Essay on The Ethics Of The Gorilla

1955 Words May 31st, 2016 null Page
If you 're on social media then I 'm sure you 've recently witnessed the controversy surrounding the death of A 17-year-old gorilla named Harambe. He was shot and killed after a 3-year-old boy fell in his enclosure. This supposedly happened when the mother was snapping a picture for a split second; he got away, ran in, and fell in the enclosure. Though the gorilla appeared to be gentle at first, it was reported that the gorilla became agitated by the onlookers who were screaming; consequently, he started aggressively dragging the little boy through some water which surrounded the enclosure. This horrific event continued for about ten minutes. Though the gorilla might not have meant harm, he certainly was handling the boy in a way that could have harmed him. It wouldn 't have been very difficult for a 400-pound gorilla to harm a 40-pound-child, even unintentionally. After about 10 minutes of the gorilla dragging him back and forth, it was decided that the best decision was to shoot the gorilla. The reasoning behind this decision is the fear that if they tranquilized the gorilla, it wouldn 't have taken effect quickly enough and could have caused a surge of adrenaline in the gorilla, subsequently increasing his already agitated state. They feared his agitated state could have escalated quickly and proved to be fatal in a variety of ways. Unfortunately, they shot and killed the gorilla who was more than likely responding in confusion rather than in aggression, who was simply…

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