This blogger has – in Thailand – seen a snake show which was highly questionable!
“The so-called ‘animal Olympics’ mistreats animals, which is against their natural behavior and hurts their health,” said Dr Sun Quanhui with the China office of World Society for the Protection of Animals, an international non-profit animal welfare organization.
The animal “Olympic Games,” which opened on Sunday, features more than 40 sports. Hundreds of animals from across the world will participate. It will run until late November.
An elephant named Yanu lit the “Olympic” flame by stamping a pedal during the “opening ceremony” on Sunday.
Sun said such activities usually involve punitive measures during training such as withholding food, and many animals die or suffer from injuries due to training, which can last up to a year.
“They want to attract an audience and amuse people, but it shows a lot of disrespect for creatures,” Sun said, suggesting parents not bring kids to watch the games.
While some people enjoy the games, others say it’s cruel.
“How poor these animals are!” said a netizen on microblog.
The park insisted they do not harm the animals.
“It is healthy sport as animals participate in the games based on their nature, like a cheetah race as they are known for their fast speed, and we use food as a reward,” said Ni Li, a park press official.
A State Forestry Administration regulation makes it illegal as of last year to use animals in performances in zoos. But it does not stop other animal-related activities.
Sun said the regulation only targets zoos under the management of the administration.
In terms of animal protection, there is still a legal vacuum in China, Sun said.
Yan Jingjing, a senior official with Shanghai Wildlife Conservation Station, was unavailable for comment. The station is responsible for protecting wildlife.
In 2006, the wildlife park also held an animal games.
The event was suspended for several years after protests, including from abroad. It held a similar event last year.
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Shanghai Daily brings some good news for one reptile!
“The restaurant said the crocodile was bought from an aquatic production market,” said an official surnamed Huo with the office. “Experts with the Shanghai Zoo came, and their inspection found the animal looked very much like an estuarine crocodile.”
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‘The Independent’ share ‘Shanghai Daily‘ reporting on my local filthy skies
MY COMMENT: The ‘Clear blue skies’ that were a huge visible benefit of ‘Expo 2010‘, were an element I can personally a-test to. It is a huge disappointment, therefore, that as Expo went – so too did these same clean skies – and resumption of smog!
Pollution in the southern Chinese city of Shanghai has reached record levels, pushing air quality levels to ‘severe’ or ‘hazardous,’ the highest level on the Air Quality Index Scale. Amidst long-standing concerns over pollution, governmental websites around the world allow members of the public to monitor air quality in their region.
Chinese newspaper Shanghai Daily reports that the air quality in the city over Tuesday, May 3 and Wednesday, May 4 was the “worst air quality to date.”
The US embassy in Beijing caused controversy last year when on its Twitter feed of hourly air quality (@beijingair) the automated system reported that air quality in Beijing was “crazy bad” after air pollution levels went off the scale.
High levels of air pollution are not limited to China; on April 22 the British government issued the first smog warning in two years due to high levels of pollutants over the UK, and recent reports suggest air pollution in the US could be causing asthma.
The Air Quality Index (AQI) measures pollutants in the air; the index is also sometimes called the Air Pollution Index (API) – though these two indices measure slightly separate pollutants they are often used interchangeably.
Though the AQI scale can vary between different countries, the scale of 0-100, as used in North America, is the most commonly adopted.
The scale ranks the air quality from Good (0-50), Moderate (51-100), Unhealthy for sensitive groups (101-150), Unhealthy (151-200), Very unhealthy (201-300) to Hazardous’ (301-500). On May 4 Shanghai’s air quality was rated 500.
Members of the public can monitor the daily air quality in their area with the links below:
A full list of links to other international sites is available via the North American site at:http://www.airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=topics.world
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