‘Parental negligence’: Thousands sign petitions condemning killing of Cincinnati Zoo gorilla
Cannot believe the parental irresponsibility that has lead to the murder of endangered gorilla, Harambi at Cincinatti Zoo.— Emma (@emma_ligier) May 29, 2016
The 181-kg male gorilla, known as Harambe, was killed on Saturday after a four-year-old boy climbed through a public barrier at the zoo’s Gorilla World section and then fell into the exhibit’s moat.
The petition describes as “heartbreaking” the decision to kill the “beautiful gorilla” instead of using a tranquiliser, before going on to criticise the child’s parents for “not keep[ing] a closer watch on the child.”
I'm really happy that a majority of people are upset at the lack of parenting at the Cincinatti Zoo incident instead of blaming the gorilla.— Kelly Groven (@Valli_With_An_i) May 29, 2016
This is so sad! cincinatti zoo shoot their gorilla as kid gets in enclosure! What happened to a tranquilliser? Don't lock up a gorilla!— Ben Montague (@ben_montague) May 29, 2016
“We the undersigned believe that the child would not have been able to enter the enclosure under proper parental supervision,” the petition reads.
“It is believed that the situation was caused by parental negligence,” it adds, before calling for “the parents to be held accountable for the lack of supervision and negligence that caused Harambe to lose his life.”
Cincinatti zoo just shot a gorilla but for some reason none of the Bengals— Chris Milner (@EnglishmanChris) May 29, 2016
The authors of the petition don’t stop there, however, then calling into question the “child’s home situation.”
The child's parents are guilty of having the gorilla needlessly killed at Cincinatti Zoo. KEEP an eye on your children at all times!— Katy Chance (@ChanceComments) May 29, 2016
The signatories “actively encourage an investigation of the child's home environment in the interests of protecting the child and his siblings from further incidents of parental negligence that may result in serious bodily harm or even death.”
Sickening from Cincinatti Zoo, shooting a gorilla dead because an idiotic kid fell into its exhibit, could easily have tranquilized it!— Ben Hearnden (@BHearnden) May 29, 2016
People mad at Cincinatti Zoo over the gorilla being shot yet the anger should be directed towards the negligent parents of the 4 year old.— Sara Jetlag (@SaraJetlag) May 29, 2016
Zoo Director Thane Maynard said the 17-year-old gorilla didn't appear to be attacking the boy, but it was “an extremely strong” animal in an agitated situation, so the Zoo’s Dangerous Animal Response Team had to respond to the “the life-threatening situation and made the difficult decision to dispatch the gorilla.”
the murder of the gorilla at the cincinatti zoo is disgusting. he didnt attack the boy he literally dragged him to shallower water.— nat swan (@natalataliee44) May 29, 2016