Gorillas in Captivity: What Tragedy Tells Us About Humans and Animals

The killing of Harambe, the gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo, caused uproar around the country, raising questions about the value of human vs. non-human life and whether we have the right and duty to sacrifice the life of a gorilla for the life of a child. These are questions that have been raised at various moments since 1975, when Peter Singer made "animal liberation" a subject of serious ethical consideration for scholars and activists alike. What are the issues at stake in the case of Harambe and why do we and should we care?

Speakers: Kari Weil, Michael Roth
Festival: 2016

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