Dina Manzo loves her animals, and in the wake of Harambe the gorilla being shot and killed to save a 3-year-old boy that had fallen into his enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo at the end of May, The Real Housewives of New Jersey alum wrote a lengthy Instagram post speaking out about animals held in captivity on Monday.
The post featured a photo of a monkey in captivity holding Dina's hand instead of taking a peanut she was trying to feed it. "When are people going to understand that their lives matter too? They feel and understand just like us humans," she said. "I am all for institutions that preserve and keep the endangered species alive. But I think the days we pay money to oogle at them needs to end, there has to be another way to support. I will never go to another zoo again. #harambe."
Dina later elaborated on the post and addressed the Harambe controversy more in depth. "I do believe the zoo did what they had to do in the case of Harambe. But in my opinion the child should have never had the chance to fall in," she wrote. "My mother had 11 children. Never once did she take her eyes off of us in a public forum."
The RHONJ animal lover went on to clarify that she doesn't think the child should be taken away from his mother but that this incident "should be a HUGE lesson for parents everywhere." She said she believes the problem lies in the fact that Harambe was put in a zoo in the first place. "The post was specifically to show my support pertaining to animals held in captivity," Dina said. "This wouldn't have happened if there was no zoo."
Dina previously showed her support for a Change.org petition seeking justice for Harambe.
Get to know all of the animals in Dina's life, below.