Wednesday, June 1, 2016

The "Correct" Decision

 In America recently, officials from a zoo in Cincinnati had to shoot and kill 450-pound gorilla named Harambe after a 4-year-old boy fell into its enclosure. Outrage in America is mounting over the death of the Western lowland silverback which is an endangered species, and police are investigating possible criminal charges in the incident.

Now I understand the outrage. The gorilla basically did nothing wrong. The fault lies strictly with the stupid kid who climbed over a meter high barrier, before falling into the moat. However between the gorilla and a 4-year-old boy, there should not be a choice. You save the boy.

Not saying it was the “right” decision, but it was the “correct” one. I don’t think the zoo did anything wrong and I don’t agree with the anger directed at the zoo or even the parents of the boy.  The fault lies with the boy and you can’t shoot the boy. The zoo officials did the only thing they could. They saved the boy's life.

Unfortunately, accidents do happen. This was an unfortunate incident for all involved and the one who paid the highest price was the one least at fault. However, two wrongs don’t make one right. Charging the parents or the zoo does not help. 

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