Thursday, August 6, 2015

Lessons for our culture from Cecil the Lion

While calls for extradition of a dentist from Minnesota for his role in killing a protected lion, Cecil, in Zimbabwe and legal ambiguities mount (Washington Post story)  biologists are teaching us a lot about big cat social values.
Sometimes “weaker lions” leave a pride and start their own, but often they are killed as are their cubs, supposedly so that females will go into estrus and allow strongest lions to propagate their genes (Yahoo) . This is probably not always done, but it isn’t hard to imagine what this would me for human society.  Something like Nazism. But biologists have pointed out that killing the strongest (and protected lions) weakens the gene pool.  We should ponder this a little more deeply.
Wikipedia attribution link for Cecil picture, by Daughter3, under Creative Commons 2.0 Share Alike License. 

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