This is really great news to start your weekend off with!
On Tuesday, China’s government instated a ban on animal circuses and certain types of animal abuse practices at zoos. Yay for the animals!
The ban is with good reason, as some truly horrendous crimes against animals have been taking place. Including such run-of-the-mill practices as pulling the teeth out of tiger cubs so that visitors can safely hold them, selling animal parts in gift shops, and serving dishes in restaurants made from rare animals (not so foreign as you may think).
In addition, shows typically sell live animals to visitors who then feed those defenseless creatures to the exotic cats and watch as they meet an untimely death— essentially it’s a gladiator type of spectacle, according to the Telegraph.
The 300 state-owned zoos draw an estimated 150 million visitors a year, and it’s not uncommon to view bears walking across tightropes or handlers beating animals until a trick is performed.
Xiao Bing, the chairman of Xiamen’s animal protection association, said that, “A zoo in my city had a show where they forced an adult lion to stand on the back of a horse for a sort of animal acrobatic performance.” He then added, “I also saw one entertainment park where the monkeys seemed to have wounds all over their bodies. The manager told me the monkeys got hurt during live monkey-fighting shows.”
However, the horror is not necessarily over, as there’s a big looming question on animal activists minds about just what will happen to these animals if/when the zoos go bankupt as a result of the ban.
What do you think of this new policy change?