I was on an elliptical over the weekend when I first saw the headline and I had to change the channel immediately. All I saw was “killing” and “gorilla” and I didn’t know in that moment if the report was referring to Harambe or the child who had somehow snuck into the zoo enclosure.
It didn’t matter; I didn’t want to see the killing of an animal anymore than that of a young boy and I couldn’t believe someone had actually caught footage of a living being’s final moments.
All weekend, I thought about the unbelievably sad news and watched as mobs of people became incensed with fury, anger, and bullshit rhetoric.
“That mother should be killed.”
“Put her in child protective services.”
“Humans > animals.”
“That gorilla deserved to die.”
I’ll be honest—all of it made me sick to my stomach.
There is no good, no resolution, no way to end or undo the sadness… but I felt I needed to weigh in, even though this all pains me to even type. I’m not a confrontational person, as you probably all know. But I keep thinking about a song that seems very fitting in this situation in particular and so I wanted to share the song, and the lyrics in particular, with you.
Have you ever visited a zoo?
Have you ever had to make a quick decision that turned out to be the wrong one?
Have you ever lost sight of your child for just a fraction of a second?
Do you donate your time and efforts to wildlife conservation?
Have you ever built something that turned out to be faulty?
Are you a vegetarian?
Frankly, I don’t care how you answer these questions, but why don’t we use this opportunity to do something good. Stop shitting on this mother who has been receiving death threats. Stop saying that animals have less of a right to exist on this planet than we do. Stop finger pointing; we are all to blame, and we all have blood on our hands.
Basta. Rant over.