This editorial just in from Gill, a long-time member of Face Activities:
Everyone agrees that the death of Harambe the gorilla was a tragedy, but it should also be a crime. Harambe was only 17 years old, a young silverback gorilla just beginning to start a family group of his own, but his life was tragically ended this week by gunfire. Why?
This gentle giant was a harmless soul, living happily and quietly in the Gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo, with others of his kind. And the people loved him, visiting in droves. Everyone agrees that had the right to live and socialize with others of his kind for the rest of his natural lifespan, just like all animals, including human beings. Unfortunately it ended tragically for Harambe and his new family, when a small child fell into his enclosure. Zoo officials shot the young silverback gorilla, rather than giving him a chance by trying to save both the child and the gorilla. And the could have done it! Read more
The shooting of Harambe, the 17-year-old 400 pound lowland gorilla at the Cincinnati zoo, is burning up the internet with controversy. Zoo officials made the decision to shoot the magnificent animal to protect a young boy who’d broken away from his mother and fallen into the gorilla enclosure.
People are grieving the loss of this great animal, and many are placing blame squarely on both the mother of the child, and zoo officials, for his loss. Concerned animal lovers are so angry that they are circulating an online petition calling for the family of the child to face justice. Read more
Saturday the Cincinnati Zoo was the site of a dramatic and tragic series of events. A rambunctious 4-year-old boy broke away from his distracted mother and fell into a gorilla habitat, housing Harambe, a 400 pound silver back lowland gorilla.
Though the powerful animal was gentle and apparently protective of the child for stretches of time, emergency personnel observed the gorilla dragging the child around and throwing him at times. A decision was made to put Harambe down with a rifle, since the animal posed a risk to the child in an agitated state. The use of a tranquilizer gun was rejected, since the drug wouldn’t take effect right away, but might greatly increase the risk to the child for several minutes. Read more