Dr. Walter Palmer is probably the most hated person in the world, with the possible exception of members of ISIS, the baby organ traffickers at Planned Parenthood and, of course, Lois Lerner and the rest of the IRS. He is on the run now because he flew to Zimbabwe and paid $50,000 to shoot a lion named Cecil for the sheer fun of blowing away a predator cat. However, as Wes Siler, a nature blogger suggested on Wednesday, Dr. Palmer may have contributed more to the conservation of endangered species than all of the animal rights activists combined who now what to kill him.
Siler cites the example of the white rhino in South Africa. Before hunting white rhino were made legal, fewer than 100 individuals existed in South Africa. After trophy hunters had been allowed to pay handsome sums to tromp out into the bush to put down these huge beasts, their population shot up to over 11,000. The reason is that landowners in the region found that they can make a lot of money running hunting preserves and keeping them well stocked with wildlife. Some of the rhinos go down to gunfire from the rich and bored, but the rest thrive. The idea seems counterintuitive to people who do not understand the free market.
Mind, Palmer may have been in violation of local laws for shooting a protected animal, something he claims he was not aware of. But, a system in which people like him are allowed to shoot animals in exchange for lots of money might go a lot further toward preserving their long-term survival than all the protestations from all of animal rights and anti-hunting activists in the world.
That has not stopped the anti-gun British scold Piers Morgan from tweeting how he would like to kill Dr. Palmer or aging actress Mia Farrow from doxing the dentist by giving out his address. There is even a hashtag for Palmer haters: #catlivesmatter, Palmer may have a civil action against both of those people for placing his life in jeopardy. If he chooses to pursue such, then all one can say is, good hunting,