The baby born to lowland gorilla Kumbuka at Zoo Miami on Father's Day has died of unknown causes. The grieving mother refused to turn her infant's body over to zookeepers, who had to immobilize her in order to retrieve the body.
When looking at a photo like the one above of Kumbuka and her baby, how could anyone believe that human beings are in a class by themselves or that there is any meaningful difference between this mother and child and a human mother and child? "Only conceit and hair separate us from the other animals," says PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk.
The deep mother-child bond is one that crosses the species barrier. How is it justifiable, then, for industries to tear families apart in order to use animals for entertainment, clothing, food, or experimentation?
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Don't break a mother's heart—help keep families together by not supporting companies that tear baby apes away from their mothers and force them to perform in commercials or circuses that steal baby elephants from their families and beat them into submission.
Written by Michelle Sherrow