Arnold: Joining the Military is ‘Ballsy’

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Former California governor and Terminator star Arnold Schwarzenegger is speaking out about the killing of Cecil the lion, a beloved cat from Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park. Cecil was lured from the park on July 1st and killed, beheaded and skinned by Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer. The news has set off an online firestorm and now Palmer is under siege: the Zimbabwean government has asked the U.S. government to extradite him to face charges in Africa.

Arnold is on the side of the animals and has spoken out against hunting on his Facebook page.

Stop killing big cats. Killing a lion isn’t ballsy. Going into the octagon or joining the military – that’s ballsy. Try that before you kill a lion. Protecting big cats is also ballsy.

The governor is encouraging fans to donate $5 to the National Geographic Society’s High Five Give Five campaign to protect big cats around the world.

  • BixlerB

    Never thought I would agree with Arny but he’s right. You want to prove you’ve got a brass set o balls join the military and defend your country. An iron set…join special forces. Killing big game is for pansies on ego trips.

    • Thatdude

      Deer are considered big game…. Dose that make deer hunters Pansies? I’m sure all the soldiers that hunt big gam on post would disagree with you on this. Just a thought.

      • Thatdude

        Does…

      • BixlerB

        I bagged a deer last year and I ate him. Ya ok I’ll clarify. Big game to me are lions, tigers, elephants etc. Anything you shoot just for the trophy and rush.

      • SQWERTY

        Everybody draws their own line … what makes yours any more relevant than anyone else’s?

      • guest

        What you described are classified as dangerous game, not big game. Hunting them in Africa is a big money maker and highly regulated, or anyway supposed to be highly regulated.

      • LTC Mason-Dixon

        U.S. state natural resources and conservation departments carefully manage their deer populations. Limiting the hunting season and limiting the number of deer killed are part of their methods. Almost all deer hunters I know either keep the venison for home consumption, share with friends and neighbors or donate it to local food banks. I believe it is plain stupid and wasteful to kill a deer merely to hang its head on a wall.

    • guest

      Yea sure, you go out and kill a lion at close range with a bow and arrow. That is what the dentist took Cecil with. Normally by law you cannot use less than a 375 H&H magnum to take lion with.

      • BixlerB

        He used a crossbow as to not alert game officials in the park. His accomplices standing virtually shoulder to shoulder with him had the usual high powered canons no doubt trained on the lion just in case.Ya, a real hero.

      • guest

        By law in Africa the “high powered canons sic” are required.

      • runswithscissors

        That is besides the point. Bixler was simply pointing out that “bow and arrow at close range” description of the hunting trip wasn’t an accurate picture of the risk taken on by the hunter. And I think that is the point a lot of people make about those who hunt “dangerous game”. I have a lot more respect for people who hunt wild hogs in the US (hogs will come out of nowhere to mess you up), then these pampered rich guys who shoot big cats at long range or from vehicles with a full security detail at the ready if anything goes south.

  • rivrat1970

    Well I think a certain dental practice is about to, if not already, disappear.
    The cat is going to cost him his life savings….legal fees.
    Prison dental service will improve.

    My sympathies to the Lions fans and to those have lost their jobs if the practice did close.

    Hmmm. Let him make the “spear run”…naked.

  • Sqwerty

    If the dentist knew Cecil was lured from the park on July 1st so that he could kill, behead, and skin it, hang him high … but if he didn’t know that and believed he was shooting legitimate game, that’s a different story altogether. Seems to me that a lot of folks are getting the cart before the horse here.
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    As to Arnold, he’s welcome to be against hunting all he wishes. Me, I’m against cheating husbands that bed the hired help … of which Arnold is one … and too stupid to put on protection to boot.

    • guest

      And are anti-gun, but made a fortune making movies the glorified guns and violence.

    • runswithscissors

      That’s a good point ….. it is possible that the dentist didn’t know the animal was lured out of the protected area and that the hunting tour that the signed up with deceived him into believe he was on a sanctioned hunt.

