Trackers Not Enough To Stop Poaching
The recent headlines regarding Cecil the Lion have been both heartbreaking and disturbing. For those who have not been following the news headlines, Cecil was a popular Lion who lived in Zimbabwe. A tourist attraction and favorite among the locals, Cecil was more than simply a lion to those in the region. Zimbabwe is a unique country with incredible wild life but having native wild animals has resulted in the area being a target for poachers looking to kill big game for no other reason to compensate for their small genitals. Sadly, Cecil the lion was hunted and murdered by an American tourist for the only reason that the American dental nerd from Minnesota named Walter Palmer wanted to kill a large exotic animal to make up for a lifetime of rejection from women who had no desire to be with such a loser. Cecil was poached by Palmer, died a slow death and is now becoming a martyr for exotic animals that are constantly hunted down and killed by cowards from all over the globe. Now the discussion has shifted to what measures can be taken moving forward to prevent the senseless killing of exotic animals from poachers, but one of the technological solutions employed in recent years might not be enough to stop poacher scum bags such as Walter Palmer.
GPS Tracking Devices
One of the tools animal activists and scientists have been using to help in the battle against poachers are GPS tracking devices. How the satellite-based monitoring technology works is by a process in which the animal is equipped with a GPS collar that records locational information of the animal. The live GPS tracking data is then transmitted to computers where researchers and conservationists can view the locational data in order to be certain that wild life, especially those that are endangered, are safe from poachers. As helpful as GPS trackers have been in locating wildlife the reality is that the technology is only providing a vehicle to observe the animal activity and is not being as helpful in preventing poachers from killing wildlife. What the case of Cecil the lion taught the world is that even when exotic animals are under surveillance they are not necessarily safe. What all-time loser Walter Palmer and his guide did was attach an animal carcass on the back of a jeep to lure Cecil away from protected grounds. What the Minnesota jerk face then did was execute the defenseless animal as it made an attempt to eat the bait the poachers put out to lure in Cecil. They cut off the lion’s head and left the body in the wild. The GPS tracking device was crucial in determining some of the facts in the case but the GPS tracker had no way of preventing the killing of Cecil.
Remembering Cecil The Lion
As Zimbabwe officials make attempts to extradite Walter Palmer in order to bring the scum bag to justice for both his illegal and immoral acts of violence towards animal life, the world is left with the reality that there are more losers like Palmer all over the globe who come to Africa for no other reason than to kill endangered and exotic animals. GPS tracking that uses satellite technology is a great resource for helping conservationists keep tabs on protected wildlife, but GPS won’t stop poachers. Stricter laws, stiffer fines and stronger resources need to be utilized to stop poachers. Poachers need to fear that if they kill a wild animal in Zimbabwe or other African nations that they could very spend significant time in behind bars in a African jail. Cecil is no longer with the people of Zimbabwe but hopefully the lion’s death will result in positive change long-term. And hopefully, Palmer receives more negative attention along with time behind bars.
Sage is a freelance writer with a background in information technology.