WHAT ANIMALS IN ZOOS AND «SHOWS» IN CHINA ARE SUBECTED TO
Today there are about 600 zoos in China.
Roughly 100 zoos are public and managed by the Housing Ministry.
About 500 zoos are private, the «aquatics» (including the oceanariums) are managed by the Ministry of Agriculture, the «terrestrials» are managed by the Ministry of Forestry
In 2013 the Housing Ministry passed a law forbidding shows given by captive animals in PUBLIC zoos. In fact, about 35% of the zoos in question are not in accordance with the law.
An inquiry ending in 2016 shows that:
Out of the 243 zoos investigated (oceanariums not included), 95 zoos (ie 39.09%) produce shows with animals, the same for 59 zoos in the city (ie 38.5%)
Out of the 31 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities, coming directly under the Central Authority of Continental China, only Tibet, Gansu and Ningxia do not have shows with animals.
Article 26 of the «Law for the protection of Wildlife in the Peoples' Republic of China», which came into effect on 1st January 2017 stipulates clearly that wild animals must benefit from adequate space, sanitary and reproduction conditions, and that it is «STRICTLY FORBIDDEN TO ILL TREAT WILD ANIMALS«
THIS IS THE «LIFE» OF SHOW ANIMALS:
Elephant Binebine (滨滨):
1994: Birth of Binebine in Harbin. (note 1)
1995 :Beginning of training.
1998: His mother and sister die.
2003: as from this year, Binebine was constantly lent out to other zoos to do «tours» at a sustained pace.
2009: His «companion» and son die. Binebine becomes the only elephant in the Harbin zoo.
2012 despite a serious progressive problem on a foot, he is lent out to the HENAN province to do «shows»
April 2013: A great deal thinner, and having difficulty to move, Binebine returns to Harbin
Because of long forced training, Binebine had learned to «bow» on one foot, on two feet, to walk on stakes and to play basketball.
Rain or shine, Binebine always put on a «show» on the outside
Since he was very young in order to have a slimmer shape, Binebine never ate his fill.
In 2009, one of his teeth broke
In 2012, He lost his complete dental roots
A volunteer who had seen him several times, wrote this:
He couldn't walk without pain
He wasn't able to stay standing without constantly changing feet
He wore a metal chain on his neck
He had a wound on his forehead
Binebine was very thin, very tired, very ill.
Several foreign experts wanted to treat Binebine, even for nothing, but the zoo never answered
June 2013 Binebine died, only 19 years old (note 2)
Note1, Everyone knows that elephants live in the tropical or subtropical zone, whereas Harbin is at 44° - 46° latitude north (The large Chinese town at the northern most part of the country ) where during the long winters, the temperature can go as low as -38°c ! !
Note 2, The average life span of an elephant is 60 - 70 years, and Binebine only lived (if we can call that «living») 19 years, that is, hardly A THIRD of a normal existence.
There are many other Binebines.
Beat with a hook (note 3): the feet tied with an iron chain; no family, no companion, the elephants go round in circles, roam inactive as if deranged in their concrete «boxes», before sadly dying in a country far from their homeland.
Elephant «working» in a Beijing circus. Tied up in a car park, it can hardly move:
Elephant in the BADALING (Beijing) reservation Photo taken in 2014
His name is Xinxin, 16 years old. In 2014 (a year after his "coming into service" in the reservation) tourists discover his foot is infected and partially necrotized. Free medical treatment was offered to the reservation. It was ignored. He continues to suffer:
Photo taken in Changlong (Guangzhou) in 2013:
The elephants carry out an extremely harmful number, which consists in keeping one foot on a stake and keeping the rest of the body in the air.
Elephant hurt enough to draw blood, photo taken in Changlong (Guangzhou) in 2015:
Asian elephants. Photo taken in YUNNAN in 2016:
Classified in Annexe 1 of the CITES, their commercial exploitation is strictly forbidden. Nevertheless...
A sick elephant. Photo taken in XINJIANG in 2016:
His name was Feifei. He started working when he was 2 years old. He died when he was 14. (note 2)
Tied up most of the time, he developped several illnesses that dragged on for more than 500 days. His skin is covered in supperating abscesses. In 2012 the same reservation imported 2 African elephants; both died during the quarantine period.
Elephants attached with iron hooks. Photo taken in the «People's Village»
In 2014 tourists filmed the «tamers» violently beating the elephant calves with iron hooks. Today, the heads of the elephants in the «People's Village» are still covered with wounds coming from the beatings with iron hooks:
Photo taken in a zoo in Ningbo (province of ZHEJIANG) in 2017
The sign shows the photo of an African elephant, whereas the actual animal is an Asian elephant. Moreover, he is always alone in his pen:
Qianqian, an Asian elephant. Photo taken in a zoo in Wuxi (province of JIANGSU) in 2017
Not yet weaned, the female elephant is already put to work, in order to «earn her living» in a zoo in Wuxi. Moreover, having been tortured over a significant time, she is suffering from behavioural disorders.
In her «home» of 20 sq m. she can't move; attached to a chain 1 METER LONG:
Photo souvenir for tourists. Photo taken in Beijing in 2011
It is often reported that hitting an elephant with a hook is common practice:
Note 3: a hook is a metal object which ressembles a sickle
In the space of a hundred years or so, the number of tigers has dropped from 100.000 to fewer than 4000 .Chinese tigers have practically disappeared from their natural environment
Since the 80s, more than 6000 tigers are «bred» in China, whereas there are only aboout twenty in the wild.
During tours, the tigers are shut up in small cages of not quite 2 sq meters, sometimes less. These tigers can hardly move. No food or water. They're fed once or twice a day.
