Lions and tigers on horseback oh my (PRC)

The sickest show on earth?

First exposed by the Daily Mail UK is a particularly barbaric “animal act” featuring lions and tigers riding horses in a zoo in China, to the delight they explain (or perhaps disbelief) of spectators.

If the citizens of China and other visitors to this zoo were appalled by these revolting animal acts and turned away in disgust, or complained to zoo officials, they would not exist.

So, how do you appeal to the type of mentality who find this titillating and educate them this is outrageously cruel?

Perhaps it calls to that part of human nature that motivates people to stop and look at the results of a automobile accident.

Here’s an excerpt from the Daily Mail article and related photographs:

Just when it seemed that the Chinese had plumbed the depths of animal humiliation, along comes something even worse.

The country which gave you bears riding bikes now proudly presents … lions and tigers on horseback.

In one of the nation’s most notorious zoos, applauding spectators are treated to a bizarre display as a 30-stone lion leaps on to the horse’s back.

Then it rides around the ring while a trainer with a whip keeps it moving.

After that, a 35-stone tiger climbs up on the same terrified steed for its turn in the limelight.

The shocking pictures come from the animal park at Xiamen in Fujian, south-east China, where the public seem to delight in humiliating circus-style stunts and have no regard for animal cruelty.

Conditions are poor, with big cats including lions, tigers and leopards and other large animals including bears kept in solitary confinement in tiny cages.

Elsewhere in the country, bears ride bicycles at an “Animal Games” in Nanjing.

The reason a horse has to be “trained” to be ridden is to break through their built in survival instinct of not having anything on their back, where predators attack to render them helpless so they can kill them to eat them. These horses have obviously been ridden by humans. Even so, imagine the sheer terror the horses must experience by having a lion or tiger (even if toothless) on their backs.

Lion riding horse in China zoo

Lion riding horse in China zoo

Lion riding horse in China zoo

Please write to the address nearest you, or to the Embassy itself, protesting these events:

The People’s Republic of China currently maintains one Embassy in Washington D.C., five Consulates-General in the following U.S. cities: New York, NY; Chicago, IL; San Francisco, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Houston, TX.

Chinese Embassy in Washington DC
Address: 2201 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W., Washington D.C. 20007
Tel: (202) 338-6688, (202)5889760
Fax: (202) 588-9760

Chinese Consulate General in Chicago, IL
Address: 1 East Erie Street, Suite 500, Chicago, IL 60611
Tel: (312) 573-3070/3071
Fax: (312) 803-0122

Chinese Consulate General in Houston, TX
Address: 3417 Montrose Blvd., Houston, TX 77006
Tel: (713) 520-1462
Fax: (713) 521-3064

Chinese Consulate General in Los Angeles, CA
Address: 443 Shatto Place, Los Angeles, CA 90020
Tel: (213) 807-8088
Fax: (213) 807-8091

Chinese Consulate General in New York, NY
Address: 520 12th Avenue, New York, NY 10036
Tel: (212) 244-9392
Fax: (212) 465-1708

Chinese Consulate General in San Francisco, CA
Address: 1450 Laguna Street, San Francisco, CA 94115
Tel: (415) 674-2900
Fax: (415) 563-0494

:: Click here for further contact information US

:: Click here for contact information UK

:: Click here for contact information Canada

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1 thought on “Lions and tigers on horseback oh my (PRC)”

  1. This is horrifically sick and cruel isn’t even the word!
    How does any one find this fun to watch!!!???
    that poor horse must be traumatised… the look in the horse’s face surely would make anyone stop if there were sick enough to even try it!
    not to mention how scared the loin of tiger must have been?!
    this is not what animals are meant for… i have 2 horses of my own which i compete and seeing this bring tears to my eyes why are ZOO’s just not banned full stop! keep them in a safari yes, where they can lead a normal life as if they would in the wild but how is a zoo even remotely kind to an animal?!


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