Skip to content

21st-century values: Life of gorilla more important than life of 3-year-old human boy

June 1, 2016

From my latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

Harambe weighed 450 pounds, and the average 3-year-old boy weighs 31 pounds

Harambe the gorilla is the new Cecil the lion.

Except that Cecil wasn’t doing anything when two men lured him out of a protected-wildlife park in Zimbabwe last year so that he could be shot by a vacationing dentist from Minnesota who had bought a valid trophy-hunting permit and had no idea that Cecil had been illegally procured. Zimbabwe authorities never prosecuted the dentist, Dr. Walter Palmer, although they brought criminal charges against the two professional hunting guides.

Meanwhile, animal-rights activists threw his dental practice into shambles and otherwise tried to wreck his life.

Harambe, on the other hand, according to the Chicago Tribune

“Video footage shot by horrified visitors shows Harambe straddling the boy in the far left corner of the enclosure. At first, he appears to be standing guard, like he is protecting the boy, but he becomes agitated by visitors’ chaotic response to the fall and suddenly snatches the boy’s leg, violently dragging him through the foot of water that covers the floor of the enclosure. The dragging pauses momentarily, and the boy seems to try and scoot away from the gorilla, but as quickly as he did before, Harambe latches onto the child’s foot again and drags him to the opposite end of the enclosure.”

***

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals tweeted that it was “captivity” that killed Harambe, and others called for a boycott of the zoo. Another group, Stop Exploitation of Animals, filed a complaint against the zoo with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

But the boy’s parents seem to be the real animal-activist targets. “You all killed him for protecting a child [whose] parents couldn’t contain their own children!!”

“Keep brats out of the habitats,” read a sign at a demonstration outside the zoo on May 30.

About 8,000 people have signed a petition calling for prosecuting the boy’s mother, and sure enough, the Cincinnati police, who at first said no criminal charges would be filed, are now launching a criminal investigation.

Read the whole thing here.

Posted by Charlotte Allen
Advertisements
One Comment
  1. Lastango permalink

    All those shrieking people remind me of the time a big group of college students in Alaska chased a terrified moose around the campus, pelting it with snowballs.

    The moose ended up alongside a building, where a professor who knew nothing about all that happened to exit a side door nearby. The moose trampled him to death.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: