has issued a total ban on all 300 state-owned zoos, which have been cited
for all kinds of animal abuses and injuries. The ban went into effect on
Tuesday, though has a couple loopholes that some will keep an eye on.
non-state-owned zoos, however, had not been notified of the new rules, and
the Animal Welfare Director at Animals Asia said they'll help "police
the ban and report any cases we find to the government."
Has Banned Animal Circuses & Warned Its Zoos They Must Stop Abusing
Animals Or Face Closure
animal shows and circuses are hugely popular in China, and draw around 150
million visitors a year at 700 zoos. However, animal rights campaigners
have repeatedly complained that the shows should be stopped.
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,” said
Xiao Bing, the chairman of the local animal protection association in the
southern city of Xiamen.
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,” he said.
cases of abuse include beating lions to make them jump through rings of
fire and forcing bears to walk across tightropes, said Hua Ning, at the
International Fund for Animal Welfare.
circuses have defended their shows, saying that the animals are well fed
and that teaching them tricks can help them become “stars”.
However, the Chinese government has now issued a total ban, which came into
force on Tuesday across the 300 state-owned zoos which are part of the China
Zoo Association. “We are hopeful it will have an effect,” said
David Neale, the Animal Welfare Director at Animals Asia. “I visited
Chongqing zoo before Christmas and their circus was clearing out, and Kunming
zoo has also said its circus has been closed.” Other
zoos, however, said they had received no notice of the new rules. “We
will help police the ban and report any cases we find to the government,”
vowed Mr Neale.
ban will also force zoos to stop selling animal parts in their shops and
zoo restaurants will have to stop serving dishes made out of rare animals,
another widespread practice. Similarly, zoos will no longer be able to pull
the teeth of baby tigers so that tourists can hold them and will have to
stop attractions where live chickens, goats, cows and even horses are sold
to visitors who can then watch them be torn apart by big cats.
for China’s State Forestry Bureau said a three-month investigation
last year had uncovered more than 50 zoos where animals were suffering severely
because of abuse. However,
the closure of the shows could push some zoos towards bankruptcy and may
leave many animals with an uncertain future. “In some cases, I am
not sure where the animals will go,” said Mr Neale.
some cases I would recommend euthanasia, since there are animals in a very
bad way after a few years of being in these performances.”