When the life of a lion is more valued than a child’s… (a rant)

If you haven’t heard of Melissa Buchman, then you must either not have internet access or you’re living under a rock somewhere, or perhaps both! But for those of you with internetlessness, trapped under a rock, here is a quick recap:

Who is Melissa Bachman?

Melissa is one of the most intense and hardcore hunters you will ever meet. Her passion for the outdoors kicked in at an early age while hunting with her family in central Minnesota. Throughout high school she could be found in a tree stand before class and dreamed of a way to hunt for a living.

A week or so ago, my Twitter & Face Book timelines were filled with this image and hateful, sexist comments & threats directed at Melissa, who came to South Africa to LEGALLY hunt a lion. There were blog posts and tweets and status updates and hate and vengeance and threats against this woman, people were outraged, baying for her blood, the outcry made international headlines around the world.

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Do I like what she did? No! Could I hunt an animal? Absolutely not! But she didn’t break the law, she was here legally and hunted with a permit.

Yesterday the news broke of a 6 week (6 WEEKS???!!!!) old baby that was raped! The irony…. the rape occurred during the 16 Days Of Activism for no violence against women & children but it has barely been a blimp on the South African radar. No outrage. No blog posts. Almost zero tweets or Face Book status updates. Its as if we as a nation just did a collective shrug and carried on with daily life.

WTF is wrong with our society???? How can a lions life be more valued that a child? I am in tears! I do not understand! WHERE IS THE OUTRAGE????? Why are we NOT demanding an explanation? Why are we NOT demanding that our government, police forces, child protection services, universities or department of social services research this epidemic in our country? What happened to moral regeneration?

What is happening to us as a society? The excuse that the child rapist isn’t on Twitter so why bother IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH! Why did we feel it necessary to attack and cyber bully a woman who hunted a lion legally and yet we barely shrug our shoulders and demand nothing of the powers that be when it comes to a baby rapist!

We NEED to be this baby’s voice! We NEED to be the voice of our children, our future? What if God forbid, that was your child or mine? Are we so numb, so disillusioned, so powerless that we no longer care? That we no longer have any compassion or sense of outrage of WHAT’S REALLY IMPORTANT???

I can’t… I just can’t… I can’t believe what is happening to us as a society, how complacent we’ve become. How misguided.

Is it too much effort to fight for our children????

This is just a rant, I don’t have the answers, I am just deeply saddened by the state of affairs. I feel hopeless and powerless and wonder what future my children (Girls) have in a country with the highest rape statistics, with baby rape, with femicide.

My heart breaks.

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45 Comments

  • jenny

    November 29, 2013 at 11:37 am

    I am in total agreement. All anybody seems to give a crap about is Nkandla – but tell me this: how many places of safety could have been built for vulnerable women and children with the Nkandla money? It is not often I resort to Twactivism because I find it so annoying (as you know) but the vast difference between these two incidents and the reactions on Social Media is actually outrageous and points to exactly why our children are still getting raped.

  • Pandora

    November 29, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    It is sad that people feel that shooting a lion is something to brag about, however, I did not take part in the collective outrage over the lion hunt.

    I was hugely shocked though at the number of people that protested and signed petitions etc. In the same week there was the adoption story on Carte Blanche, and while it trended on Twitter that day, a petition to investigate the social worker in Hermanus barely got an acknowledgement. Why? Why did that not deserve the same outrage? And again, the baby murders, baby rapes etc. Daily stories. Barely a ripple.

    Targeting Melissa Bachman and the other hunters was easy. Attack them on social media where they have a presence, get them to close their accounts. Mission accomplished. Lions saved. Really? What about the other hunters shooting other lions? We don’t know who they are, so they can just carry on until someone is stupid enough to post a picture on their social media page again.

    My point is, it is so easy to target a person without even leaving your home, or getting off your couch. But a baby is raped, and we don’t know who to target! No presence on social media, no protesting that can be done from the comfort of our armchairs.

    Yes, these are daily stories, I can’t even bear to read them, just the headlines are enough to break my heart, I don’t want to know the details.
    Who is there to listen to our outrage? Police? Politicians? Seriously, have they not noticed that this is happening on a daily basis? What are they doing about it? They express shock and horror; exclaim it must be stopped, but no-one has figured out quite how to go about it. So it carries on.

    I don’t have the answers either, which is sad, because even if we want to do something, even if we express outrage, protest, sign petitions; even if we march in our thousands and hand over a petition demanding something be done, no one is listening. That is what is so horrific.

