Thursday, June 2, 2016

This Week's Animal Cruelty Report is a special one for and about the death of 'Harambe'!

Fundamentally speaking here, no animals and nothing from our wildlife should ever be taken from its own natural environment for human entertainment and for any private company (or public entity) to make money.

With that said, no animal and nothing from our wildlife should be killed for the sake of being killed in general, let alone because of a mistake made by humans. I hear stories about animals being euthanized because it bit a human and in this case at the Cincinnati Zoo where a human enters the area where a Gorilla is caged up, and because of human neglect or just because of a mistake, it should not be shot dead because of it.

There is nothing right about what went down and that Gorilla did not deserve to be killed because a human with a brain, kid or adult, happened to wander in its cage. If a child found a way to crawl or fall into a cage with an animal meant to live in the wild, there is neglect by the Zoo. There should be safety measures taken and set up to make certain this never happens.

But again and fundamentally, there should be no zoo's. At the very least (or most depending on how look at it), if humans need to see these beings in any way, it should be done in its own habitat and every human can work a job to make money to travel to South East Asia or to Africa to be driven in areas to view them in its own environment. Or and considering that we have been enslaving and caging up animals and wildlife beings for decades now, there should be sanctuaries set up to replace zoos and circuses. Then, we can do the same things they do in Africa and in South East Asia that I just mentioned where humans can be driven on what are a huge acreages of land to see any animal and any wildlife being live a normal life.

These are accessible and attending zoo's and circuses are weak. It is not real. Besides, what thrill does a human get when it sees an Elephant stand up on two feet or to watch a monkey dance or to see a Lion and a Dolphin for that matter, jump through a hoop. Whoop dee doo Batman. Is that fun? That is fun for people? Even if its fun for humans with brains, the gratification of it lasts 30 seconds time. Is that worth taking animals from its own environments? How is that fun? How is that more fun than going on a boat cruse to see Dolphins swim with its pods jumping out and in the water in bulks of hundreds at a time? That's a real thrill. Or, how about seeing a Giraffe or a Gorilla or an Elephant, Lion, Tiger and anything that lives in the wild, roam in a huge field? Hell, most approach humans anyway because they are inquisitive.

These beings are not into being caged up and nor are they into performing for us simple minded humans. It is honestly very much odd behavior if a human with a brain gets a thrill out of seeing animals and wildlife that way, as opposed to seeing them in their own environments.

The other thing is which I know is not based on any science besides social science, is that has there ever been a case where a Gorilla harmed a human at say a Zoo or anywhere? All I know is the footage of how they have protected kids and whatnot, that have entered their cages. I assume in the wild life there must be some cases where humans have been attacked by Gorillas or have there been? I don't know of any reports along those lines. Conversely, I have seen the Caught On Camera episode where a Gorilla actually protects a kid that fell into its cage and was actually knocked out too.

BTW, I heard that Rush Limbaugh the Radio Host ask his audience 'How Come Harambe Is Still an Ape?' and that "if we were the original apes, then how come Harambe is still an ape, and how come he didn’t become one of us?” Limbaugh asked that or phrased that sentence on Tuesday's show. ( But then again, he and many others are the same types of people that jumped all over the 'Global Warming' phrase telling us how cold it is outside. Same with them using the 'Gun Control' phrase insinuating how we want to take away their guns which is why we had to change both to them being 'Climate Change' and 'Gun safety' phrases accordingly.

Anyway, I am glad to see the uproar about what had gone down last week with Harambe. Hundreds of thousands of people around the world are taking action after news spread that this endangered gorilla living at the Cincinnati Zoo, was shot and killed by zoo officials when that child I speak about here climbed into the zoo’s gorilla exhibit.

Jane Goodall Responds to Harambe’s Death: ‘It Looked as Though the Gorilla Was Putting an Arm Around the Child’.

The Jane Goodall Institute is sharing an email the famed primatologist sent to Thane Maynard, director of the Cincinnati Zoo, following the death of Harambe.

On Saturday, the 17-year-old Western lowland silverback gorilla was shot and killed after a 4-year-old boy fell 15 feet from the railing of the animal's exhibit and into the enclosure. Video shows Harambe grabbing the child and taking him around the enclosure while onlookers, including the boy's mother, watched in horror and screamed at the primate and young child.

