The Shanghai Wild Animal Park continues to build on its reputation as a really terrible place to be if you’re an animal by holding races between Australian greyhounds and African cheetahs.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, after they have outlived their usefulness as racers in Australia, greyhounds are frequently sold to the infamous Shanghai zoo. One British-based animal activist Kerry Elliman recently visited the park in Pudong and found that at least 40 greyhounds were being kept in squalid conditions, only being let out to race against cheetahs for the entertainment of ticket-buyers.
“As well as wanting to rescue those dogs, I want to have access to their ear tattoos so I can expose every single trainer that sent them there,” Elliman said. “We need to show people this is still happening.”
An earlier investigation by Animals Australia in 2015 found that these greyhounds were being kept in a sweltering “prison,” given little food or water. If they happened to get injured, the dogs were then fed live to the park’s big cats, the investigation claimed.
This kind of thing would be nothing new for the Shanghai Wild Animal Park which has become notorious over the years for the cruel ways that it treats its animals, starting with its so-called “Wild Animal Olympics” which has been the target of protests from animal activists for over a decade.
Back in 2013, a video went viral from one of these performance at the park showing a bicycle race between a monkey and a bear that stopped rather abruptly when the bear began mauling the monkey. Later, the park shook off criticism, claiming that its events were “healthy sports” that were based on the animals’ “life habits.”
Other examples of these “healthy sports” include monkeys being made to ride bikes dressed as nurses and live ducks being fed to crocodiles by visitors.
The park is also infamous for an incident in 2015 in which a Formosan black bear wandered unknowingly into an ambush of tigers and was quickly killed right in front of the eyes of horrified tourists.
Fun for the whole family.
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