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Chinese Circus Ban Goes Into Effect

Written by PETA | January 20, 2011
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China is saying “lights out” for all animal shows at its 300 state-owned zoos, telling zoos that they can either stop abusing animals in this way or be shut down. The circus act ban—which China’s Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development passed in September 2010, earning it PETA Asia’s Advancement in Animal Welfare Award—officially goes into effect this week, and already two zoos have shut down their circuses. Some of the cruel stunts used in these shows featured lions standing on horses’ backs, bears walking tightropes, monkeys fighting each other, and live animals being fed to predators.

Banning these cruel shows could lead to improved conditions for other zoo animals as well. Last year, an investigation by the State Forestry Administration (SFA) revealed “more than 50 zoos where animals were suffering severely because of abuse.” The SFA also received a PETA Asia Advancement in Animal Welfare Award for its investigation and the ban that it imposed in July 2010 on cruel circus acts.

Chinese zoos had defended the circus acts, saying that they made the animals “stars.” But we’re pretty certain there’s not an animal out there who would prefer being beaten and forced to perform stupid, dangerous tricks to relaxing and playing with his or her family.

PETA Asia has been sending undercover investigators to zoos across China since July 2010 in order to monitor the zoos’ compliance with the new policies, and the group is reporting violations to authorities.

Written by Michelle Sherrow 

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  • kittycat2798 says:

    that is mean what they do to the animals

  • carol tuskan says:

    Amazing!! After seeing fur farm videos, and their eating cats and dogs, I can’t believe they had any compassion for animals. But I’m happy for the circus animals, hopefully they can live a peaceful life hereafter.

  • *** says:

    Great news! Thank you PETA Asia!

  • Crystina says:

    Nice to know that China is treating animals better than theyre treating their citizens.

  • scott hill says:

    I don’t see how a bear walking a tightrope is cruelty unless there is some abuse in the training process.

  • Carol Creutz says:

    I am delighted, I hope that PetA will also look at general treatment of animals in zoo’s. Next is putting an end to the fur and meat trade.

  • Tanya says:

    Make people be in the circus not animals they have no choice. Stop it, leave animals alone…please.

  • Lori K says:

    I’ll believe it when I see it. You cant trust the Chinese at all. They are the reason the Rhino, Tiger and shark are endangered. They eat anything and have no regard for life, human or animal.

  • Hefwisen says:

    Rehibilatating highly stressed some times abused animals is verry hard task. Choose wisely.

  • Heffvizen says:

    Have you ever seen a real breathing animal Crying in your dreams from pure un-adiltrated Joy. Well Now I have. Thank you.

  • Tabitha Crook says:

    There is no justification for any cruelty to animals. Well put, as if any animal gives a shit about being ‘a star’. Ludicrous. STOP THIS NOW!

  • Karen says:

    Well something good for China….Now keep working the Human rights issues….Animals and women should all live in peace in that beautiful country.

  • Honey says:

    I hope China keeps improving the way they treat animals. To be honest, I am shocked China has done this.

  • Lindsay says:

    I’m unclear, is this a ban on all circuses – those that use animals, at least – or is this just a ban on circus-type shows at zoos?

  • Sarah S. says:

    Well done China, I hate you slightly less now.

  • nancy says:

    Thank you for helping these animals PETA!

  • Carla* says:

    Not sure where all those animals will end up, hopefully not on their dinner plates? Is there sanctuaries set up so “owners” can take them there or be forced too?? On the up side… three CHEERS for China on this one!!

  • Karen says:

    Wow, I didn’t think that was possible! Amazing, I love you PETA! 😀

  • Tannibear says:

    Good news, progress is being made. Just need them to close the tiger farms now…

  • Toni Harding-Wandpflug says:

    I am so happy that they syoped the crulity in the circuses and zoos but I will feel much better to know that they have stoped skinning dogs alive for fur. totally inhuman.

  • VeggieMama says:

    A giant step in the right direction. Way to go PETA!!

  • Louis says:

    What concerns me that from millions of facebook users only 1890 people liked this or rather then supports this case!!!!

  • Linda says:

    It’s a start. These poor animals.

  • kate gualtieri says:

    I just want to say THANK YOU to the chinese people who have put pressure on their government to stop this cruelty. As many of you know, it is not easy to oppose the government in China…baby steps, but it gives me hope that the world is changing…

  • Rebecka says:

    thank you for the all your efforts!!!

  • Teresa Echeverría says:

    Just do it! stop abusing animals, try to be Human Beings…

  • Colleen Baird says:

    Animals were not meant to do tricks. If God meant them to do tricks they would be doing it naturally. China does not treat their people good, why should we expect them to treat animals humane. I will be lieve it when I see the results. Peta, keep up the great work. Someday there will be no more animal suffering.

  • OneVoice says:

    I am sooo happy t see this! This can go a long way for animal crulty in China! Very excited about the change in the air!

  • G.Kolthof-Moerman says:

    STOP this crazy doing things to these animals. If you want to hurt someone do it to your self,not innocent creathers. Take a good look in the mirror and ask your self who is that and what i’m doing to these animals.

  • chai says:

    Great news! now if we can get them to stop the fur and meat trade it would be even better! Go job PETA Asia and SFA

  • nitxa says:

    basta ya!!

  • ebnico says:

    What will happen to the animals? Where will they all go?