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