    So we stop bothering, pick on the easy targets. Truly a sad, sad state of affairs.

  • Ailsa Jean Loudon

    November 29, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    I think you forget that lions are becoming endangered and children are not. We all condemn what happened and happens to babies and children – even to women – old and young alike, but I think you will find that people fight harder for people than they do for animals. If you signed petitions you would see that any to do with people garner many more signatures at a faster rate than ANY animal petition! We are fighting for the rights of animals – there are many more fighting for the rights of children. And by the way, I sign all petitions that I come across unless it is to give freedom to murderers, rapists and abusers! I also share and comment on the horrific abuse of our babies, children, and the crime in our country! And if I was you, I would move to another country – I would, but I don’t have the means! My passion is animals and this is what I do to get through my days of desperation!
    By the way, my first sentence in no way accepts that it is right, rather that our animals are in danger and we are vociferous in our battle for animals. If you watch our news bulletins, you would see that many more people of all colours turn up for cases where children are concerned than turn up for animal cases. And I find it unacceptable that so many people in this country DO NOT give a damn about our animals!

    • Sharon

      November 29, 2013 at 1:03 pm

      Alisa, you’re missing my point re. the lion hunting. Targeting Melissa as an individual will not change a damn thing with regards to stopping of hunting. So why was she victimized? Why was there so much outrage over that and yet a 6 week old baby gets raped and there is almost no comment on it.
      I would also like to add that I support animals rights, I only use cruelty free products, petition and protest against circuses etc… but I can fight for more than one cause.
      I must be honest and say that I am somewhat shocked by your comment that lions are becoming endangered and children are not, as if that is an acceptable comment to do nothing about baby rapes in our country. If we don’t preserve our future, which is our children, then our animals will have no future either. Who will fight for them if not our children?

  • Julie

    November 29, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Truly shocked beyond belief at fellow human beings (really??) in this day and age. So much opportunity and life to be had, but such evil and such ignorance and ugh, there are no words. Scary, awful and revolting. I wish someone had the answer to end the sick craziness.

  • Jeannine

    November 29, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    I have to agree with Ailsa on this one – I don’t for one moment believe that people do not care what happened to that 6 week old baby. I was horrified beyond words and felt sick to my stomach. I have also signed many petitions for protection of children etc. The reason why I believe that lion petition was so big is that lions are on the vulnerable list of animals, heading towards becoming endangered. The Black Western Rhino is officially extinct, due to COMPLACENCY of people – NEVER EVER to roam this earth again. I agree that in many instances human rights takes precedence over animal rights, and this one time when animals rights took precedence over human rights, you feel that we don’t care about vulnerable children – NOT SO AT ALL. You also stated that it was a legal hunt – that’s all very well, but what about morals and ethics. Legally according to who – our government. I am sorry, but I cannot take that seriously. What happens when your girls grow up and they will never ever have the opportunity of showing a lion to their children EVER. All of us are horrified about the rape of our children – its beyond comprehension for many of us. What about the baby rape question in the exam – there was a MASSIVE outcry about that. Many many people are very outraged about what happened to that poor angel of 6 weeks. It’s a very very very sensitive topic, one that has imo been covered by social media a million times before. Anene Booysen is a name that I would imagine most South Africans know immediately – why? Because of the moral outrage that occurred on social media etc. Yes, to a degree, I believe that we have become immune to these horrific cases, perhaps the pain is too difficult to bear, so people shut off. We are not all programmed the same way, and when something is SO HORRENDOUS, our minds block off to protect ourselves – perhaps look at it from that point of view. Don’t believe for one moment that people are not fighting for our children – that takes away everything from all those people that do fight for children every single day of their lives. Having said that, we also need people to fight for the rights of our animals – at the end of the day, we are all mammals, we all deserve the right for people to fight for us. How many rhinos dead this year in South Africa? Just think about it.

    • Sharon

      November 29, 2013 at 1:07 pm

      Jeannine – my point over the lion hunt was that attacking one hunter will not change the situation. I agree with you, policies and ethics need to be relooked in this regard. But calling bullying one woman over the internet because she shot a lion does not change our countries policies on hunting.
      My question is why are not more people expressing outrage over baby rapes in general? Why are our SM feeds not being flooded with outrage over that? I’ve only seen a handful of tweets etc in that regard. What are we doing as a collective to stop it?
      As I said, I don’t have the answers, but I am deeply saddened in our misguided way in going about resolving real issues – the lion hunt or the baby rape issue.

