“While the killing of the lion in Zimbabwe has attracted the world’s attention, the death of the five elephants has received almost no coverage, even though elephants are under a far greater threat from poachers than lions.”

When I expressed skepticism about the internet outrage at Walter Palmer, this is why. Not because I condone what the asshole did, but because most of the people who are furious about it don’t actually care about animal welfare or endangered species unless they’ve got a clear victim and villain they can slot into the narrative. These elephants didn’t have human names, their killers were faceless locals, so the internet outrage machine is silent.


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I am not convinced that what gets media coverage and what the public are interested in overlaps very much. Also, FWIW I doubt if generating emotional “outrage” actually does anything to help elephants. Ecology isn’t merely another human story, that’s the whole point.


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