April 16, 2012
Animal rights groups are calling for a ban on all animal performances in
China, including live shows, petting zoos and photo sessions.
However, their campaign - which also calls for a ban on dolphin shows - is
said by some to have gone too far.
Animal performances and circus
shows, especially in Beijing, have "seriously impaired the country's and
city's image with brutality and savage behavior", Liu Huili, an animal
rights supporter and researcher with Green Beagle, a Beijing-based
non-governmental organization, said at a symposium on Saturday.