Animal performances still going on even with implemented ban
The Ministry of Housing and Urban Rural Development have issued a regulation last year stepping up management of zoos and implemented a three month ban on animal performances. But the regulation have expired last week and local zoos and parks turned a blind eye on animal performances.
However in the past three months since animal performances were still popular at the Shenzhen Safari Park and Xiaomeisha Sea World. Animal performance were staged every day at the park, and each performance involved birds, lions, tigers and dolphins. Both parks said the didn’t receive any notice from local government departments that banned the animal performances. Park employees claimed that the animals were not tortured in any ways when they were trained or forced to perform beyond their capabilities.
A representative from the Animals Asia Foundation said that its against animal nature to perform since they are born not to be show animal. Yet a lot of people are still not aware that many of this animal performance is a torment to them. Also before the three month banned was implemented an investigation by the State Forestry Bureau discovered that animals from 50 zoos are suffering from abuse.
A tourist said that its boring to just watch animals in cages, and he argued that children can learn the nature and characteristics of animals when they are performing.