To a Horrible Human Being

Dear Melissa Bachman,

The internet has been ablaze this week with the “disgusted” and “enraged” response to your tweet about killing a male lion while traveling in South Africa. Ordinarily, I’d be wary of joining in an internet-based witch hunt, but not in this case. Having spent the majority of my life with biologists, naturalists and conservationists like the acclaimed Jouberts (whom Buzzfeed’s Matt Stopera quotes as saying that “hunting a lion is the most cowardly thing you can do” (wise words)), I can’t help but point out a few details from your disgusting photo:

1. It’s daylight. Lions sleep during the day. You shot a sleeping lion? Courage, indeed.

2. Again, as Matt points out, and as anyone who has toured in Southern Africa also knows, visitors aren’t allowed on foot. If you were really within “60 yards” of a lion, you were being driven there. In car. By a guide. Who likely found the lions using GPS or radios.

3. This is not “stalking.” It is the height of cowardice. “Stalking” is what a lion does to you, at night, on foot, right before it kills you.

4. When I was a little kid, we lived among Maasai warriors in Kenya. For the Maasai, killing a male lion was the final rite of passage before adulthood. Young warriors trained their entire lives for the hunt, and when they did set out to hunt their lion, they did so alone, on foot, armed only with hand-weapons, and with bells on their feet so the lion would know they were coming. There was no honor in killing a lion without a fair fight. And when the lion population in Kenya began to be threatened by overhunting, the Maasai were some of the first to come to the lions’ protection. There is even less honor in hunting an animal already under siege.

5. One look at your Twitter account tells me all I need to know about you.

You’re a despicable human being. And to you I say the meanest thing I can think to say to anyone: like lions so much?

I hope you meet one.

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6 responses to “To a Horrible Human Being

  1. I HATE her.. my heart was bleeding when I saw her with lion (( I walked with 2 lions in the bush in Zambia and they are more human then that nutcase ever will be.. she and all other creatures like her is a disgrace to our race ( I signed the petition

  2. Bravo! You stated everything so many of us have been feeling with such eloquence. I have been sickened and outraged by this horrendous photo. The only comforting thing about this travesty is that I know that there are like-minded people out there – like you. Thank you.

  3. Here are the actual facts(not opinions on hunting):
    1.Lions can and will KILL YOU!
    2.”stalking” is walking, Melissa wasn’t on a SAFARI, she was on CONSERVATION land, which is intended for people to hunt on
    3. These hunts provide $$$ for conservation and protection, an also stimulate SOUTH AFRICA’S economy.
    4. hunting ANY animal is extremely difficult, ALL animals are always aware of their surroundings or they’ll DIE!
    5. I’ve personally never met a hunter who gets his trophy and leaves the meat, the whole purpose of hunting is for food. THAT LION FED THE LOCAL TRIBES!
    please feel free to debunk anything I’ve said here. This article is completely BIASED!
    I’M ASSUMING NONE OF YOU EAT MEAT!!!!
    YOU NEED TO LEARN TO THINK FOR YOURSELVES

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