Anonymous hackers attacked Cincinnati Zoo for shooting dead Harambe the gorilla

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And now animal rights activists affiliated with Anonymous have labelled the actions of zoo workers “horrible” and “heartbreaking”.


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Twitter users linked to the ‘hactivist’ organisation have been using the hashtag #OpBeast – used by campaigners to tackle animal abuse – to criticise zoo workers.

Activists said that shooting the animal dead was “horrible”.

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Mirror Online has also been told that those who are defending the parents on social media are being targeted by hackers.

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One user claims: ‘I was hacked cause I was speaking freely about this matter. So many folks are reacting to my comments’

One Twitter user, Alonzo Washington, from Kansas City, Kansas, claimed the parents had been unfairly targeted in the fallout from the incident.

But after having become involved in a heated debate about the issue, he claims his Twitter account was taken down and was denied internet access for an hour.

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Thane Maynard, Executive Director of the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens
Thane Maynard, Executive Director of the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens says his workers have done nothing wrong

He told the Mirror: “Someone was trying to take over my Twitter and I had to send a special message to Twitter to get my account back.


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“I was hacked cause I was speaking freely about this matter. So many folks are reacting to my comments.

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“It’s pretty crazy.”

Hackers have previously targeted Cincinnati Zoo .

A Facebook page for the zoo began posting suspicious messages on its feed in November 2014.

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The perpetrators were never identified, however it is thought that the hack was the work of animal rights activists.

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Harambe the gorilla
Harambe the gorilla is seen with the boy moments before being shot

Cincinnati Zoo ‘s official Twitter account wrote at the time: “We are aware that our Facebook page has been hacked and we’re not having any luck with support.


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“Any suggestions?”

Last night City of Cincinnati Police confirmed for the first time in an official statement that the parents of little Isaiah Dickerson could be prosecuted over the incident.

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A vigil was held for the endangered animal

A statement said: “Consistent with the department policies, the Cincinnati Police Department Personal Crimes Unit is closely reviewing the facts and circumstances that led to a four-year-old boy falling into the Gorilla World enclosure at Cincinnati Zoo on Saturday May 28th, 2016.

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Harambe the gorilla as a baby at Gladys Porter Zoo before being relocated to Cincinnati Zoo
Harambe the gorilla as a baby at Gladys Porter Zoo before being relocated to Cincinnati Zoo

“An update will be provided as soon as possible.

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“This review is only regarding the actions of the parents/family that led up to the incident and not related to the operation or safety of the Cincinnati Zoo .”


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