CANADIAN ORGANIZATIONS RESPOND TO U.S. GORILLA KILLING

May 30, 2016

By Michael Kramer

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The death of a gorilla in the United States should serve as a “teachable moment” for Canadian zoo organizations.

That’s the word from Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums organization – which  says it will be sending an advisory to its members – reminding them to be sure that   safety protocols are sound – and will protect staff and patrons.

gorilla and boy

Staff in Cincinnati shot and killed Harambe, a 17-year-old endangered lowland gorilla –  after a four-year-old boy fell into its enclosure and was dragged by the animal.

There’s been a public outcry denouncing the zoo for killing the gorilla – but officials say the decision was necessary to avoid the risk of having the giant animal crush the boy by mistake.

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