Here at MakeSandcastlesNotWar the main focus is spreading news to our fans about things within the entertainment industry. I find joy in writing about the latest happenings in a celebrity’s life, what new shows are premiering, movies that are released, and random PR stunts from businesses. It’s always a party in Hollywood and everyone love receiving the scoop about the world of entertainment!
Once in a while we shift away from La-La Land to read about what’s happening in the other necks of the woods. There are shocking stories happening all around this country. Some stories make us gasp at the excitement of something big, while some of them make us bow our heads in disappointment. One controversial PR nightmare has swept audiences into a rage of fury and it all happened at a zoo in Cincinnati.
So here’s the story: The 3-year-old boy slipped into the fence and fell into the gorilla exhibit at Cincinnati Zoo. A 450-pound gorilla named Harambe noticed the child fell over and came over to him. As the mother panicked over the sight of her child, the zoo keeper took charge and shot Harambe. The child climbed back into his mother’s arms and Harambe was dead, laying around her caged “habitat” created for her.
This is not the first time something like this happened. A similar event happened 20 years ago in Brookfield, Illinois in where a 3-year-old climbed through the barriers over at the Western Lowland Gorilla Pit. Binti Jua, the female gorilla in the exhibit, cradled the young boy after watching her fall. No tranquilizers or guns were used during the event and the boy returned safely into her mother’s arms. What was interesting was that no gorillas were harmed or killed during this incident.
A petition titled ‘Justice for Harambe’ was created on Change.org, calling for the parents to be charged for Harambe’s death. Over hundreds of thousands of users signed the petition and it has been spread all across the internet. Here was the message:
“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…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.”
It’s clear that sides are already being drawn up in this epic battle between man vs. animal. Celebrities have already drawn up their side on the whole issue. Famed primatologist Jane Goodall weighed in on the situation, writing an upsetting email to the zoo director the day after it happened. The blame game has been spread across different angles ever since the story spun around social media.
At the end of the day, this controversial PR nightmare has so many angles. Who is to blame for this shocking incident? The parents? The zookeeper? The bystanders wandering near the exhibit? We can’t put any blame on Harambe, since gorillas and human beings are different species. If this and the Brookfield Zoo incident were the similar, then why were two different outcomes? Have we become so dehumanized from nature that we are scared of all animals? Either way, I must say I am appalled at the outcome of the situation. This was a PR nightmare waiting to happen once Harambe was shot. The zoo should’ve thought of a better plan to an incident like this. It wasn’t necessary to exterminate another member of an endangered species. Human beings are killed by animals every year, but the damage we do towards animals pose a much bigger problem for our country. Animals of all species are not safe from the perils that human beings conjure up. The battle of man vs. nature still rages on and human beings continue to dehumanize themselves from the natural environment.