In another questionable ecotourism venture, a park in Chengdu released around 100,000 fireflies for the public to enjoy. Insect experts were not pleased, at all.
The insects were released in front of crowds from a glass cage on the night of June 25th, reports West China City Daily. Look how pretty there are:
However, the very next day, Mr. Zhao, the head of the Insect Museum of West China, expressed his disapproval. He claimed that the fireflies can only survive in specific environments, and the park simply does not meet their needs. 100% of them will die in between three days and a week, he says, a survival rate similar to these butterflies that were pinned onto a woman’s robe.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, the fireflies that were released are also highly unlikely to have been farm-raised, because of their large number and the high cost of raising fireflies. They were more likely caught from the wild, which could have environmental consequences.
A similar event was cancelled in Changsha last year due to a public petition letter, titled “I refuse to go to the tomb of fireflies” co-authored by local animal protection organizations. At least no butterfly genocides have been reported yet this year.
By Amy Yang
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