BEIJING (AP) — A circus featuring animal performances has been cancelled after citizens called for a boycott and tipped off authorities. Activists have billed this as a victory for a growing animal welfare movement in China.
The promotional material for Jinan Animal Carnival Festival suggested bears lying on their backs twirling flaming rods, tigers riding horses and a monkey riding a goat.
Chinese authorities have issued regulations banning animal performances, but animal rights activists estimate hundreds of shows still take place each year. They say animals are kept in poor conditions and trained under stress to perform tricks.
A local Communist Party-run newspaper, the Qilu Evening News, reported that Internet activists had organized an online boycott of the nearly-three-week festival that was due to open in late September and tipped off authorities.