After Gorilla's Death, Petitioners Seek 'Justice For Harambe'
Petitioners say parental negligence is to blame for a 4-year-old's fall into the gorilla enclosure, resulting in the killing of the gorilla.By Lauren Stephenson | May 30, 2016
Outrage has continued to grow over the killing of a 17-year-old gorilla after a child fell into its enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo. And now, thousands are calling for the boy's parents to be held responsible.
By Monday afternoon, more than 143,000 people had signed a "Justice for Harambe" online petition calling for the zoo, law enforcement and child protective services to hold the parents responsible. The petition is just one of 13 on Change.org related to Saturday's incident.
The boy's family released a statement obtained by Newsy's partners at WCPO that said, in part: "... We extend our heartfelt thanks for the quick action by the Cincinnati Zoo staff. We know that this was a very difficult decision for them and that they are grieving the loss of their gorilla. ..."