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Cecil, Bigfoot, and the “Bad-Ass” Syndrome

There is probably hardly a person on the planet who has not heard the recent story of the tragic death of Cecil the lion. Cecil was, of course, the poor soul who was callously and coldly lured into a situation where he could be killed. And where he was killed, unfortunately. And for what reason? None that I can understand or justify. Nor do I have any sympathy for the guilty parties. I cannot understand – at all – how and why anyone can specifically gain pleasure from killing an animal.

My reason for bringing all this up is because it made me wonder what the response might be if Bigfoot was proved to exist and we secured the proof via someone blowing the creature’s head off its shoulders? Would there be the same kind of 100 percent justified backlash that surrounded the killing of Cecil? It’s an interesting question to ponder upon. You’ll note that I refer to Bigfoot in particular, rather than so-called cryptids in general. There’s a very good reason for that.

We don’t – to say the least – get too many gun-toting people racing around Loch Ness, blasting at every wave and splash in the water. I don’t see people loudly demanding that we arm ourselves to the teeth and head off to Sumatra to bag a couple of Orang Pendek. And I don’t see people throwing depth-charges into Lake Champlain, in an attempt to secure the blown-up remains of its resident lake-monsters, the Champs. But, I do see more than a few people who think that taking the life of a Bigfoot is just fine.

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Now, as people who have followed my writings on Bigfoot will know, I’m not at all sure that Bigfoot is just an unknown animal. I don’t dismiss or ignore – as so many do – the weirder aspects of the Bigfoot phenomenon, those aspects which push things down a far more paranormal-themed pathway. But, for the sake of argument and the specific purpose of this article, I’m going to focus on the flesh and blood angle.

If the Bigfoot are indeed unknown animals (or presumed long-extinct creatures, such as Gigantopithecus), then should we try and find proof of their existence via hair samples, DNA, photos, and film-footage and nothing else? Or, is it okay to kill just one Bigfoot to obtain the undeniable proof? I say “No!” to the latter question. It’s not okay to kill the beast. And for several reasons.

First, who knows how many (or how few) Bigfoot there might be? Some might say that killing one, when there are hundreds of thousands of them, is no big deal. But does anyone really think there are hundreds of thousands of Bigfoot roaming the United States, 24/7? I would say the figures are far, far less. Killing even one could be a potential major disaster.

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Second, there’s the purpose behind the killing. Would the shooter’s primary goal actually be to secure undeniable evidence of Bigfoot? Or, would it go something like this: “I’m the one who first shot and killed a Bigfoot. I am, therefore, a camouflaged bad-ass.” Pathetic. No, you’re not a bad-ass. Camouflaged or otherwise. You’re someone with a big gun and a small…brain. Amongst various other anatomical parts.

Third, how much thought would be given to the possibility that the Bigfoot creatures may represent a form of human – albeit a completely unknown one? In terms of the death of Cecil, we’re already hearing the word “extradition!” used by many. If someone shoots and kills a Bigfoot, and a study of the corpse shows it to be related to us, will there be calls to have the guilty party charged with murder? I wouldn’t be at all surprised. It may even stand up in court. And I would have no sympathy for the person in question: you should have thought about that earlier, you dumb fool!

So, where does that leave us? Well, I’ll tell you. It leaves us in a situation where, as a result of the Cecil the lion controversy, pro-kill Bigfoot seekers need to stand back, take a deep breath and think very seriously and extremely carefully about the potential implications, should they come across a Bigfoot and decide to end its life. They might find their lives ruined too, when they’re splashed all across social-media.

Finally, anyone out there who really thinks it’s cool and bad-ass to kill animals, feel free to scream and shout at me in shrill tones in the “comments” box. I don’t care! Go ahead, rant all you like. Oh, and stamp your feet too. And clench your fists. And fold your arms tightly. It won’t matter to me though. All that matters is this: don’t put a bullet in a Bigfoot.

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Nick Redfern works full time as a writer, lecturer, and journalist. He writes about a wide range of unsolved mysteries, including Bigfoot, UFOs, the Loch Ness Monster, alien encounters, and government conspiracies. Nick has written 41 books, writes for Mysterious Universe and has appeared on numerous television shows on the The History Channel, National Geographic Channel and SyFy Channel.
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