Track of the Day: “Monster In My Pants”

In a Slack chat today among Atlantic staffers reminiscing about their favorite Nickelodeon shows from ’80s, Jennie wrote:

My fondest memory of my Nickelodeon watching is the time they played the video for “Monster” by Fred Schneider from the B52s. Nick Rocks was supposed to show cute, child-friendly videos (like the Cars video in this commercial). I guess they thought “Monster” was child-friendly because … it featured a dancing, animated penis and women wearing giant plastic naked butts and the refrain, “There’s a monster in my pants and he does a nasty dance”?

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Lion Item: Cecil the Fundraiser

Cecil’s death has already resulted in donations of more than $780,000 to the team at Oxford University that was studying him. (American philanthropists Tom and Daphne Kaplan also gave a matching pledge of $100,000.) Researchers at Oxford’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit said today the money would help them study lions not only in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, where Cecil lived, but also in adjoining countries.

Killing lions isn’t illegal, and, as we noted yesterday, 11 African countries, including Zimbabwe, issue permits for their hunting. Indeed, some hunters argue that trophy hunting actually helps conservation, by providing tens of thousands of dollars per permit to countries that otherwise lack the resources to protect wildlife. On that note, a reader flags this op-ed from Kennedy Mavhumashava of The Bulawayo Chronicle, a newspaper in Zimbabwe:

If the killing of Cecil, which happened outside the Park’s boundaries, is found to be illegal, let the chips fall where they may. But I find the western outrage over the demise of Cecil, which is only a lion to many of us, suspicious. Continue reading

Lion Item: Airlines Bow to Pressure

Delta just announced it will stop transporting hunting trophies:

Effective immediately, Delta will officially ban shipment of all lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros, and buffalo trophies worldwide as freight.  Prior to this ban, Delta’s strict acceptance policy called for absolute compliance with all government regulations regarding protected species. Delta will also review acceptance policies of other hunting trophies with appropriate government agencies and other organizations supporting legal shipments.

Other airlines—including British Airways, Lufthansa, and South African Airways—announced similar changes in their rules amid outrage over Cecil’s killing, much of it directed at airlines that transport hunting trophies around the world. For more on the outrage, and the outrage over the outrage, check out Hamblin’s latest.

Despite their declining numbers, lions are actually not an endangered species. And 11 African countries, including Zimbabwe and South Africa, issue permits for their hunting. The New York Times notes that Americans make up the bulk of non-African hunters.