Those 3 tigers we saw on stage in August in Wuhan all had caninteeth sawn off at the root, dental pulp exposed to the air, suppurating and blackened. Easy to imagine the great pain they were going through. And yet they have «to work»:
This ill treatment exists in practically all the enquiries that were carried out.
After the show, the tigers are attached to a plank by a metal chain. After paying, the spectators can sit on the tigers for souvenir photos. Nearby, the tamers are armed withsticks and clubs:
January 2017 in «Wildlife World» in HANGZHOU (ZHEJIANG province) 8 white tigers give a show.
These 8 tigers belonging to an endangered species, are the result of same-blood coupling, some have deformities, making them very much different from «normal» tigers. Yet the zoo spreads the information that these are rare animals.
On the stage, 3 tamers are present, sticks and whips in their hands, they lead the «show», not hesitating to raise their «weapons» when the tigers do not obey completely.
Not being able to take any more, a tiger bit one of the tamer's sticks, another tamer then began to hit the stubborn tiger, which ended up falling in the lake.
Another tiger has a head covered in blood, its caninteeth have been taken out.
Unbelievable surprise, the presenter of the show announces that the tigers wish the spectators happiness and good health...
In 2010, 3 chimpanzees were imported from Kenya by the YANCHENG (淹城) zoo We all know what happened to a donkey living in this zoo (http://urgence-animaux-de-chine.over-blog.com/2017/06/un-ane-vivant-jete-dans-le-bassin-reserve-aux-tigres-dans-un-zoo-en-chine.html ):
In 2013 the chimpanzees caught in the wild are sold as farm bred chimpanzees. It was revealed that corrupt Kenyan officers had falsified the chimps' export documents, the misdemeanor was punished by C.I.T.E.S. administration bureau.
According to Interpol, almost all chimps victims of trafficking are babies. Why? Because when they are small, they are easier to catch, easier to transport, and can be exploited longer.
At least 10 members of a chimpanzee family lose their lives trying to save a baby from being captured.
The chimps, imported illegally in China, are not, however, returned to Africa. On the contrary, they stay in Chinese zoos, some giving «shows» which are highly damaging to their health:
They are dressed, run races with the trainers:
They balance on a wheel, (placed high up, of course!!)
They walk on a cord (placed on high, also!! )
With blows from sticks, and threats, day after day, these chimpanzees are forced to go through cruel training, and this, from a very young age. They suffer terrible psychological pressure, bringing about the collapse of their immune system.
He curls up in a corner, showing his «smile»:
End of August 2016, a newspaper revealed that this same zoo had brought in, illegally, 3 white tigers. Faced with a control, these 3 tigers became «persian cats» according to the zoo managers:
A macaque chained to a wall to «strengthen his legs»:
A monkey called Lulu was attached, head down, to a goat's horn, forcing it to stay balanced while the goat climbed ladders then stayed standing on a vase which is placed on a slim perch:
It is constantly poked with a metal stick. After the «show» it is pulled and thrown into the cage.
Two young bears are attached toa wall, this position is extremely hard and painful for them. The two cubs struggled all the time, hoping to free themselves:
According to an assistant professor at the veterinary faculty of the Chinese Agricultural University, this habit can bring about permanent injury of the joints, and even necrosis and paralysis.
BACKSTAGE IN THE WINGS OF «SHOW» ANIMALS
The enquiry led by militants in the Badaling Zoo (near Beijing)
In two small dark, damp and evil-smelling rooms, 3 brown bear cubs, 3 macaques and a tiger:
When he saw us, a bear cub approached and cried out to us. There were obvious wounds around his eyes and ears. An iron chain around his neck:
Next to him, 3 macaques, without food, in their droppings. In order to «make the tamers' job easier», even in very small cages, they are chained up:
The brown bear had been beaten many times by the trainer:
This old lion, practically toothless, was begging for food in the blazing sun:
These are a zebra's feet!
These are the four feet of a goat-antelope. He dare not move!
Attracted by profit, many zoos, whose licences are obtained by suspicious means, are mushrooming. When these zoos meet with financial difficulties, the animals are the first to suffer, some die of hunger.
NOW, THEY WANT TO BUILD AN ENORMOUS AQUATIC CENTRE, ON THE SEA!!
On a man-made island of 35 hectares (approx 86.5 acres) there would be a «big theater dedicated to the ocean», an oceanic museum, hotels, apartments, commercial centres, a typical local High Street, restaurants, bars, etc. The whole zone would fill 132 hectares, (more than 326 acres) and would be twice as big as the aquatic park in Hong Kong.
The aim? Promote rapidly the «Chinese International Circus Festival" to world number one!!
Please send the following letter to:
firstname.lastname@example.org (Ministry of Forestry)
email@example.com (The Housing Ministry)
Dear Sir / Madame
I am extremely shocked by the living conditions in which «Entertainment" animals live, in China:
Today, a total or partial ban on shows or entertainment with animals is understood and accepted by more and more countries. China also, formulated the same ban in 2010 and 2013, surprisingly enough.
So why are «nature reserves», «aquariums» and «zoos» whose licence obtaining is decidedly dubious, sprouting up everywhere?
Why are wild animals still being imported into China?
Why are "entertainment" animals still being ill-treated there?
ARE LAWS IN CHINA NOT WORTH THE PAPER THEY'RE PRINTED ON?
I would like the Chinese government to enforce its own laws as well as the international laws and treaties concerning wild animals.
I would also like the animals currently captured to be treated humanely, showing the world that China is a great civilization.
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