If you haven’t heard the headline story about the child that fell into the gorilla habitat at the Cincinnati Zoo you’ve been living under a rock. Luckily the child didn’t sustain any major injuries. However, the incident resulted in the of death the 400 lb gorilla “Harambe”. The main question on everyone’s mind is, “Where were the parents at when the child got into the habitat?”. The devastating outcome of the unfortunate event has pushed some citizens to create a petition that holds negligent parties responsible for situations like this from now on. The petition states:
“In light of the recent tragedy at the Cincinnati Zoo in the death of Western Lowland Gorilla Harambe and the enormous loss of this CRITICALLY ENDANGERED animal, we would like to pass Harambe’s Law, so there are legal consequences when an endangered animal is harmed or killed due to the negligence of visitors. If this law is enacted, it will not only protect the animals, but will hold individuals accountable for actions resulting in harm or death of an animal.
No one wants to see any harm come to a human visiting the zoo, but this entire tragedy could have been avoided, had this little boy been properly supervised. It is completely negligent for any man, woman or child to enter an exhibit or restricted area at a zoo, sanctuary or wild animal park. To ensure this never happens again, we would like to enact Harambe’s Law, that if at anytime this shall occur, the negligent party and or party’s be held financially and criminally responsible for any harm and or loss to an animal, specifically when said animal is Critically Endangered.”
Many believe the petition is long over due considering this has happened before, once in 1986 then again in 1996. What do you think should happen to the parents?
Article By: Daniel “Flash” Carter // Media Credit: Youtube.com, News9.com