Beijing zoo un­der fire af­ter tigers sus­pected to have been fed street dogs

Global Times US Edition - - CHINA -

A Beijing wildlife park on Mon­day de­nied feed­ing its tigers street dogs, say­ing the park had in fact merely put sev­eral dogs and wolves into a cage to­gether.

A post which claimed Beijing’s Badal­ing Wildlife Park fed its tigers and wolves street dogs has been cir­cu­lat­ing on­line over re­cent days. Some ne­ti­zens have also posted pictures show­ing the park put dogs and wolves to­gether, call- ing for in­ter­ven­tion from the rel­e­vant gov­ern­ment depart­ment.

A man­ager at the park told the Beijing-based news­pa­per The Mir­ror that sev­eral months ago, they did in­deed put sev­eral dogs and wolves in a cage to­gether, but that they never harmed each other.

The man­ager de­nied feed­ing tigers street dogs and said that all meat the tigers eat is pur­chased through le­gal chan­nels and passes through quar­an­tine in­spec­tion.

“The home­less an­i­mals al­ways con­tain sev­eral germs and so we won’t feed them to tigers,” said the man­ager.

In July, an on­line video show­ing a live don­key be­ing thrown into an en­clo­sure of hun­gry tigers in a dif­fer­ent Chi­nese zoo trig­gered wide crit­i­cism.

The Yancheng Sa­fari Park in Jiangsu Prov­ince apol­o­gized for any dis­com­fort caused by the video and said a dis­grun­tled share­holder was re­spon­si­ble for the in­ci­dent.

Sub­se­quently, the park erected a mon­u­ment in mem­ory of the “anony­mous don­key.”

“I didn’t plan to feed the don­key to the tigers,” a share­holder in­volved in the in­ci­dent, who prefers to re­main anony­mous, told thep­a­per.cn.

The park had been slapped with a law­suit over a share dis­pute, which re­sulted in its funds and per­mits be­ing frozen, he added.

The sa­fari said that they pla­cated the an­gry share­hold­ers and will pre­vent rep­e­ti­tion of such an in­ci­dent.

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