Hangzhou Zoo Visitors Throw Snowballs At Lions

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“How immature & pathetic, this is what you would expect from children not adults…what an example to set…NOT!! Some may say people are being over sensitive, it’s only snow…that’s not the issue! It is bad enough that humans take these wild animals & cage them in unsuitable living quarters, for the rest of their natural lives! Yet still, some  humans seem to think they have the right to humiliate & ridicule them too…pathetic knob heads!” I would like to see them try it, without a large brick wall between them!! 

China‘s zoos have long since been criticized for instances of animal abuse.

But, despite past crackdowns, instances of apparent animal cruelty have continued, as a series of photos showing Hangzhou Zoo visitors throwing snowballs at lions surfaced this week.

According to China Daily, the photos — taken at Hangzhou Zoo on Jan. 5 and later posted on China’s microblogging site Sina Weibo — were shared countless times and received thousands of comments criticizing the abuse.

Breeder Zhu Yan told Xinhua News Agency that zoo workers did not see visitors throwing snowballs since they were busy clearing snow at the time.

“Although snowballs can’t hurt large animals like lions, the behaviour upset us nonetheless,” Zhu said. “Our animals should be treated fairly. We hope our visitors will use some self-discipline and be nicer to them.”

According to reports, a sole visitor threw the first snowball, inciting others to join. The lion and lioness huddled together, as seen in the photos, until the attack was over. In the end, the male lion let out a roar and starred down the visitors as they walked away, the Global Times notes.

The snowball incident may not be the first instance of apparent animal cruelty that has taken place at Hangzhou Zoo. As Redditor Triviumsogerd recalls:

The sad thing is, this is way better than what they normally throw. When I went LAST YEAR people were throwing anything they could get their hands on at the animals. Such as full plastic water bottles, coke cans, also full, rocks, and the worst part is NO ZOO STAFF WAS PRESENT.

Although the Chinese government has banned certain types of animal abuses at its country’s zoos in recent years, the restrictions do not apply directly to the behaviour of the zoo’s visitors.

Pictures & News Link:-http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/10/hangzhou-zoo-china-snowballs-lions-animal-cruelty_n_2448801.html#slide=1966558

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China arrests three for endangered animal trade

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BEIJING — Police in southern China have arrested three men for dealing in bear parts and other endangered animals, some possibly smuggled from Vietnam, the official Xinhua news agency said on June 26.

The smuggling ring is believed to killed over 40 bears for their parts with an estimated total value of $3.2 million.

POACHED: The carcass of a Malayan pangolin was included in the animal trafficking bust in China

Police in the Guangxi region busted the criminal gang earlier this month and seized “hundreds” of bear paws, bear meat and carcasses of other animals including pangolins and tortoises, it said.
The trafficking ring is believed to have slaughtered 43 bears for their parts, estimated to have a value of 20 million yuan ($3.2 million), Xinhua said.
In China, bear gall bladders are used in traditional medicine while bear paws are an expensive delicacy.
Xinhua said the seized animals were sourced in Guangxi’s Dongxing city on the border with Vietnam and sold across southern China.
Chinese authorities have previously seized snakes and turtles smuggled from Vietnam, it said.
Police in Nanning city, where the men were arrested, declined to comment on June 26.

China arrests three for endangered animal trade

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BEIJINGChinese police have busted a criminal gang involved in illegal trade of endangered animals, seizing hundreds of bear paws, bear meat and animal carcasses from their possession, local officials said.

Three men, all natives of the region, were arrested in a rented residence in the regional capital of Nanning this month after a three-month investigation, according to Nanning city police.

Authorities believe at least 43 black bears were slaughtered for the bear paws. The animals and their body parts are believed to be worth 20 million yuan ($3.15 million), Xinhua news agency reported.

Some of the carcasses, including those of pangolins and tortoises, were sealed in a refrigerator and disguised as tea, police said.

Police said the suspects ordered the endangered animals from the city of Dongxing, which borders Vietnam’s city of Mong Cai to the south, and sold them in southern Chinese cities, including Nanning, Guangzhou and Kunming.

It is not known whether the animals were smuggled across the border.

Officials have dealt with multiple animal smuggling cases on the China-Vietnam border over the last few years, seizing snakes, cobras and turtles.

News Link:-http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/environment/flora-fauna/china-arrests-three-for-endangered-animal-trade/articleshow/14411205.cms

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