The initial narrative states that Cecil “was being studied and tracked by a research team attached to the University of Oxford (UK) as part of a long-term study”. What was not made clear at the beginning of this controversy was the purpose of the Oxford studies. So, the reader, when he begins to read the narrative, will initially gain the impression that Cecil was the subject of a very special and individual research program. And that illusion has been promoted and perpetuated by many people who have since climbed onto what became the Cecil-the-Lion bandwagon.
But Cecil’s was not a special case.
Watch this space!