A Particularly Special Kind of Asshole

mounted taxidermy lion
Dead thing.

In this modern world you have to be a special kind of asshole to lobby for the right to participate in something like this. This isn’t about culling, or conservation management or any of the other bullshit reasons rich jerks travel to another country for the pleasure of shooting things.

Lions (Panthera leo leo) have experienced massive population drops over the past two decades. The big cats gained some protection under the Endangered Species Act in 2016, but the Obama-era regulations still allowed some hunting and trophy imports as long as the host countries could prove that their hunts were sustainable. The Trump administration did away with that requirement last year and instead decreed that it would allow imports on a “case-by-case basis.”

Those 38 dead lions represent the Trump administration’s shift on hunting of endangered species.

You are one of two types in this scenario. You are a shithead who wakes up in the morning thinking “Gosh, how can I do something pointless and destructive with my money today?” or you are a moron who thinks there is some medicinal value in ingesting lion and tiger bones.

Is it challenging to hunt lions? Well, apparently a 7 year old can do it.

Don’t like my snowflake tears over this? Here’s a link to help you cope.