“The idea of waiting and shooting it with a hypodermic was not a good idea,” Maynard said at a press conference Monday, as to why the zoo chose to shoot the animal with bullets instead of tranquilizer darts. “That would have definitely created alarm in the male gorilla. When you dart an animal, anesthetic doesn’t work in one second, it works over a period of a few minutes to 10 minutes. The risk was due to the power of that animal.”

Click to see the video footage of it.

In her email to the director — starting with “Dear Thane”— on Harambe's death, Goodall says, “I feel so sorry for you, having to try to defend something which you may well disapprove of.”

And while Maynard has defended the actions taken by the zoo, stating they were necessary because the powerful animal was “acting erratically” and was “disoriented,” Goodall's email seems to suggest there could've been an alternative. 

“It looked as though the gorilla was putting an arm round the child — like the female who rescued and returned the child from the Chicago exhibit,” she writes. 

Goodall is most likely referring to Binti Jua, a female gorilla at the Brookfield Zoo, who, in 1996, picked up and cradled a child who fell into her enclosure, ultimately delivering the boy to keepers waiting at the exhibit's service door.

Director of the Yerkes National Primate Research Living Links Center at Emory University and fellow primatologist Frans de Waal also stated that he noticed a lack of violence in the animal's action, writing on Facebook: “Harambe was mostly protective. He showed a combination of protection and confusion. He stood over the child, held him up, moved/dragged him through the water (at least once very roughly), stood over him again. Much of his reaction may have been triggered by public noise and yelling.”

Click to see the video footage of it.

Goodall does not explore the issue any further, instead changing subjects and asking how the other gorillas living with Harambe have reacted to the animal's death. As extremely social creatures, gorillas have been known to mourn the loss of other gorillas close to them.

“Are they allowed to see, and express grief, which seems to be so important,” she asks before ending her email with the signature, “Feeling for you.”

When asked for more commentary, The Jane Goodall Institute replied that both the Institute and Jane Goodall are currently refraining from making additional statements outside the email.

Below are a few of the petitions started this past weekend.
Ask the Cincinnati Zoo to let their Gorillas go to a Sanctuary
Ask the Cincinnati Zoo to let their Gorillas go to a Sanctuary

On May 28th, the Cincinnati Zoo shot dead a 17-year-old Gorilla named Harambe. This was after a parent lost track of their child and he jumped into the Gorilla's enclosure. Harambe gently held the child, appearing to protect him from the screams of the humans. But that was not enough as zoo staff shot him. 

Harambe's rights were violated long before his tragic death

Gorillas are endangered animals, but zoos do not breed them to be released to the wild. Their role is minimal to none in conservation and education. Zoos are entertainment facilities where mainly parents go to entertain their kids for an hour or two.

A wild animal that may pose a threat to the public should not be held captive in a zoo where incidents like this can happen. Zoos are made for viewing pleasure and if a curious visitor is determined to get past security measures, they can. As in this case, the poor design of the facility allowed the child to bypass the railing and fall into the Gorilla pit.

This was not the first time this particular zoos saftey has been questioned. 

March 2016- 2 polar bears escape

March 1990 - Polar bear attacks keeper, tears off her hand

Please ask the Cincinnati zoo to release their remaining great apes to sanctuary and to close their Gorilla exhibit for the safety of the public and the animals.

READ : Is there Educational Value Viewing Animals in Captivity?

Support "Harambe's Law", for the gorilla killed in Cincinnati
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. 

Working with these individual gorillas on a daily basis as to educate the public and all four sub-species; Western Lowland, Cross River, Mountain and Eastern Lowland, on their lives, their needs, their plights and the importance of respecting and preserving them, has been at the center of my work.  There certainly are laws to protect them in the wild, but we also need to have laws protecting them from negligence of the public visitors.  Please help us to ensure that the tragedy that happened in Cincinnati, never happens again, and if it does, the person and or persons will be held responsible.  

This is not the first time that this has happened in the gorilla world, it happened on August 31, 1986 at the Durrell Wildlie Park and again on August 16, 1996 at the Brookfield Zoo.  In these two cases the gorilla's were not killed and both of the children were rescued.  It is too late to save Harambe, but we can protect not only the people that come to see these animals, but need to protect the animals themselves. 

