I agree with Jo-Ann Armao that Walter Palmer now feels what it is like to be hunted (“The travesty of Cecil the lion,” July 31 Other Opinion).
I have viewed the previous trophies that Palmer was proud of showing off and wondered whether they suffered the same fate as Cecil (40 hours injured?!).
I disagree that the world cares only because Cecil was famous. Trophy hunting is a disgusting “sport” where money determines outcome. After a hunter pays $50,000-plus for this “hunt,” professional guides need to ensure that he leaves with his trophy. Hunter goes home and brags about his awesome skills and entices other wannabes to get bragging rights. This whole scenario is wrong on so many levels.
To answer Armao’s question, yes, I would care if this happened to another animal. If someone is inclined to hunt for sport, keep the playing field level. Did he use a crossbow to wound Cecil so that he could shoot him in a spot that would not deface his trophy to make sure his rug and head would look great in the den?