Gone to the Gorillas

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7 Responses

  1. Bob Miller says:

    We are fully justified in killing a gorilla to save a human child. Gorillas who object should comment here. Parents can only do so much to protect little kids. I suggest that the activists are going after these parents not out of any real concern for children (do the activists oppose abortion??) but out of a twisted desire to deny mankind’s superior status.

  2. DF says:

    Its not all of society, but it is a significant percentage of it. Mostly it is younger people, the type of people who comment on youtube videos and sign online petitions. Such individuals, sadly, have no moral compass whatsoever. Fifty years of Godlessness in the public schools will do that to a generation.

    It is interesting that this segment of society seems to value animals over men. Of course, as R. Wein has noted, some people understand Hoshea to be making the same lament when he said (13:12)  זובחי אדם עגלים ישקון (“they kill men but kiss the calf”). It make sense for young people to feel this way, as they have been taught all their lives that everyone ELSE is important, but not them. Not exactly the way to instill a sense of pride in one’s self.  And with movies like Planet of the Apes basically telling gullible folks that apes are smarter  and more sensitive than human beings, why shouldn’t they be upset?

  3. Steve Brizel says:

    A society that mourns the loss of a gorilla and questions the fitness of the animal care team’s response and the parents of the child is a society that is in deep denial of the unique nature of man being superior to animals.

  4. Jono M says:

    I have wondered to what extent the often super-excessive concern for animal life could be attributed to the anthropomorphization of animals in children’s media – ie, cartoons, video games and even school text books.

    From the youngest of ages children are exposed at every corner to speaking, feeling ‘animals’ – often with supposedly very human character depth.

    • Shmuel says:

      You’re reminding me of something Rav Shimshon Pincus once remarked in a shiur: he lamented that media was subtly inculcating values and ideas counter to Torah hashkafah by using anthropomorphized animals as protagonists in their offerings.

  5. joel rich says:

    Perhaps the question is who should bear the cost of having to shoot the animal (and replace it)? For example, if a person unlocks a cage and walks in to the animal’s space, does he bear financial responsibility?


  6. R.B. says:

    Well, I’ll be a monkey’s uncle! As a society, we have to stop monkeying around. Its unbelievable how many people, on social media, are going ape over the shooting of Harambe. It drives me absolutely bananas. This monkey business about how apes have more value or should have more rights is disheartening. We need to get our societal priorities straight and not give in to the wishy-wishy, swinging around about human life. This is a guerilla-style attack on the values, T0rah values we hold most dear. This chest beating by PETA and other radical animal rights’ activists is sickening.

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