When Harambe got hold of the boy, things became extremely serious, extremely quickly and a decision had to be made - who lives? Animal or boy? This is a very complicated decision which had to be made in a matter of moments.
First off is the danger to the boy. Some say the boy was in no danger at all; Harambe was merely protecting the boy. But is that true for the moment? Or might it suddenly change at any time? How will we be able to separate the two? What could happen to the boy? Being a lowland Gorilla, he is also capable of ripping that boy to pieces in seconds.
As for Harambe, he is one of a very few lowland Gorillas; a highly protected species. His loss means a lot to a lot of people - and even his own species, as he was useful in breeding programs. So what's the right decision? Animal or boy?
The Christian perspective is clear - the boy lives. The only way zookeepers could safely separate the two and allow the boy to live would be to kill the gorilla - and so they did. God made man in His image. Man is the most important of all creation to God. Man has a soul. Animals were meant for man, not man for the animal. The sanctity of human life is at stake here.
Unfortunately, the rejection of God in the lives of millions has resulted in great animosity toward the parents and the zookeepers who took the life of the gorilla. Their confused values which resulted from their rejection of God would have them wish for the parents to be shot, the boy to die, and the gorilla to live. Their vile comments and hateful hearts reveal that they neither know God nor care to be kind to their fellow human beings. Had that boy been the son of any of the others, I'm sure their tunes would change.
It's time to let the matter rest, comfort the parents and the zookeepers, and stop the violent, hateful speech that is fomenting in our hearts. Most importantly, it's time to grieve - for all of us, believer and unbeliever. The events of that day were tragic - no matter whether the animal or boy were to die. When that young boy slipped away from his parents, the tragedy began. It couldn't end any other way than tragically. Animal lovers, zookeepers, and likely even the parents grieve the loss of the Gorilla. Had the Gorilla ripped apart the young boy, grief would also ensue. Let's bring healing to the situation, not hate. And let's agree that human life is infinitely more valuable than animal. It could one day be you or your child. You would definitely agree then.