Two months after the release of a scathing report by Hong-Kong based Animals Asia covering the “barbaric” abuse of animals in safari parks and zoos across China, it looks like the proper authorities have finally taken some action.
Yesterday the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development announced a ban on animals performances in zoos and wildlife parks throughout China, to be instituted within three months.
The ban comes after a report back in August which revealed the horrors of life in China’s zoos, safari parks, and worst of all, circuses (you can see some pretty extensive video footage made by Animals Asia during their investigation here). The ban obviously doesn’t extend to circus acts, but it’s a move in the right direction for Chinese zoos, where we’ve witnessed their depressing overworked performance animals in the past.
The ministry also made a “list of suggestions” concerning animal treatment and the operation of animal parks in China. Better management and better health care for the animals topped the list, as well as a firm assertion that zoos should remain on the non-profit track. They also discouraged the consumption of park animals in zoo restaurants, an act the Beijing Zoo has been known to do in the past.
The performance ban sounds like good news, the first we’ve had in a year full of scandals involving lots of dead tigers and other endangered animals, filthy zoos, and super sad dog slaughterhouses.