I’m working on a long-form project which involves gorillas (I’m not really able to say more at this point), and during my research I was reminded of this.
Gorillas are gentle, shy creatures who would almost always rather run than fight, and they’re some of our closest relatives in the world; we know they’re intelligent, on the very borderline of human intelligence. There is no reason to kill them; mountain gorillas aren’t even good bushmeat. This is the work of some asshole or assholes with guns who couldn’t think of anything better to do with their time than slaughter some gorillas.
This makes me so angry I have trouble expressing it.