by ecorazzicontributor
Categories: Animals.
Photo: Flickr via Rob n Amy C

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?

  • Michael Raymer

    China has come a long way in the last few years. I’m seeing more articles about China really trying to be responsible to the environment and my hat is off to them. These changes won’t happen overnight and there will always be something that people can point at. But, they are stepping up to the plate.

    From the above article:
    “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.”

    Hopefully they won’t go bankrupt because of the ban. Hopefully people will be glad that these changes and respond in a positive way.

  • Hart Noecker

    Ban the fur farms, China.

  • Karina

    China does one good thing for some animals. I still don’t support the Chinese government because they really don’t care about animals.

    • herwin

      selling live animals and feeding it to the wild cats. Horrible.
      urm, but what do we feed the wild cats here in our own zoos ?

      A. Spinach and carrots.
      B. Animals from factory farms who have been killed in slaughterhouses.

      And what do we feed the snakes ?

      A. Veggieburgers.
      B. live rats and mice.

      here same same China, only diference the visitor cant see the killing, but that doesnt make a dif for the victim animal, eh.

      • Karina

        Yeah and I don’t support the way we Americans do many things either. I definitely don’t support everything the American government does.

  • Eva

    I was so pleasantly surprised to hear about this news. I even had to write about it on my blog: I’m worried about what they’ll do with the animals now, but I have hope.

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  • JayP

    This is fantastic news and gives me hope.

    Strange feeling though, considering last week I was very angry with China after hearing that they are going to import all the slaughtered Canadian seals that the UK as banned.

  • Whoever…

    It’s a good change but it’s not enough!

    In a country where human fetuses are cooked and served in certain places – this was confirmed to me by a person whose family member was invited to such a place – one can’t expect a lot of change when it comes to animal rights…

    They do need a lesson in humility – maybe soon Nature will teach them just that!