  • SSG Ret. US Arny

    The way I understand it the dentist didn’t know he was killing a protected lion, but he did know later and helped to try and cover it up so hes guilty as hell by association. Besides when was ignorance of the law an excuse for anything?

    • Sqwerty

      I may be missing something, but I don’t think the issue is “ignorance of the law”. The lion ceased to be protected when it was lured outside the game preserve. The illegality was luring the lion from where it could not legally be shot … to where it could legally be shot. THE question is: Did the dentist know the lion had been lured outside the game preserve when he killed it. If he did, hang him high. If he didn’t, all these calls for his soul are so much diarrhea.
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      The question of whether “big game” hunting should be legal or not is so much chaff. A red herring that has nothing to do with the incident under discussion.

    • guest

      I don’t know if I would want to put my life, or trust, in the hands of Zimbabwe judge and jury. It would be a kangaroo court.

      • Sqwerty

        Can’t much disagree with that, particularly after seeing how the ill-informed court of public opinion here in the U.S. has already gutted him and hung his carcass out to dry. Fairness isn’t helped by the environmental whack jobs that seized on it before the print was dry in an attempt to morph it into an attack on legal big game hunting.

  • Sqwerty

    I DO wish that the good people of the world would get as bent out of shape and punishment-focused over the Daesh burning, beheading, and dropping from heights of innocent people … as they seem to be over a lion.

    • guest

      You got that right.

      • Jonathon

        Exactly – people who behead CHILDREN??? They’re the animals who need to be hunted to extinction, by whatever means necessary. A sniper’s bullet? Works for me!

  • guest

    And to think he flushed a beautiful marriage with a Kennedy down the toilet.

    • Sqwerty

      True that. Cheating on one’s wife with one’s housekeeper isn’t a particularly bright thing to do. His idiocy is compounded by a failure to practice birth control. Not a particularly good example for anyone. IMV, his view on anything is suspect and in this case, I’d argue that joining the military isn’t “ballsy” … it is “patriotic”. “Ballsy” is doing something stupid and getting caught. Arnold’s and expert on that. ;)

  • bigfatduke

    How much military service did Arnie do? A big zero.

    • guest

      But he played military types in the movies. Does that count?

    • guest

      Actually he did his mandatory service in the Austrian military, where he was born. Would you believe he squeezed that big frame into the drivers seat of a M47 Patton? Gather he also did some time in the brig for being UA to attend a weight lifting competition.

  • IronV

    Let’s be clear. That clown dentist shot a lion with cross bow and ENJOYED watching the poor thing suffer for almost two days. Then he cut the animal’s head off. And he ENJOYED that too.

    A self absorbed coward and sick bastard.

    • Dillibus

      Let’s be real clear. You don’t know of what you speak. The only clown here is you … and you aren’t particularly funny.

  • wtpworrier

    “the Zimbabwean government has asked the U.S. government to extradite him to face charges in Africa.”______________________________Now that would be poetic justice. He probably lured the lion out of the park with food. The lion was probably use to being fed by humans, so had no reason to fear humans…that’s like murder, because he planned the whole thing.

  • Mark Krain

    Not for a heartbeat do I defend the killing of the lion. But it seems to me that Zimbabwe is at least partially complicit in the deed. I read that they sell licenses to kill wild animals, lions included, to foreigners who pay big bucks for such rights. And I think that the dentist paid his money and was granted such a license. The problem seems to be that they do not like the way he went about luring and eventually killing the lion.

    Yes, the dentist should be punished for the dastardly deed, but why was he there in Zimbabwe in the first place? Because that country widely promotes the hunting of wild animals for its own monetary gain. It seems to me that if you promote the doing of foul deeds and collect the money for giving people permission to do them, then you are as guilty of the atrocities as the folks that do the actual killing.