You've probably all read about Harambe, the Silverback Gorilla killed at the Cincinnati Zoo on May 28, 2016 in order to "save" a 4 year old child who climbed/fell into his enclosure.
Here are some articles about this:
- Harambe the Gorilla Killed
- Outrage Grows After Gorilla Harambe Shot Dead at Cincinnati Zoo to Save Tot
- Full Video Shows Harambe the Gorilla Dragging Child Before he Was Shot
- Mother of the Child That Fell Into the Cincinnati Zoo's Gorilla Exhibit Speaks Out Online
- Child falls into gorilla cage at Cincinnati Zoo, rescued from 400-pound male gorilla
- Harambe's rights were violated long before his tragic death
- Astonishing new footage shows gorilla 'PROTECTING' boy and holding his hand before being shot dead
- Pictured: Parents accused of neglect after boy fell into gorilla enclosure before 'gentle giant' was shot dead
I've been reading about this today, and like Cecil the Lion and the two lions killed in Chile for mauling a suicidal man, I was going to keep my mouth shut. I choose my side (which is 99.9% the side of the animal) quietly. Then I started seeing people talking about this kid in Harambe's enclosure and referring it to a "mistake" and an "accident".
And I call bullshit.
A "mistake" is when you write in pencil when you should write in pen or rolling through a stop sign when a cop is watching, or burning the spaghetti. Letting your very young child run loose (even after saying he wants to go in the water) at a public, busy place where he could be kidnapped in a split second, or fall down and get hurt, or heaven forbid even fall down and get hurt in a wild animal enclosure in (did I mention a public and busy) ZOO where there are WILD ANIMALS in enclosures that regardless of how well they are or are not separated from the public - are STILL WILD ANIMALS that are capable of easily KILLING YOUR CHILD whether they want or intend to or not - is stupid and negligent and as a parent it's YOUR FAULT.
This wasn't a mistake, this is an atrocity.
I am truly happy that the child is ok, he does not deserve to pay for his parent's idiocy.
I hate zoos. I think these animals should be in their natural habitat. That said, I don't blame the zoo for the enclosure. How many years did this enclosure work just fine? This tells me that this is a resourceful child that did, indeed, want to go in the water, and was not being watched by a neglectful parent. It also appears to me that Harambe was trying to protect the child. If Harambe had wanted him dead, he would have been dead in far less than the 10 minutes he was in there. I can't say one way or the other if it was necessary to kill Harambe. But I do know it wasn't Harambe's fault and he is the innocent victim here. I think the parents should be held accountable, yes. Just as they would be held accountable for any other form of neglect. Because that's just what this was. Neglect.
So yes mistakes happen, and yes kids can get away from you quickly. Kids aren't the brightest little things in the common sense department and that's where parents come in. It's your job to protect them from their stupid ideas. And knowing that your little boy is tiny, helpless, and not able to make smart decisions in a world full of evil people, negative situations, and in this case in a location surrounded by large and potentially very dangerous animals maybe, just maybe, you should - I dunno - WATCH HIM?
It's time people take responsibility for their own actions.
Justice for Harambe :: We the undersigned believe that the child would not have been able to enter the enclosure under proper parental supervision. ... Please sign this petition to encourage the Cincinnati Zoo, Hamilton County Child Protection Services, and Cincinnati Police Department hold the parents responsible.
Support "Harambe's Law", for the gorilla killed in Cincinnati :: In light of the recent tragedy at the Cincinnati Zoo in the death of Western Lowland Gorilla Harambe and the enormous loss of this CRITICALLY ENDANGERED animal, we would like to pass Harambe's Law, so there are legal consequences when an endangered animal is harmed or killed due to the negligence of visitors. If this law is enacted, it will not only protect the animals, but will hold individuals accountable for actions resulting in harm or death of an animal.
Rest In Peace, Harambe.