The dentist responsible for killing Cecil the Lion remains in hiding as the controversy surrounding his hunt continues to swirl. However, there’s at least one place in the world where people are not upset with him: Zimbabwe.
The country where the alleged poaching took place has expressed little interest in the story, according to Reuters, probably because the people of Zimbabwe are more interested in overcoming crippling poverty and avoiding the wild animals (like lions) that sometimes eat them.
“Why are the Americans more concerned than us?” Joseph Mabuwa, a 33-year-old father-of-two, told Reuters. “We never hear them speak out when villagers are killed by lions and elephants.”
For most people in the southern African nation, where unemployment tops 80 percent and the economy continues to feel the after-effects of billion percent hyperinflation a decade ago, the uproar had all the hallmarks of a ‘First World Problem’.
As with many countries in Africa, in Zimbabwe big wild animals such as lions, elephants or hippos are seen either as a potential meal, or a threat to people and property that needs to be controlled or killed.
In Zimbabwe, the killing was such a non-event that the government has not even bothered to make a formal comment on the matter.
When asked about the incident, acting information minister Prisca Mupfumira responded, “What lion?”
I wonder how he feels about the death of hitchBOT.