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

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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?

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