Cecil the Lion is dead, and the world mourns. And as if we needed another reason to hate dentists, Dr. Walter Palmer, DDS, is the killer of the aforementioned Cecil.

The result? People have collectively lost their freaking minds. You can do what you want, but don’t touch our freaking lions.

Disclosure – I’m an animal lover, contribute to “Best Friends,” and the ASPCA, have had pets my entire life and the only hunting I do is when I lose my keys. My point is this; a “Trophy Hunter,” I’m not. I don’t like hunting, don’t understand the appeal, and shake my head at every rationalization I hear explaining this “sport.” I’m a big softie, so the thought of something as beautiful and majestic as a lion being hunted for a bucket-list is heartbreaking.

But this reaction to Dr. Palmer is insane.

This man lost his Dental practice, is being put under mandatory police protection, and has Jimmy Kimmel tearfully calling him out on live TV. There are 100,000 people who have signed a petition to have him extradited (you’ll be relieved to know the White House will thoughtfully review said petition; your tax dollars at work!)

My guess is that 99% of the people in the free world had never heard of Cecil prior to this tragedy. But we humans are a funny bunch; did you know, that in the U.S., EVERY DAY:

  • there are 44 people murdered
  • there are 30 people killed by drunk drivers
  • over 6,500 animals are euthanized
  • 5 children die from child abuse
  • 1,800 women are forcibly raped

You see where I’m going with this, right? This is like a Malcolm Gladwell book waiting to be written; “Don’t Kill the Lion.” It’s an amazing phenomenon – why is it that this captures the collective minds & hearts of humans to the point of action? Why would a Bachelorette participant start receiving death threats? Why did Michael Vick stir more fury than Jeffrey Dahmer?

Like a lot of people, my initial reaction was to brand this guy as a selfish turd who lured an animal off a protected refuge in order to add a head to his wall. Actually, I’m not sure my opinion on that has changed a bit. But for the love of Pete, do you think this may have gone a little far? Does PETA really need to call for him to be hanged?

Get a grip on yourself people, this is bandwagon behavior at its worst. God forbid any of us do something that goes viral on Social Media, where everyone from the outhouse to the White House throws a stone at us. Celebrity opinion is obviously appalled at the death of this magnificent beast, mainly because they don’t have anything else to do – but what about the rest of us, what’s our excuse?

R.I.P. Cecil, you will certainly be remembered – even by those who don’t know who the heck you are.