      • Jessica

        November 29, 2013 at 2:10 pm

        I am quite shocked actually. Children are not endangered. Really?! I get your points about hunting and animal rights etc but you cannot tell me that the lack of outrage isn’t just well, outrageous. I don’t care how tired we are, or how tirelessly people are working for children’s rights or how endangered the lions actually are: raping a baby of six weeks old should be the most abominable thing known to our human psyches – it is to mine. I am often asked as a mom what would make me not accept my children and it’s that. That very thing. They can shoot a lion and I will not like it and I will fight them on it and I will try to educate them on it but I will love them regardless. They rape a six week old baby and they are dead to me. Don’t you all get how fucking outrageous this is. And we had hate pages on FB for some stupid woman who was stupid enough to pose over a dead lion. Good god, maybe we should tweet a pic of some baby rapist hanging over the bleeding body of a raped six week old and then maybe you will see the outrage just cannot compare. You know what – we can have a million fucking lions roaming our continent and who cares when the very essence of all things humanity is just dead. I am so so so lost for words.

        • Sharon

          November 29, 2013 at 2:26 pm

          Jessica, I think you hit the nail on the head with this very statement: You know what – we can have a million fucking lions roaming our continent and who cares when the very essence of all things humanity is just dead.

  • Jeannine

    November 29, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    @ Sharon – thanks for your reply. But why do you believe that targeting this woman won’t change our policies on hunting? Should we all have just kept quiet then? National Geographic took notice – she was axed from their programme from what I understand. She has made people more aware about hunting in South Africa. I think the big deal is that it was a lion – a buck, she would have been ignored as most of us do understand the importance of hunting to a certain degree for conservation efforts – it was the fact of it being a lion – brought into that reserve specifically for the purpose of being hunted by that woman. I could then on the flip side point out that what is the point of creating awareness for protection of children on social media as this won’t make any effort to change the policies of child protection either. Social media is VERY powerful and does change things all the time. Anene Booysen became known because of social media and the outrage demonstrated. Melissa Bachman was targeted, yes – but it made people aware of ALL OTHER HUNTERS that also shoot vulnerable animals – hunters in general became anathema to many BECAUSE of Melissa Bachman – it opened up Pandoras box and that is a good thing. Yes, I agree with you that people have become desensitised to hearing about rape – Yes, it’s wrong. BUT, we are human and there is so much we as vulnerable mammals can take in, before we need to step back to protect ourselves. I don’t know anyone that I have spoken to who is not outraged by baby rape. Its a topic that comes up all the time – perhaps in this one instance, the lion saga provided people a platform to concentrate their feelings and outrage over something else that they do feel that they can change and something that doesn’t destroy a part of them in the process. Actually talking about baby rape to many is just too painful – I am not saying its right that people didn’t express their outrage over the rape of the 6 week old baby. I know I didn’t, but my mind has been constantly thinking about her and praying that she will be ok. Sometimes, on Facebook, people don’t want to constantly be faced with topics that are hard to stomach. Perhaps in their own private way, they do express their rage. I am like you a mother to two beautiful children – the thought of anything happening to them kills me and puts me into a panic, like most other parents. We are not callous people because we didn’t express outrage – we also need to maintain our sanity in a very imperfect world. If this was the first time that this topic had come up, I would agree with your post, but because this topic comes up time and time again, people step back. We are only human after all.

    • Sharon

      November 29, 2013 at 2:28 pm

      My point is that awareness is not enough. We need to take action with our issues. So the targeting Melissa raised awareness but what good is awareness if nothing is done? I wonder how many lions have been hunted in the past week since that story broke? Have there been any changes in policy WRT hunting? No.

    • Jessica

      November 29, 2013 at 2:34 pm

      No. we are not human if we step back and don’t actually rage against this. I don’t give a crap if I see baby rape on my FB timeline all the time if it means it’s going to actually make a change. I will go insane talking about this if it means we make a change.”Talking about baby rape is just too painful”. Imagine if people said that about the holocaust or apartheid or infertility or slavery or anything that has changed because people spoke about it. Ignore your fatigue people and rage – this little girl needs you to rage.Maybe outrage will change it. Maybe Govt will have to put organisations on the case, offer resources to abuse organisations, get advertising and awareness campaigns on the go – whatever. We need to keep shouting until our patriarchal, mysoginistic society actually changes.

