I was saddened and angered at the news of Harambe, the gorilla's death at the Ohio Zoo. While I have never really given it much thought, the cruelty of zoos is now made blatantly clear. Even worse is the cruelty of mankind.
The bible says that the Lord gave us dominion over all the earth obviously including animals. I can only wonder at what stage that came to mean that mankind as a species had the right to abuse all other species on this planet.
Can we begin to count how many species we are responsible for the extinction of? Do we believe that because animals and any other creatures cannot speak English, that makes us superior to them? Why is it that other species can co-exist with other species in the wild and we as mankind cannot do so? As a species we take all that we can.
Our population growth globally results in us taking more and more land from nature. And where we experience resistance due to the fact that we are destroying other species habitats, we then say that those species are a threat to us. How arrogant can a species be? We destroy nature because of greed and commerce.
I never really took issue with zoos when I was younger but I was always saddened at seeing animals in cages. It is always quite obvious when a zoo is struggling financially as well. I would be saddened by the fact that people did not care enough to support zoos with enough visits to keep them functioning properly. This does not go for all zoos but nevertheless there are many which struggle.
But the murder of Harambe by the very people who should protect him in a facility built to protect him and provide a peaceful and safe home is unacceptable. It's as unacceptable as animal testing and experimentation and poaching.
Harambe's murder makes it perfectly clear just how we lie to our children and ourselves about the purpose of zoos. Harambe's murder has simply demonstrated that even in a zoo, a "sanctuary" for animals removed from their habitat, they are as expendable as their environment we destroy with arrogance.
I now stand with all those who call for closure of zoos. We have destroyed animals habitats and continue to do so. To soothe our conscience we put the animals in zoos and say we are protecting them. But if we really wanted to protect them we would leave their habitats and environments intact. We believe it is a great facility to take our children to see animals which they wouldn't normally see. We believe it is educational. So we educate our children that it is right to keep animals caged in an environment because it is educational and entertaining. We conveniently forget to teach our children that we cage the animals so that they will be safe from those of us destroying their environment so we can live life with often unnecessary comforts.
Many zoos struggle financially to keep afloat. They do not even make enough money to donate to any funds to causes such as preservation of the animals original habitat.
The news has been silent on what happened to the parents of the child that fell into Harambe's enclosure and even what the repercussions for them will be. I can only imagine that there will be no repercussions. After all justice was done wasn't it?
I can only take comfort in knowing that Harambe is in a better, happier and kinder place now.
Rest in Peace Harambe. We love you always.