When I heard about the little boy who had fallen into the gorilla enclosure in Cincinnati, I was fascinated just like everyone else. Maybe it's because I recall the hazards of raising two quick, mischievous preschoolers of my own just a few years ago.
Instead of seeking justice for Harambe, or improving zoo policies or exhibit design, we should first ask what, precisely, are we conserving in zoos? In my view, we are perpetuating an outmoded worldview rooted in colonialism.
Dear Internet, I implore you... Please, put down your pitchforks. Even if the mom in question, was guilty of taking her eye off her child for a second, I believe the trauma of the incident and the incredible public backlash was more than enough punishment.