Opinion – Obama wildlife officials ‘deeply concerned’ by killing of Cecil the lion | TheHill – John Gelmini

English: Male lion

English: Male lion (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Let’s hope that the “deep concern” felt by Obama’s officials translates into global action.

Hunting because you have too little too eat is one thing–My uncles in Italy were all expert marksmen who hunted birds to eat in the 1930s, when Churchill was applying sanctions against Mussolini to curb his African adventurism.

Hunting to control foxes and animals like wolves to protect livestock which produce food and useful products like food is reasonable provided that animals are dispatched humanely.

The same can be said of the bungled UK Government attempt to cull badgers, which cause TB in cattle.

I would not go quite so far as Dr Alf in wanting to have Walter Palmer incarcerated in Guantanomo Bay but this overweight dentist and others, who pay money to hunt defenseless creatures with helicopters or trick the animals into straying out of their territories, so that they can be killed for sport need to be financially punished and made to do court enforced conservation work in a zoo, so that he understands the consequences of his actions.

We live in an eco-system which is finely balanced and by killing too many or preserving too many of a particular animal or bird we risk upsetting it.

Lions,hyenas,vultures,sharks,crows,eagles,harriers,owls and wolves are there to keep the species of the animals they prey upon strong and in balance.

Killing them for sport disrupts that balance and changes the environment through knock on effects which we cannot predict or quantify.

John Gelmini

Opinion – Man sues Etihad over back injury from sitting next to obese passenger | Business | The Guardian – John Gelmini

Etihad Airways Boeing 777-300ER at Brisbane in...

Etihad Airways Boeing 777-300ER at Brisbane international airport (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dr Alf raises an important point, because airline CEOs and their major shareholders would not sit with anyone like that for one second.

Passengers who are grossly obese should be charged for two seats whilst the smelly, troublesome, drunk and flu ridden should not be allowed to fly on normal commercial flights.

The airlines owe a duty of care to the ordinary travelling public, who queue in airports and have to put up with these things.

Apart from the airlines, people need to learn manners again, even if that means applying fast-track ASBOs and fines on people and their errant offspring and charging them a lot more before they can travel with the rest of us.

John Gelmini