In his De Nabuthae, Ambrose of Milan aims his sharpened rhetoric at the wealthy Romans of his time who, in the midst of socio-economic collapse, were waging a massive land grab and defrauding campaign against the poor. Principally, the wealthy were guilty of denying the common nature or humanity between themselves and the poor, segregating themselves as some sort of homo superior. (Cf., De Nabuthae 1.2; 3.11-3.12) Rather than sharing the excesses of their wealth and provide sheltering for their companions by nature, the perverted sense of justice or caritas among the wealthy compelled them to construct dwellings for their animals, while at the same time defrauding the poor of theirs. (3.12)
With the above in mind, consider the following,
One lion died in Africa and every suburban trendy in the US and Europe is protesting in moral outrage and demanding justice for Cecil. The media has taken moral posturing and targeted its ire at the hunter.
And yet conservatively 5,500 children die of starvation in Africa every day. Where is the mass corporate media's moral posturing and indignation? Where is the moral outrage among the suburban trendies in the West? Forget that, where is the fashionable hash tag or fb meme to plaster all over your social media accounts?
Priorities say a lot about a culture and the direction it is heading. Ambrose of Milan may have been one of the earliest observers of all too real phenomenon: when the elites of a society accord animals the same rights that properly belong to people, it is only a matter of time until people have no rights. The obsession with animal rights is often used as cloak to disguise utter indifference if not blazon cruelty towards another human being's condition.