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Laura Coates is a CNN legal analyst. She is a former assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia and trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. Follow her on Twitter: @thelauracoates. The views expressed are her own.
(CNN)When I hear people are reeling over the death of Harambe, the gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo, I am reminded of the overwhelming level of interest and empathy I so often saw in cases involving nonhuman victims.