Harambe face swap

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This weekend, a gorilla was shot at a zoo after a little boy fell into its enclosure. Everyone got really angry. Angry at the parents, angry at the zoo, angry at the regulations, and angry about the system that puts wild animals in captivity for our amusement and education. The level of outrage is similar to that created around the killing of Cecil the lion last year.

As is the abject pointlessness of it. Drew to talk about lion hunting , and yesterday, I did the same to discuss the gorilla. It was more like shouting, arguing, and generally making a lot of noise on camera, in front of millions of viewers.

You see, talk shows are a lot like Internet comments sections. Who am I to be shouting at other people on television about lions and gorillas? Well, no one really. I was only vaguely aware of the story, having just returned from a three-day camping trip the night before. So I ed animal behavior scientist Marc Bekoff for some input. You can read his complete thoughts here , but the gist is:. Moving forward, caretakers, who are responsible for the day-to-day well-being of the zoo's residents and who form personal relationships with them, must be involved in preparing for emergency situations such as this.

They also could well be the people who could communicate the animal out of danger so it could be a win-win for all involved. Harambe, like all other gorillas and numerous other zoo-ed animals, are highly intelligent and emotional beings who depend on us to respect and value their cognitive capacities that could well be put to use in potentially dangerous situations.

Clearly, knowing about the behavior of each animal, as an individual with a unique personality, is essential for the well-being of every captive being. A famous lion was killed by a hunter. A famous gorilla was shot by a zoo. Like the circus, or an amusement park, a zoo is a place parents take children so they can have fun, eat some cotton candy, throw a temper tantrum, and buy some stuffed animals. What would a prosecution achieve, anyway? But they had to act to protect the child, and they had to make a split-second decision between two bad options.

Ultimately, they did succeed in rescuing the child unharmed, so that decision must have been the right one. Hopefully this incident does enable us to have a discussion about pursuing better, non-lethal emergency response options at zoos, but the fact is none were available in Cincinnati this weekend. You're angry about inadequate barriers: The zoo argues that they passed federal regulations and inspection, and in their 38 year's of keeping people away from the gorillas, this was the first time they failed. That seems pretty reasonable, especially considering the need to balance visibility—you are there to see the animals after all—with protection.

Drew, while I was shouting at him, zoos are responsible for igniting a passion for animal conservation in the young, and contribute a massive amount of money to conservation efforts in the wild. Nature reserves? Zoos help pay for those. Wild animals like gorillas are dependent on zoo money for their survival. The trouble is, all this anger adds up, and can negatively effect things related to animal conservation. Will anger at zoos reduce attendance this summer? Will this reduced attendance lower the amount of money raised for conservation?

Past experience suggests that misdirected anger will actually harm conservation efforts. Last year, everyone got really angry about that dentist killing that lion. He got death threats, people vandalized his home and office, airlines announced that the marketing value of banning trophies as air freight outweighed the lost luggage fees, and the EU considered banning big game trophies, full stop. So lions are safer now, right? Wildlife populations in Zimbabwe have been in steep decline since , when Robert Mugabe began seizing private land in the country, much of which had been private hunting reserves.

Management of the wildlife in that conservancy is largely funded by visiting hunters, but this year, hunters have been staying away, wary of the hashtag stigma. And now up to of those lions may need to be culled as a result. The European Union recently voted against an outright ban on importing hunting trophies from Africa that had been garnering popular support, post-Cecil.

The Netherlands just banned the import of trophies taken from most African species , effectively stopping its citizens from hunting in Africa. Why is that bad? This fund pays for black rhino conservation projects approved by the fund's board, such as law enforcement and anti poaching units, community benefits and surveys.

That money incentivizes private land owners to use their land as wildlife habitat instead of farming, and turns wildlife into a profitable commodity, leading to both its protection, and recovery. All your CecilTheLion outrage put that proven, successful system in jeopardy, without providing an alternative. Will the same happen to zoos after Harambe?

You can about the conservation realities of African trophy hunting here. I ask that you please do take the time to read it before you fly down to the comments section to tell me what a terrible human being I am. Have people been motivated by the tragic loss of Cecil to replace proceeds from trophy hunting with charitable giving? But while that money will be put to good use, it doesn't address poaching, or habitat loss the two biggest challenges lion populations face. And a one-time spike in giving, spent on research in a National Park, doesn't replace lost revenue elsewhere.

Overall, charitable giving to conservation efforts has continued to grow at its usual pace , with no marked influence created by the Cecil tragedy. The World Wildlife Fund's annual revenue increased by a smaller amount in , than it did in , during the midst of the recession. Established supporters of conservation efforts—in Cecil's case private game reserves, in Harambe's zoo funding of protected wildlife areas—still represent an important economic lifeline to these species. What will all your anger at the parents, the zoo, and the system achieve?

And, as with Cecil, it may even hurt gorilla conservation efforts. There are less than , gorillas left in the wild. The species is under massive pressure from habitat loss, disease, and poaching. The WWF and other charities are tackling all three issues, while also developing eco-tourism opportunities that can not only further raise funds for gorilla conservation, but also educate and impassion visitors about the species. They deserve our support, and hopefully that support can be more than a one-time spike. Rather than a ridiculous C hange.

At the time of writing, this wrong-headed petition has garnered over , atures. Search Search. A gorilla at the San Francisco Zoo. Angela N. Twitter Icon. You can read his complete thoughts here , but the gist is: Moving forward, caretakers, who are responsible for the day-to-day well-being of the zoo's residents and who form personal relationships with them, must be involved in preparing for emergency situations such as this.

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Gary Clement on the aftermath of the death of Harambe the gorilla