Was the shooting of a Cincinatti zoo gorilla, Harambe, justified? | Point/Counterpoint

The nation has been up in arms over the shooting of an endangered western lowland gorilla over Memorial Day weekend in Cincinatti.

A 4-year-old boy climbed a 3-foot fence, crossed a 4-foot grassy area and fell 15 feet into Harambe’s living area. It startled the gorilla, who began to drag the child around his living are, much like a child would drag a stuffed doll. Some are criticizing the killing of the gorilla, claiming it was too harsh.

So, we asked our debaters: Was the shooting of a Cincinatti zoo gorilla, Harambe, justified?

No, it wasn’t justified

How can the zookeeper look at himself in the morning knowing that a decision was made to kill an innocent and peaceful animal under his watch? Certainly,, I wasn’t there and neither were most of you, so it’s hard to tell if mom or dad were at fault. But killing an animal who is already taken out of his natural habitat is not justifiable.

Mark my words: The zoo will come up with proper protocol on what to do as an alternative to killing the animals if this were to happen again. And that right there will prove that this was an unjustifiable death that cannot be backed as the only thing to do. The zoo wasn’t ready for something like this to happen.

Yes, it was

It’s unfortunate that a gorilla had to die for the mistake of a young human being and the neglect of his parents, but it was necessary.

Human life is more important than an endangered gorilla’s life. The zoo and its keepers did what it had to do to save a human life. These keeps are in the profession of caring for animals and would not put them in harm’s way if they did not have to. When faced with a decision to save a young child or a gorilla, the zoo made a wise choice and saved the young boy.

Professionals like Jack Hanna and others have commended the zoo for making the right decision to take the gorilla out to save the boy. Shooting Harambe was needed at the time of the incident. Now, hopefully the zoo can do something to prevent something like this from happening again.