So, whatever you think about Cecil’s tragic and untimely demise, one thing is for sure, so-called ‘hunters’ might now think twice about loading up the old crossbow and rifle and heading off to needlessly slaughter our finest and most magnificent species for their own amusement.
Lord knows something needed to be done to stop the constant outraged social media posts featuring men and women sitting on endangered species with a gun and a stupid grin.
So, ironically, it might even be a positive thing.
In fact it’s the kind of thing some Zimbabwean ad agency could submit as a case history at next years Cannes. (Animal health section).
Imagine the case study.
The problem? Rich American businessmen were totally ignoring the plight of endangered species and continuing to shoot much loved wild animals for their own amusement and trophy cabinet in the mistaken belief it was still 1908.
Our strategy? make hunting African wildlife seem not worth the risk.
So we took hidden cameras and a team of ‘actors’ disguised as gamekeepers and agreed to lure a lion from it’s protected park to a place where our ‘mark’ would shoot him, manfully, with a crossbow.
But it wasn’t just any old lion, this was Cecil, the most famous lion in Zimbabwe!
But we didn’t tell our hunter that…one lion looks much like another and what did he care?
Only one day later and we posted the death of Cecil on social media sites.
Twitter and Facebook exploded with outrage!
Next we released the name of the American dentist who we duped in to killing this beautiful creature.
Twitter went through the roof, and our dentist went in to hiding when we organised a demonstration outside his dental practice. Worldwide coverage followed on all the major TV channels.
There’s nothing like a death threat to encourage behaviour change.
Next we started a petition to have our ‘hunter’ deported to Zimbabwe to face trial. 140,000 online signatures and the President has to make a response.
Now ‘hunters’ are thinking twice before considering mercilessly killing endangered species for their own fun.
The case history film finishes to a standing ovation, and the CD & MD from the agency in Harare head for the stage to pick up their trophy.
Those Cannes juries love nothing more than an idea that changes behaviour.
Especially those over-paid, mindless, cowardly dentists.