  • Mash

    November 29, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    I have to say I also found the attack on this woman a bit bizarre. For every one of her, there have to be 50 male hunters who are just as hardcore. I’m not OK with canned lion hunting, and I’m passionate enough about the wild that I sometimes fantasize about ditching it all and becoming an activist, but this woman got singled out in a very weird way that turned out to be (to my mind) more about the fact that she is a woman than anything else. She hunted a lion, lots of people (unfortunately) do that. But suddenly because she is a woman, there was an uproar (excuse the pun).

    I would imagine that a few hundred years ago, similar headlines would have resulted for women who had jobs or got promoted above men. Society has never considered a woman to be someone who should be allowed to hunt a lion. Simple as that. (Of course nobody should hunt lions, but men hunting lions for some reason doesn’t make anyone Angry with a capital A).

    Do you remember a few years ago when that baby rape grabbed the headlines? It was debated in the media for months, people were so shocked, nobody had ever thought that such a terrible act could take place. It seems that the second time around, the world has become immune to the shock it felt then. Just like they would if, say in a year’s time, another foreign woman came here to hunt a lion. It’s like murder, for every murder you read about in the newspaper, another 51 have happened in this country on the same day. Murder is no longer a newsworthy crime in South Africa. 40% of all rapes in this country are attacks on children, can you believe that? Can you actually believe it? And one third of those rapes are by family members.

    I read something on Sky News – a British journalist had randomly picked out 10 South African men to anonymously ask them if they had ever raped a woman. Nine of them had, and most could not understand the problem with it.

    It’s so hideously appalling, really, and yet it seems that our society feels it’s easier to block it out than to deal with it.

    • Mash

      November 29, 2013 at 3:09 pm

      Oh yes – and I also wanted to mention – on the subject of Anene. There were specific details to that rape and murder that caught the attention of the world, horrendous and unthinkably shocking details. However, in that same week, something like 9 women of Anene’s age were raped and murdered by their boyfriends around the country, none of them made headlines. Has the shock and horror that we all felt about her case made even an ounce of difference? Probably not. That’s the worst part of it all.

  • belindamountain

    November 29, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    Completely agree with you. “Baby rape” has become so common in our society that people hardly bat an eyelid anymore – and this attitude has to change. Thanks for giving voice to exactly what I was thinking – we need to be outraged but then we need to take steps to try and mitigate this terrible terrible trend.

  • Juanita

    November 29, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    Yes Sharon, it is indeed a sad state of affairs. I cannot get myself to even look at the pic of the dead lion as I cannot comprehend how anybody would want to kill (hurt) any living thing for pleasure. What outrages me on the other hand is why there wasn’t an outcry of this sorts over our rhinos? Maybe it would have made a difference and we would still have the Western Black Rhino… But I agree that Melissa was an easy “target” as poachers and rapist seldom post pictures of their victims on FB.
    In any case, yes, I think we need more outcries over horrible things like baby rape. Because if we scream loud enough for long enough something’s got to give. We should stop turning a blind eye, being relieved that it is not our children. If we keep living in a society that let themselves be desensitized to men raping babies, we are in real trouble. Unfortunately I also don’t have an answer, maybe someone should start an uproar aimed at the government and let them know we are NOT ok with this..

  • Jeannine

    November 29, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    @jessica – we r human, we are imperfect. Raging about it in my mind will not change baby rape. The only thing that will change this is education. Educating people will change this, rage and anger on Facebook will do nothing unless you yourself will take tangible steps to do something about it. Promote education from the primary years onwards in all communities – this will have more affect than anger on a Facebook page.

    @sharon -in all honesty do you believe that policies on hunting will be changed in one week. These things as you should know take time. Because of pressure from international community most airlines refuse to transport shark fins / this took years. Hunting thing will take time too.

    @Mash – from my point of view, the fact that Melissa was a woman made not one ounce off difference.

    May I ask what you ladies are doing to stop baby rape. Shouting from the roof tops makes not one iota of difference, if you yourself do not physically and mentally get involved. This places you in exactly the same place as all those others who didn’t shout from the rooftops.

    • Sharon

      November 29, 2013 at 5:19 pm

      Jeannine – if you read my blog post, you’ll see that I said I don’t know how we go about changing this baby rape situation, anymore than you know how to change the lion hunting. The point of my post is that there was way more outrage over the lion incident than there has been over this baby rape. And what does that say about us? Are we desensitized? What is happening to us as a society?
      Also, I’d like to add, if you search: Lion hunting South Africa – this is what you’ll find: https://www.google.co.za/search?q=lion+hunting+south+africa&rlz=1C1SKPC_enZA341ZA381&espv=210&es_sm=93&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=U6-YUpmkNIiThQf_8ID4AQ&ved=0CAkQ_AUoAQ
      Thousands of images of about 99% men standing over dead lions they’ve hunted but none of them have been vilified in the same way as Melissa has. And I am of the opinion that half of the issue over the Melissa debacle is because she is a woman and not a man – just another symptom of our patriarchal society.

