Whose fault? Gorilla shot dead to save a child who fell into the Exhibit

Praja means one who has taken birth in the state, and this includes both men and animals. Any living being who takes birth in a state has the primary right to live under the protection of the king. The jungle animals are also subject to the king, and they also have a right to live.

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Are humans the only important creatures on the planet? That’s what they seem to think. Looks like they have taken it for granted that animals like Gorilla are meant only for entertainment and cruel experiments. The question is not whether their thinking is right or wrong; it is wrong. The question is, whether humans have the right to kill other creatures at their will.

They don’t.

But they do.

It was not the fault of a Gorilla who got shot dead for injuring a child who fell into the exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo. Whose fault it was is a debatable question and let the investigators reply it. What is more important is the fact that it was certainly not the Gorilla’s fault. Then why was he killed? Obviously the child had to be saved, but what made the child fall in that Gorilla’s hands is a question that needs to be answered by concerned authorities.

“A gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo was shot dead Saturday after it grabbed and dragged around a four-year-old boy who had fallen into its enclosure, officials said. The child was treated for serious but non-life threatening injuries after he had crawled through a barrier and fell about 12 feet into the gorilla’s exhibit, where he was “violently” dragged and thrown around, The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Cincinnati Zoo President Thane Maynard said its 17-year-old male western lowland gorilla, Harambe, posed a danger to the child because of its 400-pound size and strength.

“The choice was made to put down, or shoot, Harambe, so he’s gone,” Maynard said, according to the Enquirer. “We’ve never had a situation like this at the Cincinnati Zoo where a dangerous animal needed to be dispatched in an emergency situation.”” (Source http://time.com/4351482/gorilla-cincinnati-zoo-shot-boy/)

This is not the first time that an animal is killed to save a human being who ended up in the Zoo with the animal. This time is a Gorilla, in the past it was some other animal. First of all they mess around with animals’ freedom, torture them at will, and then kill them when the animal injures them! What kind of justice is this?

“Praja means one who has taken birth in the state, and this includes both men and animals. Any living being who takes birth in a state has the primary right to live under the protection of the king. The jungle animals are also subject to the king, and they also have a right to live.” (Srila Prabhupada S.B. 1.17.11 purport)

Instead, misusing their intelligence human beings have got into practice of capturing Gorillas and other wild animals and lock them up in the Zoo. Killing an animal to save a human being may sound reasonable only so far we don’t take into consideration as to why, in the fist place, humans have to capture animals from jungles and why humans have to invade their areas of natural residence. What do you think?