Under no circumstances do I condone this practice, however it does exist and ignoring it doesn’t make it go away. Talking about it and getting involved will.
These images have been circulating the web for some time now & have generated quite a bit of controversy. Perhaps first popularized by an article in the Daily Mail.
The article goes on to give a scathing review of the animal park in Xiamen (south east China) where these practices take place. They list a whole load of atrocities committed against these poor creatures.
Don’t think China is alone, I’ve seen accounts of this type of animal shows in other countries (like Germany) too.
While it’s fair to say that different cultures have different views on animal welfare, it’s hard to deny my own cultural upbringing. Abusing another creature for entertainment purposes is both wicked & cruel. No matter where you come from, compassion towards life is a virtue.
There is even video of these shows, of the tigers anyway. Here is what I could find.
Thankfully, there are people that want to help, Save China’s Tigers works to save animals from China’s abusive zoos & provides public education to raise awareness in China. If this cause is important to you, contact them to see how you can help.