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We (or the normal, decent people amongst us) read with horror and loathing about the American dentist, Walter James Palmer from Minnesota, who paid around £35,000 to shoot a lion with a bow and arrow.

Cecil the lion was a placid, people-loving lion who lived in a Zimbabwe park.

He was cold-bloodedly lured to his death and murdered on the 1st July.

When I was next door to Zimbabwe, in Zambia, a few years ago, I met several lions and found them beautiful animals, full of love for their keepers.P1030657 (Small)

It was an honour and a memorable experience to scratch a lion on her forehead while she wriggled in ecstasy. And then she trotted up and down along her huge cage, following me and sitting down every time that I stopped, thrusting her head forward for another tickle.

When I said Goodbye and left, turning to look back at her, she sat down and her ears drooped just like a dog being left behind. It was quite sad.

Then I took a lion cub, aged nearly two, for a walk. You have to hang onto their tails. They don’t mind a bit.P1030674 (Small)

He sprawled out on the ground, perfectly relaxed, and I stroked him along his back.

Do you know that lions have no scent at all? They don’t smell animally at all. It helps them to stay hidden from their prey.

I bet American dentists smell! So why wasn’t Cecil spooked? Probably because he trusted Man. Big mistake! He innocently walked to his death.

The thought of seeing these magnificent creatures with blood spurting out of them is very upsetting.P1030681 (Small)

My opinion, if you want to know? (If not, I suggest you stop reading this at once!)

Paying a small fortune to murder rare animals is not normal. I believe that, like arson, it’s a substitute for the sexually lacking.

I think that Walter James Palmer, the Minnesota dentist, should have all his teeth pulled out without an anaesthetic! Give him a mirror and he can watch all the blood coming out of his mouth.

But on the positive side, maybe we should be grateful that these evil hunters – I use the term hunters loosely – only kill animals. God only knows what perverted, bloodthirsty desires lurk in their evil brains!

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About Lyn

LYN FUNNELL CV (well, sort of!) Lyn had very successful careers as an Air Hostess, Sales Rep, (she was one of only a couple of women. She beat all the men regularly, becoming the Top Rep in the UK, and 2nd in the world.) And then Catering took over. She did everything from the washing-up, to Silver Service Waitress, and Chef. A few times, she had to cook the meal, dash round the other side and Silver Serve it! In between all this, she wrote as often as she could, building up a reputation as a published short story writer, (Horror and a twist in the tale,) and a Poet. She has appeared as a Performing Poet, and a Demo Chef. Then she discovered the world of the Food & Travel Writer. And that’s what she has continued doing to this day. Her main hobbies are Cookery and entering Competitions. She has won many prizes, including holidays and a moped. She enjoys entering Competitions, submitting her original recipes. She was first in many Competitions, including the Good Housekeeping Millenium Menu, Fruits of France, Bernard Matthews Turkey Recipe, and appeared on BBC’s The One Show Spag Bol contest. She was one of three Finalists, coming 2nd, which makes her Britain’s Spag Bol Queen! Now she runs B-C-ing-U! and loves it! After several years of being messed around by Editors, and having loads of contacts, Lyn formed her own online Magazine, vowing to treat her writers fairly, and to do everything possible to further their careers, publicise their books, etc. She now has a band of excellent regular writers, and the Magazine’s going from strength to strength! Lyn’s online published books; Adverse Camber A collection of my published poems. The First Book of Short Stories The Second Book of Short Stories The Third Book of Short Stories. Many of these stories have been previously published. St Anthony of Padua. The Patron St of the Old. A story of one woman’s terrible ordeal in a Home, and her family’s rescue of her. The Girl Who Watched. A Cuban girl is attacked by an English journalist & what follows! Willy the Whizz & the Wormhole. Suitable for Young Adults, aged 15-95! Get Out Of Debt And Stay Out – Forever! Unsympathetic, hard-hitting, realistic solutions to your problems. All these books are published by Andrews UK Ltd www.andrewsuk.com No, I didn’t pay them to Vanity Publish! They’re all available from Amazon, and many other online publishers. LYN FUNNELL.