Some strange allegations came forward earlier this week that Shanghai Pudong’s Century Park is breeding hundreds of chickens, ducks and geese on an island to provide food to senior park officials. While park management has strongly denied these claims, as of today Chicken Island has been officially closed down.
On Tuesday, officials denied all rumours that the animals were raised as poultry. They claimed that the animals’ only function was to serve as a tourist attraction for visitors of the park. But they did admit that, in the two years the park has raised the animals, it has failed to obtain the appropriate license to keep the animals.
Zhan Feng, who is in charge of breeding the animals, has another explanation for the chickens altogether. He claims that the animals help “keep the natural order in balance”, as chickens “eat worms”. When asked by Global Times what happens to the eggs, Zhang refused to give an answer. Maybe Benoit and Julien know. Crêpes, anyone?
As manager of Century Park Chen Feng told the Global Times, the island will now only be used to raise magpies. Thus ends the biggest non-controversy ever to hit our local parks bureau.
By Nele Diels