      But regardless, we can argue this issue backwards and forward, opinions are like assholes, everyone has one. The point I am battling to understand is why the baby rape scenario has not caused the same outcry?

    • Jessica

      November 29, 2013 at 5:31 pm

      It actually does make a difference: look now how the dept of education will not mark the rape question now. I contribute to many NGOs working with raped children and I’m remaining outraged and will do so because I’m human and I give a crap about humans.

  • Jeannine

    November 29, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    Trophy hunting is a worldwide phenomenon – exposing Melissa Bachman showed the shocking side of this type of hunting. The world was outraged, petitions were formed etc. Baby rape is something that touches each and every South African – it’s local, it’s closer to us, it touches our lives more. We r capable of doing something in our communities – volunteering for education programmes in our communities etc. I unfortunately have zero faith in our government, to bring about any change. Our president in no role model. Other countries can change hunting policies, only South Africa can change horrific rapes. We as the people are responsible.

  • Jeannine

    November 29, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    Sharon – it has caused more of an outcry so many other times – it had been at the forefront so many times. It’s everywhere – newspapers, tv etcetera. This one time it didn’t and you claim that we don’t care. It makes one feel that we cannot be passionate about anything else, except about this awful terrible topic. People also need healing time. We r not robots that can just absorb every bit of horrendous news about baby rape. People cannot handle it sometimes. Is this wrong – I don’t know. I know I am human and this topic hurts me to the very core, that sometimes I switch off. If this makes me callous, then so be it. I would end up in a mental asylum if I had to deal with this topic every few days. It’s a protective wall. I know others that have expressed this same opinion to me. Melissa Bachman killed a polar bear, lion and bear – vulnerable species. She deserves all the negativity. Botswana had banned hunting because of depleted wildlife. I am passionate about animals, but it certainly doesn’t mean that I never speak out against abuse against children. I do , often. I am hoping to return to Rsa soon and hope to actually do something tangible rather than just raging. These children do need us desperately – so why don’t all of us do something.

  • Jeannine

    November 29, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    @jessica – I also give a crap about humans a lot, but I also give a crap a lot about our depleting wildlife. It’s not one or the other. Do something then, instead of getting angry on someone’s blog.

  • Jeannine

    November 29, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Jessica / social media can bring about theoretical changes like the exam question etc, but something physical and long term needs to change the mindset of people who rape. This cannot be done by getting angry on Facebook. Changing theoretical policy on hunting can be done by creating awareness on social media. Rape in someone’s mind is way bigger and more difficult to change – it requires more effort, more education. In essence this has to start with children from very young ages with education. These children don’t have access to social media. I hope I am making sense.

    • Jessica

      November 29, 2013 at 8:49 pm

      Unfortunately yes it’s how I understood it. Apologies. I know you feel strongly about this too. I do a lot more than moan about it on SM but I honestly agree with the original blog point: the lion killing got way more attention and that just feels wrong. I don’t like fighting online and I apologise / tonight I go to bed very heart sore that this is a problem we all seem intent on finding excuses to ignore instead of being angry and scared enough to keep fighting for change.

  • Jeannine

    November 29, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    @ Jessica – I too am sorry. Sometimes on Sm, things can be misunderstood. I am just as much as the next person hurt by the rape in our country. Baby rape is something that haunts me. My husband and I are planning on returning to South Africa in the hope that we can make a small difference – everything counts no matter how small. My heart aches for that poor baby and for every other person that has been though rape. Let us all try and make a difference one person at a time – take care and sleep well 🙂

  • Charlotte

    November 30, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Totally disagree with this article and what’s wrong with society are the rapists and paedophiles not people who are angry about this killing. The fact is child rape is almost incomprehensible, unfortunately over the years there have been increasing stories about it but how the hell do you fight such evil that could do such a thing? Look at this case however in the uk about Ian Watkins, the country has gone mad but how do you fight it? Yes you throw these animals in jail but its already illegal, do we start to ban adults mixing with children? Child abuse is already illegal, we are trying to fight it daily, this kind of hunting is not illegal hence why we are fighting to make it so!

