The life of a gorilla or the life of a human child — which is more valuable?
Without hesitation, most Americans would choose to save a human life over that of an animal.
However, after the recent Cincinnati Zoo controversy, not everyone seems to agree.
On Memorial Day, witnesses watched in horror as shocking video showed a 450-pound gorilla dragging around a 3-year-old child who fell into the gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo.
In a split second, zoo officials had to make a quick decision to save the life of the 3-year-old child or preserve the life of their 17-year-old gorilla.
Cincinnati Zoo officials agreed the life of the child mattered more and decided to shoot the gorilla to protect the child.
Taking to Facebook, zoo officials released the following statement:
“We are heartbroken about losing Harambe, but a child’s life was in danger and a quick decision had to be made.”
However, many leftist animal activists seem to disagree.
Earlier this week, animal activists held a vigil outside the Cincinnati Zoo with signs such as “RIP Harambe – Senseless Death” and “Because His Life Mattered.”
A Change.Org petition titled “Justice for Harambe” now has over 460,000 signatures.
The Blaze reports on the liberal outrage:
“A guy on Twitter wished that humanity would become extinct so that gorillas and other creatures could finally reign in peace. His comment received almost 1,000 likes in the space of one hour. Some have blamed the child saying he entered the gorilla’s space wrongfully and perhaps should have been left to face the consequences. Another popular opinion is that the enormous beast was only trying to protect the child.”
Jane Goodall, a primatologist who founded a global wildlife and environmental conservation organization, emailed the following statement to the Cincinnati Zoo Director:
“I feel so sorry for you, having to defend something which you may well disapprove of. I tried to see exactly what was happening – it looked as though the gorilla was putting an arm around the child – like the female who rescued and returned the child from the Chicago exhibit. Anyway, whatever, it is a devastating loss to the zoo and to the gorillas. How did the others react? Are they allowed to express grief, which seems to be so important?”
Instead of recognizing the fact a human life was saved, liberals can’t get over the fact a gorilla was shot.
Do you think Cincinnati Zoo officials made the right call?
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