Remember during the CCTV Spring Festival Gala how one magician seemed to be able to control goldfish, moving them about a tank in single-file like they were his little fishy army? That guy – Fu Yandong 傅琰东- is now under fire from environmental and animal rights groups, who accuse him of animal cruelty.
In case you don’t remember the act, here it is on Youku:
53 NGOs sent a joint letter to CCTV yesterday, urging them to reveal how the magic is done, let a team of independent experts examine the fish before he is allowed to perform on the channel’s Lantern Festival show, slated for Thursday. The letter states:
Before the Animal Protection Law is complete and comprehensive, any influential TV programs should not allow animal shows, to avoid the potential torture or injury to animals resulting from audience members trying to imitate performances.”
Fu Yandong has denied speculation that magnets had been placed into the goldfish’s stomaches, claiming that he had tamed them through “magic manners.” CCTV has yet to respond.