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Why Killing A Lion Is The Most Cowardly Thing You Can Do

Anyone who says otherwise is wrong.

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BACKSTORY: Melissa Bachman is a TV host who mostly hosts hunting television programs.

Last week, she posted a picture with a dead male lion on her Facebook page with the caption:


The lion she hunted was in an official game park in South Africa, so technically it was totally legal.

But for anyone who has been on safari in Africa, you know just how fucked up it is to kill a lion.

I spent a few days in Botswana last month with lion experts and filmmakers, Beverly and Dereck Joubert.

The two of them have been researching lions for 30 years. They've made 25 films for National Geographic and their 26th is called Game of Lions. It's premiering on Nat Geo Wild as part of Big Cat Week on Dec. 1.


So when Melissa Bachman posted that picture, I was very unimpressed. Also disgusted.

From spending some time on the safari, I also realized there were a few gaps in her story.


Now for the lions themselves.

Here were three things I learned:

1. Lions are big cats (duh). They act like them too.

2. They just sleep and sit around all day, like cats.

3. Lions do not give a shit about you. They see you as that big van. They don't mess with you.


To sum things up: Hunting a lion isn't very hard. To kill a lion you have to be a coward.