This petition will be delivered to: State Representative, Denise Driehaus and to State Senator, Cecil Thomas

Petitioning State Representative Denise Driehaus, State Senator Cecil Thomas
Support "Harambe's Law" for the gorilla killed in Cincinnati
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...
Annie Gutierrez
146,683 supporters

Petitioning Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens
Make a memorial for Harambe
I'm sure many of us believe what happened was unjust and something needs to be done. Having a memorial in Harambe's name would bring some peace to the situation but we will never get our amazing Silver back Lowland Gorilla back.
Jordan Davis
4,648 supporters

Petitioning Thayne Maynard Zoo Director Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden and one other
Justice for Harambe
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...
Sheila Hurt
413,810 supporters

Petitioning Association of Zoos and Aquariums
Safer conditions for animals confined in zoos
Harambe was murdered on May 28 when a 4 yr old boy was not properly supervised. Yes I am glad the child is ok but Harambe should not have been MURDERED like he was. Harambe is not the only animal...
Kim Isham
4,960 supporters

Last week an endangered gorilla, affectionately named Harambe, was shot and killed after a child fell into his exhibit at the Cincinnati zoo. Videos show Harambe was protecting the child, not harming him, and killing the gorilla was unnecessary and beyond cruel. Please take action to hold the zoo and its director accountable to this tragedy. 
USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

We believe that the Cincinnati zoo showed extreme and unnecessary force and violence when they killed an endangered gorilla at the zoo in the last week of May.

As the regulating body for national zoos we demand that you take the following steps: 
1. significantly fine the Cincinnati zoo for their actions
2. develop more humane protocols for zoos across the country that not only protect people that may be in direct contact with animals, but most importantly the animals impacted by these irresponsible actions
3. immediately call for the resignation of Cincinnati Zoo Director Thane Maynard, who continues to defend these over-aggressive measures that lead to an endangered gorilla's death.
Thanks you for your immediate action on this matter.

Demand Apology From Zoo for Endangered Gorilla’s Death.
Gorilla by Brocken Inaglory
Target: Thane Maynard, Cincinnati Zoo President
Goal: Make reparations for death of critically endangered gorilla by implementing protections to prevent additional tragedies.
A critically endangered Western lowland gorilla, Harambe, was shot and killed by zookeepers at the Cincinnati Zoo following an incident in which an unattended child fell into the animal’s habitat. Zoo president Thane Maynard admitted that the child “was not under attack,” but that the gorilla was killed because the child was “at risk.” Many have demanded to know why the animal was not shot with a tranquilizer, a response that could have removed the child from potential danger while preserving the life of the gorilla. Zoo officials have failed to offer an acceptable explanation.
Western lowland gorillas are broadly categorized as critically endangered, with an estimated 125,000 living in the world today. That the survival and well-being of every gorilla is of crucial importance to the future of the species as a whole makes the killing of Harambe even more incomprehensible. Worse, the senseless death of this particular animal will almost certainly engender negative impacts on the other gorillas in his family structure.
The Cincinnati Zoo acted rashly in its killing of Harambe, and action must be taken to ensure that additional tragedies do not occur. Though no action on the part of the zoo could ever make up for this animal’s lost life, future steps for the zoo should include an apology, reparations in the form of a sizeable contribution to a dedicated gorilla conservation group, and the institution of safety measures to prevent future accidents of this type. Demand that the Cincinnati Zoo hold themselves accountable for this irreversible, tragic error.
Dear Zoo President Thane Maynard,
We are shocked and appalled at the death of Harambe, the critically endangered Western lowland gorilla that lived for years at the Cincinnati Zoo. Though we understand that responders were concerned for the child’s safety, it is outrageous that persons with such responsibilities as this job requires were not properly equipped to respond without resorting to deadly force. Had the animal been shot with a tranquilizer dart, the child would have been removed from danger and the animal would still be living.
We, the undersigned, understand that every gorilla’s life is sacred and crucial to the survival of the species as a whole, and we know that Harambe’s death will likely negatively impact his family group. We ask that you hold yourselves accountable for Harambe’s death by committing to a public apology and sizeable donation to a committed gorilla conservation group. We hope that you will also implement an extensive safety plan to prevent future accidents of the kind that resulted in this senseless killing.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Brocken Inaglory
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Gorilla killed: Gorillas have a history of protecting kids who fall into zoo enclosures
Astonishing new footage shows gorilla 'PROTECTING' boy and holding his hand before being shot dead. Cincinnati Zoo workers shot dead Harambe, a 17-year-old silverback gorilla, out of fear that he would hurt Isaiah Dickerson - but latest footage suggests he was NOT in danger. Click here to read this part of the story and to see that footage!