by Temerity Forthright
The firestorm over the killing of a Lowland Gorilla named Harambe at the Cincinnati Zoo to save the life of a small child has reached a fever pitch. The decision to shoot the gorilla instead of tranquilizing it has been brought into question, since the Lowland Gorilla is an endangered species. The gorilla was shot by the zoo’s Dangerous Animal Response Team after a 4-year-old boy crawled through the barriers and fell into the enclosure.
The tragic event has exploded into a vigilante-style movement with people calling for zoo officials to be fired and the boy’s parents to be held accountable. There’s even an online petition by change.org called “Justice for Harambe” demanding an investigation of the home-life of the child. The website garnered more than 100,000 petition signatures in the first 48 hours and currently has over 350,000 of the 500,000 signatures the organizer says she needs.
All this outrage over a split-second decision to save one child’s life.
Where was the outrage when 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee was lured into a Chicago alley and shot execution-style last November? According to The Chicago Reporter, half of Chicago’s homicide victims from 2008 to 2012 – or 1,118 people – were under the age of 25, many of them were under age 18. Where was the outrage?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that between 2002 and 2011 more than 9,000 children aged 12 and younger were killed in car accidents. And to make matters worse, one-third of the children killed were not wearing seat belts! Where was the outrage?
The Child Trends Data Bank Report on Infant Homicide drew research from multiple sources to find that in the United States murder accounts for 1 in 5 injury-related deaths among infants under one year of age.
Where is the outrage when convicted child rapists and murderers who are repeat offenders are released from prison?
The CDC’s Division of Reproductive Health reports that in 2011 there were nearly 700,000 abortions. Fetuses are aborted every day, but somehow the resulting deaths of babies are mitigated when the word “rights” is included with the word abortion.
What misplaced outrage for a gorilla! It’s easy for progressive liberals to hurl their angst and vitriol at an issue to deflect justifiable anger from the real issues. Children are killed every day – but where is the outrage and indignation?
How is the life of that one Lowland Gorilla held in captivity in a zoo worth more than the life of that one child? Do gorilla lives matter more than children’s lives?
If you care about the well-being of animals – and who doesn’t – why not take up a cause that matters? Cats and dogs are put down in shelters every day – but why won’t people get their pets spayed and neutered?
There are so many pressing issues in America on which we should focus – so many problems in which we should invest our time and money. The death of an endangered gorilla, while sad, pales in comparison to the tragedy had that 4-year-old boy been killed.
Our priorities are all screwed up. All lives matter, but human lives take priority over animal lives.