Shanghaiist reader “Revolted in Shenyang” sent us the following video of what he saw at the recent China International Pharmaceutical Machinery Exposition held at the Shenyang International Exhibition Center. He writes:
I’m currently in Shenyang for a trade show at the Shenyang International Exhibition Center. The exhibition is for equipment used in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals. It’s a very large exhibition and quite a successful one, despite the woefully amateur organization of it.
Over the course of the past 2 days since it opened, more and more ‘secondary vendors’, as I think of them, have been setting up stalls in unoccupied spaces and passageways selling non-essentials such as R/C helicopters, nail clippers, hack saws and a bunch of other products. These products have no association to the exhibition in progress and they’re not present on opening day (as that would anger the exhibitors who pay very good money to be there). You only see these secondary vendors at exhibitions in third-tier cities like Shenyang, or maybe at third-tier exhibitions in first-tier cities like Shanghai. They’re clearly sanctioned by organizers, because you can’t get in or out of any self-respecting exhibition carrying goods, without approval.
Anyhow, what you see in the video is a woman selling some kind of pest-control for rats that plugs into an electrical socket like a night-light. On her table she has varyingly one or two hamsters in a cage. I’ve walked past her several times over the past 2 days and sometimes it’s one, sometimes it’s two.
During her fast-paced sales-pitch she will take out the night-light device and plug it into a yellow extension cord socket on her left. As she plugs it in the hamsters instantly fall onto their backs or sides and begin writhing and convulsing violently. They cease writing the instant she unplugs the light. When there is one hamster in the cage it simply freezes after the shock, or runs wildly around the cage. When there are two hamsters they immediately begin biting and clawing at each other. I witnessed this at least 10 times throughout the course of the two days.
What I can confirm 100% and what the video attached herein shows clearly is the pain of the animals in question. Note how they attack each other instantly after the shock.
Hereafter I can only speculate as to what causes their reaction. You can’t see from the video but the bottom of the cage is wired just like the top. I think a reasonable assumption is that the cage is electrified. Most anybody viewing the clip will probably reach the same conclusion, though I’m open to suggestions.
It seems highly unlikely that the source of the pain is the night-light. If that is the case then not only is this woman torturing hamsters openly, she is doing it to sell snake-oil and not an actual product.
I did notice distinctly different markings on the hamster I saw before lunch and the one I saw after. I assume the hamsters cannot survive more than half-an-hour or so of the treatment I witnessed, but that is pure speculation. I have no way of verifying that claim short of electrocuting hamsters myself, which I won’t do.