The internet is demanding #JusticeForHarambe
Yesterday, the Cincinnati Zoo shot and killed a gorilla named Harambe because a child snuck into his enclosure. Harambe was a western lowland gorilla, a critically endangered species.
The zoo held a press conference to explain why they didn't just tranquilize Harambe. The short version: Tranquilizers take time to work, and the gorilla might have reacted violently to being darted.
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) May 30, 2016
The animal rights advocates who held a vigil today say their intention is to remember the animal, not protest the zoo. But there are plenty of other people willing to condemn the zoo's actions.
— billboard (@billboard) May 30, 2016
— Daniel Johnson (@DanJohnsoninc) May 30, 2016
— Leandri J van Vuuren (@Lean3JvV) May 30, 2016
— ? kalel ? (@KalelKitten) May 29, 2016
We are great apes, like #Harambe. Gorillas are sentient beings. They didnt ask to be locked up in a zoo. Wasn't right to shoot/murder him.
— Current Affairs (@LitteHOnline) May 29, 2016
The zoo isn't getting all the flak, though--plenty of people are upset with the child's family, too.
The mother, Michelle Gregg, refers to Harambe's senseless murder as "accidents happen." Disgraceful woman!https://t.co/RIGlwk5vFy
— A.J. Delgado (@AJDelgado13) May 30, 2016
— Feisty??Floridian (@peddoc63) May 30, 2016
Rest in peace, Harambe. Now arrest the mother and put her kids in state custody. She is unfit to parent. pic.twitter.com/s5JnuAqcRA
— andieiam (@andieiamwhoiam) May 30, 2016
Instead of blaming zookeepers for shooting #harambe why don't we blame the dumbass parents for not being responsible for their damn child
— MJ (@mjlopezv20) May 29, 2016
The mother needs to face criminal charges in the death of the gorilla #Harambe
— Bill Huber (@BillHuber847) May 29, 2016
— L.A (@blxxm83) May 29, 2016
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Dana is a freelance writer from Florida, the state that winter forgot. She likes video games, cats, fantasy novels, and complaining about the weather. Follow her on Twitter for intermittent whining about the First Amendment.