A not so defensive defence of Melissa Bachman

2013-11-21 07:03

South African news and social media was recently set alight after a hunter by the name of Melissa Bachman took a picture of one of her latest trophy kills – a lion. A male lion. A symbol of strength, pride and everything in between. She basically killed Mufasa and took a selfie of it. However, this letter is not to condone her even further or to protest her arrival into the country. Rather, it is to defend Bachman. Not for what she is or what she does, but because she is a symptom of  a chronic condition and not the cause.

It is a wonder to me that the same people who would sign a petition to stop Bachman from returning did not sign a petition to stop the company from selling another hunting package. There is always another willing buyer because there will always be a willing and able seller. Therefore, I have to ask: What about the tour company? Who said anything to them? Why do we allow people, regardless of where they are from, to literally kill our natural resources? These tour operates will always argue that such packages of ‘canned hunting’ as it is also known bring much needed foreign currency into the country as well as providing jobs. They are paid large amounts of money for these large animals. The operators say that these fees help grow the country. How so? I have to ask.

This, I believe is the source of the issue. Not Melissa Bachman. Bachman’s actions are the ugly symptoms of a rotting disease that is swiftly infecting the country. We shouldn’t be selling our futures for a few momentary pleasures. We need to collectively say that the kind of people that claim to be protecting the environment and those who rely on it for their livelihoods are actually robbing. Curing the symptoms do not sure the cause. This is what we should be angry about. Not with Melissa Bachman.


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