TOLEDO, OH (FOX19) - The editorial board of the Toledo Blade has called for the boycott of all things Cincinnati in response to the incident at the Cincinnati Zoo that killed an endangered silverback gorilla.
The column, published by the editorial board on Wednesday, calls for the firing of Cincinnati Zoo Director Thane Maynard. The Blade claims that Zoo officials misjudged the gorilla's actions and zoo officials could have used a tranquilizer dart.
The editorial has asked Toledoans to boycott the Cincinnati Zoo and all things Cincinnati including "its poorly performing baseball team."
Maynard said in a news conference this week that the zoo stands by the decision and would make the same call if needed. He went on to say the gorilla was "clearly agitated" and "clearly disorientated." After the decision, zoo officials said a tranquilizer would not have taken effect immediately.
Cell phone video shows the 17-year-old gorilla dragging the three-year-old boy through the water after the boy fell into the gorilla enclosure.
The editor's at the Toledo Blade said a proper tranquilizer dart would have put the gorilla down quickly.
"Mr. Maynard should also be fired because he refuses to have second thoughts and consider how he could have done things differently," the article state. "The very least we can ask of someone who exacts such a toll from a bad decision is that he be willing to learn."
The Cincinnati Zoo announced on Thursday that it is bulking up barriers at Gorilla World and plans to reopen to the public on June 7.