Another week, another allegation of tiger abuse at a Chinese zoo.
Footage from a tiger performance earlier this month at the Hangzhou Safari Park has sparked outrage after being exposed on Chinese social media yesterday. The video shows trainers at the zoo using whips to control its large white tigers during one circus-style performance.
At the start of the video, which was posted online by a Beijing-based animal rights organization, one tiger bites on to a trainer’s whip and tries to pull it from his hand. Another trainer quickly jumps in, whipping the animal across the head. Eventually, the startled tiger tumbles backward into a pool of water.
In another scene, one of the tigers can be seen bleeding from the head from a wound. The camera zooms in to reveal that the predator’s fangs have been removed.
The original video now has over 24 million views. Outraged netizens have called for the zoo to be shut down and for its workers to be punished.
“The trainers should all be thrown to the tigers as food for punishment,” advocated one Weibo user.
After the footage went viral on Weibo, the zoo’s publicity department issued a statement denying accusations of abuse, saying that they were based on falsehoods (as opposed to alternative facts), though they did promise to investigate the incident caught on camera.
While waiting on the results of that investigation you can watch the video below on YouTube:
Or on Tencent:
Earlier this month, another video hit the internet showing a tiger at a Hunan province circus secured to a metal table with its head pressed down and limbs fastened tight so that it cannot move an inch while visitors hop on for a quick ride and photo session.
[Video via Weibo]
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