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Animal rights activists continued to protest Monday over the death
of a gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo who was fatally shot so authorities
could rescue a child who had fallen into the animal's enclosure.
A change.org petition called for the parents of
the 3-year-old boy to be held responsible for the death of Harambe, a
17-year-old male Western lowland silverback gorilla.
The petition had garnered more than 138,000
signatures by Monday afternoon. Cincinnati police, however, said they
had no intention of charging the family because they don't believe a
crime was committed.
Meanwhile, mourners attended a vigil for the ape, and the hashtag #JusticeForHarambe trended on Facebook.
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PETITION A SIGNER ICI
A sad incident at the Cincinnati Zoo has prompted this petition. On May
28, 2016 an unattended four year-old boy was able to crawl through a
series of barriers at the Gorilla World enclosure. The child fell an
estimated 10 to 12 feet into the moat surrounding the habitat. The 17
year-old male Western Lowland Gorilla named Harambe then got a hold of
the boy. The gorilla was perceived as dragging and throwing the boy. The
zoo made the last-resort decision to shoot Harambe because of the
increased risk of aggression if a tranquilizer was used in such close
proximity to a human. This heartbreaking decision was made in the best
interests of keeping the child and the public safe.This beautiful
gorilla lost his life because the boy's parents did not keep a closer
watch on the child. We the undersigned believe that the child would not
have been able to enter the enclosure under proper parental supervision.
Witnesses claim that they heard the child state that he wished to go
into the enclosure and was actively trying to breach the barriers. This
should have prompted the parents to immediately remove the child from
the vicinity. It is believed that the situation was caused by parental
negligence and the zoo is not responsible for the child's injuries and
possible trauma.We the undersigned want the parents to be held
accountable for the lack of supervision and negligence that caused
Harambe to lose his life. We the undersigned feel the child's safety is
paramount in this situation. We believe that this negligence may be
reflective of the child's home situation. We the undersigned 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.Please sign this petition to encourage the Cincinnati Zoo,
Hamilton County Child Protection Services, and Cincinnati Police
Department hold the parents responsible.