The sketches are disturbing, but they inspire contemplation on the ethics of trophy hunting.
In July, it will have been one year since Cecil the lion was inhumanely and illegally killed by dentist Walter Palmer.
If you’ll remember, news of the animal’s death circulated for weeks after he was shot, tracked, and then killed. Intriguingly, it wasn’t just animal rights activists that were upset about the injustice, a large percent of the world also became infuriated.
While a number of tributes to the lion surfaced after the tragedy, it was one activist’s imaginings that really caught our attention. The stencil artist, named MONK, created a controversial collection of graphics showing entitled hunters posing with their catches.
Except, the ‘spoils’ of their hunt aren’t ordinary animals, they are iconic Disney characters many feel emotionally connected to.
While the following images are grim, they convey a powerful message:
Does the image of Ariel cause a knot to form in your stomach? Does the sketch of Dumbo underneath a hunter inspire a cloud of sadness?
Perhaps it’s time to consider what makes trophy hunting – or the killing of any animal – acceptable. Don’t forget – an animal holocaust continues to take place behind the walls of factory farms, where an estimated 10 million animals are butchered every year.
Is Cecil’s life worth more than a dairy cow’s? What about Tigger the tiger’s in comparison to that of a dog?
One thing is for sure: this series prompts deep contemplation.
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