People across the world are heartbroken after seeing a video of a dispirited polar bear lying in an aquarium in Guangdong. The aquarium also features arctic wolves, beluga whales and otters, all living in poor conditions. Animal rights activists are demanding that these animals be released into their natural habitat.
The aquarium itself is called the Grandview Aquarium and is located on the second and third floors of a shopping mall in Guangzhou, hk01.com reports.
At the mall, the polar bear is constantly annoyed by visitors tapping on the glass, trying to get good pictures.
One woman called the polar bear a “lazy ass” after all her efforts failed to provoke any response from the napping bear.
Back in March, the animal welfare group Animals Asia posted a video of the polar bear, followed by petition calling for the aquarium to be closed. Over the past few months, they have collected over 150,000 signatures, but say that they still need another 150,000. Check out the petition here.
And watch the video below:
The aquarium boasts a very spacious 58,000 square meters of floor space; however, much of that space is taken up by facilities like a restaurant, performance area and souvenir shop. Little is left over to be reserved as the animals’ quarters.
Otters live a in cage filled feces and infested with larvae and flying insects.
Beluga whales are cramped into a small tank, with an average of just 500 square meters of space for each one, far lower than 1,206 square meter minimum that is mandated by the Department of Agriculture, says hk01.com.
Meanwhile, these walruses live in an cramped environment with plastic tires and tubes as their only source of entertainment.
Many animal rights activists believe that animals are best left roaming or swimming in their natural habitats and that it is cruel to hold them captive for our entertainment. It is especially cruel to hold them captive in Chinese zoos, which have a notorious history of poor animal care and facilities, whether it’s starving their lions and tigers or allowing those big cats to dine on other attractions.
By Victor Fung
[Images via hk 01.com]