Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Saddest Polar Bear in Guangzhou

Polar bear named Pizza is hanging out in its faux icy conditions in a mall
In a shopping mall in Guangzhou is an enclosure that holds what animal activists are calling "the saddest polar bear in the world".

Three-year-old Pizza, a female polar bear, lives in a small glass-walled enclosure and there is video footage of her pacing and swaying her head, evidence of mental decline.

You'd be lying like this too if you were bored in a small space
Hong Kong-based charity Animals Asia posted the video online in July which caught global attention, forcing the mall to announce it would temporarily move Pizza during an upgrade of her home.

"Pizza the polar bear will temporarily leave Guangzhou and return to her birthplace," the Grandview Mall Aquarium said on its official account on WeChat.

The move was part of ongoing upgrades and "minor alterations" to the mall, and the aquarium would remain open during Pizza's absence, though it did not say when she would return from a zoo in Tianjin.

But animal rights groups have called for the move to be permanent, saying the conditions in the mall are unsuitable for a polar bear.

The shopping mall uses Pizza to attract shoppers
Peter Li, a campaigner at Humane Society International, said in a statement that sending Pizza back to Guangzhou would be "cruel and heartless".

"No amount of renovation could ever make a shopping mall a suitable place for this animal," he said.

First of all -- why is a polar bear called Pizza? Isn't that inhumane?

And why is she even being housed in a shopping mall? If this is the mall's way of attracting shoppers, it's very shocking to use an animal in this way.

While zoos in the west are wrestling with the ethics of keeping animals in cages, China is only starting to see the novelty in it and not how this is not the politically correct thing to do.

Perhaps they should watch Oscar-winning animator Nick Park's Creature Comforts, where zoo animals explain what it's like to live in cages:

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