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Lessons from a Lion

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The sad case of Cecil the Lion demonstrates the superiority of conservative common sense over leftist notions of political correctness. First, there’s the question asked by many conservatives: why should anyone feel more upset by the death of a lion 5,000 miles away than by dismemberment of human babies in your own community? Conservatism holds that human life – even human life in the womb – is more precious than animal life in any form. That doesn’t mean animals shouldn’t be treated with kindness and respect, but that humans should be treated with even more kindness at every point in life’s journey. Second, there’s a liberal inclination to call hunting “disgusting” and to try to ban it. Many conservatives don’t hunt and don’t find hunting appealing— I’m one of them. But I don’t want to impose my feelings on someone else, who’s engaging in an age-old pursuit that actually encourages intergenerational connection, conservation, and love of nature.

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