  • panjels

    November 30, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    I haven’t followed every comment, but enough to see that there’s ample passion expressed here to take action…

    I have 3 kittys that are loved like children and I adore animals so much that I can’t even look at a plastic bag on the highway incase it’s road kill. I will lose every ounce of ‘social etiquette’ if I see anyone hurting an animal… but I have been convicted in the past when I put the value of my felines over (for instance) the value of a street boy who needed a place to live for 6 months. I really had to deal with comfort and fear in my heart… well God did. We can debate all these feelings and ideas (which is great if it invokes a response) but finding a solution or course of action which is often at the expense of self… is where it all really happens… it’s worth it even if it seems like a drop in the ocean and just 1 person is changed.

    As much as I can’t stomach looking at the image of that gorgeous creature by her side, Melissa Bachman’s life is of more value than the lions. There has been so much hate expressed from ‘mans’ heart toward her.… is this better than what she did? Will spewing out and spreading vulgar language and hate invoke the change that is needed? Equally, I believe that we have been mandated to look after this beautiful world that we live in but never should it be placed at a higher value than human life. Save the trees and kill the unborn? … this here is the topic that makes MY heart beat wildly… and fills me with a sense of ‘this is what I was born for’. Many will not agree or hold my same deep conviction (calling) on this topic but nobody can take away the pain and desperation that my heart feels for ALL of those involved. I am deeply passionate about not killing babies in the womb. I am as equally moved to help emotionally restore the women who live in pain pre and post this very huge decision, as I am about the unborn child.

    This morning I came across this quote which REALLY spoke to me: THE THINGS YOU ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT ARE NOT RANDOM. THEY ARE YOUR CALLING.

    I believe that God is above all and on earth He places the highest value on human life. After all He proved the value and His love by giving His very own life, for US humans. I know it’s not very cool to talk about Jesus but I don’t believe we will grasp the answers and see true, lasting change until we look at this picture and world through His perspective. The problem is in the heart of man. Hearts have been broken and need mending. That precious little baby girl… my heart breaks each time i think about her… and the countless others. She needs love, mending and healing in every way. The uncle… he has been broken and needs love, mending and healing. I do feel rage for the evil that has occurred…… and perhaps for what has been done to him too? Where do we start?

    God. He burns these injustices on our hearts for a reason…
    I can’t help but passionately talk about God at every opportunity because I believe it’s in knowing and having His heart, that true change will come.
    It all starts with the heart.

  • Jeannine

    November 30, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    beautiful comment Panjels. Don’t you ladies also think that the right to life is also important? Protecting babies and children imo should also extend to the unborn child. What happened to that 6 week old baby is horrendous and beyond comprehension, but what happens to unborn children in the process of abortion is also beyond comprehension. I read in this blog before that the right to choose take precedence over the rights of the unborn child – this to me seems ironic. What happens to an unborn child has to be the most horrendous thing that could ever happen to anybody – I have seen what happens during an abortion and it ripped my heart apart.

    Furthermore, I don’t think that anybody literally wanted Melissa Bachman dead – they were angry and words were spewed. But at the end of the day what she did was morally and ethically wrong. You stated that it was legal – it was legal because it brought money to the country – that imo is the only reason. Wildlife is being depleted at a rapid level – she killed lion, polar bear and bear – vulnerable species that could become endangered in the very new future. We as the people on this earth, should do something. Saying nothing is not an option. It does not take away the fact from the horror of a baby rape. Saying that a lion takes precedence over the life of a baby, is sorry to say, but very shortsighted. You see only what you want to see. Rape / baby rape has been on the front page of newspapers/ radio/ Facebook/twitter for months and months – people focused their attention on something else and suddenly we no longer care about our children – makes me very sad that that is what you saw.

    I echo Panjels comment that we also need to understand why this man raped this baby. From the little research that I have done, often this comes from sexual abuse itself. Everyone here is a victim and the only way to do something is education. So many people also bayed for this man’s blood etc, juts like they did for Melissa Bachman – isn’t this at the end of the day exactly the same thing?

  • Sharon

    December 1, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    I stand by everything I’ve said above. I think some of you have misunderstood my question, which is what do we do as a society to stop the epidemic in our society? What I tried to express above, which some have not understood, is why we could cause such an international outcry over a woman who shot a lion that it makes international news headlines (when right or wrong, lions get hunted daily in our country and no one else gets targeted) and yet a baby gets raped and it’s barely a blip on our radars? Why didn’t we make the same outcry?

    This was never a post about the ethics and morality of hunting, I would never hunt, I could never hurt or kill and animal and yet somehow some people seem to think that this is what the post is about, nor was this about the contentious issues of abortion.

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