PETA Asia has just launched a groundbreaking new exhibit, the first of its kind in China. The display, called “Animals ≠ Entertainment,” has just hit People’s University of China, Communication University of China, and University of Science and Technology Beijing and will be touring other schools and festivals across the country throughout the rest of the year.
In China, there’s growing opposition to the use of animals for entertainment. Animals in circuses and zoos are denied everything that is natural and important to them. Everything that surrounds them is controlled and manipulated by humans. They cannot choose their food, mates, or friends. Animals perform because they are beaten into submission and are constantly threatened with physical punishment. Bullhooks, shackles, and whips are tools used to force animals to obey their handlers. Recognizing the cruelty involved in animal attractions and the danger they pose to humans, the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development has issued a ban on animal performances.
Here is just a glimpse of PETA’s eye-catching exhibit. The inside of this circus-like tent displays the fantastic attributes of animals, their sad lives in captivity, and a shocking video composed of footage from zoos in China. Students receive leaflets and temporary tattoo stickers when they follow PETA’s social networking channels.
Many students are thrilled to learn more about animal rights and how to speak up for them. After watching the video, most students told us that they would share what they saw with their friends and family and would never support any entertainment industry that uses animals.
PETA Asia is grateful to all the schools, professors, student groups, and students who were involved in the tour. We thank you for working with us and for speaking up for animals!
The schools we’ve visited and plan to visit include Tsinghua University, People’s University, University of International Relationships, Beijing University of Science and Technology, Beijing Language and Culture University, Communication University of China, China Foreign Affairs University, China University of Mining and Technology, University of International Business and Economics, Beijing Foreign Studies University, Beijing Union University, Beijing International Studies University, Beijing Normal University, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Central University of Finance and Economics, Capital Normal University.
Posted by Hailey Chang