Shanghai Wildlife Park trainer, image via Shanghai Daily.
Shanghai Wildlife Park has promptly suspended the trainer caught on video beating and kicking a bear cub. According to the park, the trainer was “not a staff member with the park, but was with a circus team from neighboring Anhui Province, which provides shows to visitors under contract with the park. The bear was also brought by the circus team.”
The park claims it “does not allow trainers to treat animals violently” but we can’t imagine what other methods are used to make bears jump rope, ride bicycles, and do all those other totally effed up circus antics. Obviously they only suspended him because he was caught, and because he psychotically threw a metal pipe (which Shanghai Daily refers to as a “stick”) at the park guest filming him.
Unfortunately for the park, that guest just happens to be a foreigner who is now enraged enough to carry out a crusade against them. He forwarded us his letter to the park, in which he demands they release the cubs from their current handlers and immediately cease all shows found to “cause animal suffering or endangerment, either in the performance itself or through training” (as in accordance with the animal performance ban this year.)
He also asks for disciplinary action (check!) and a direct apology from the trainer. If they don’t see to ALL of his demands (and he’s very clear on the “all”) he promises to release holy public relations hell on them until they do. Godspeed to you, good man.
The park’s laughable excuse for defying this year’s new ban on animal performances is that it gives the animals some exercise by allowing them to “do some sports.” These bears probably need “sports” like they need a good beating with a metal pipe. Oh wait, those are one in the same.