|Gentleman Jim Corbett - gentleman?|
All man eaters are going to be similar in one form or another to the Panar Leopard as a leopard will chose the easiest prey and if there is a more natural prey it will go for that. People are not the natural prey of leopards. Something has gone wrong if the leopard attacks people and the cause of that wrong is more than likely to be us. We cannot therefore praise someone as "a man of decency, honor and humanity" etc. when he has missed the point completely. He was deluded. At the time he and the others involved owed a moral debt to help the leopard not to kill it. Apparently he turned to photo safaris later in life, so I think he saw the light.
And to say he is "an Indian-born British hunter, conservationist and naturalist", (Wikipedia author) is an oxymoron (a figure of speech that combines two apparently contradictory terms). Lets look at the definitions:
- hunter - "a person or animal that seeks out and kills or captures game"
- conservationist - "one that practices or advocates conservation, especially of natural resources"
- conservation - "The protection, preservation, management, or restoration of wildlife..."
- naturalist - " One versed in natural history, especially in zoology or botany."
Hunter-Naturalist and Cat Killer Jim Corbett to Home Page
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