Unless you’ve been living in a hole the past week or two, odds are you have heard about the Minnesota dentist that killed Cecil the Lion, a popular favorite who was being tracked and studied in a nature preserve in Zimbabwe. The media, as it occasionally does, has strongly latched onto this story and the reactions have been passionate and far reaching. The story has been picked up by perhaps every major news outlet in the US (for example, on CNN , the New York Times , and Fox News. Jimmy Kimmel made a passionate speech about it on his late night show that has currently received over seven million views on YouTube. What is it that has incited such rage, and is that rage justified?
One of the most misunderstood animal rights organizations is the Humane Society of the United States. The HSUS is also an organization that is very difficult to get a fair and objective assessment of. It is incredibly easy to find a number of websites that oppose the HSUS and attack it vehemently. It is also easy to find a number of websites defending the HSUS and attacking its detractors. Unfortunately, with as unapologetically biased as both sides of the argument are, you have to realize and accept that you won’t get a complete picture of the organization from either side, and there are few who try to examine it without getting swept into one extreme or the other