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An Australian kangaroo strikes a blow for the animal team against a man in a clown suit at the annual Animal Olympics in China. The kangaroo is one of 300 "athletes" in the event, now in its fourth year. Getty photo

A black bear perched precariously on a scooter is forced to drive a circus performer across a tightrope. AP photo

A monkey handler runs after a monkey forced to ride a bike. Getty photo

A zebra is made to hurdle race. Getty photo

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spacer Un-bear-able: China's Cruel Animal Olympics
SOURCE:, 10/4/06 A black bear perches precariously on a scooter and is forced to drive a circus performer across a tightrope. This shocking image is just the latest picture to emerge from the barbaric Animal Olympic Games in China, a country with a shameful animal rights record. The event has provoked outrage and serious concerns among animal rights groups around the world including The Captive Animals' Protection Society.

Craig Redmond, UK-based campaigns manager, said: "Tricks these animals are made to do are not natural acts. There will no doubt be cruelty involved in making them perform." Shirley Galligan from Born Free foundation added: "This is degrading for animals, insulting to our intelligence and a disaster for any possible chance of increasing respect for wild animals we share the world with. The Shanghai Animal Olympics is about domination and manipulation."

Previous games have included kangaroos forced into boxing matches with their supposed keepers and a monkey cycling while tied by the collar to a children's bike. Other events have included a sea lion high jump and a tug of war between an elephant and audience members, with more than 300 animals involved.

The forth of biannual events at the Shanghai Wildlife Park has attracted thousands of visitors, including rapturous school children. But the 'cruelty Olympics' are held just before the human Olympics take place in Beijing.

The Captive Animals Protection Society is writing the Chinese Ambassador in London to complain about the event. "The abuse of animals is clear. The bears, for example, will be very distressed when forced to wear muzzles, chained and made to fight," said Redmond. Protests from animal rights groups have been felt by the Chinese Government, which is keen to improve its international reputation in both animal and human rights. This year's Olympics could therefore be the last.

An elephant is forced to carry the torch by two animal handlers. Getty photo

Sickening "Animal Olympics" Forces Kangaroos To Box Humans For Entertainment
SOURCE:, 9/29/06 An Australian kangaroo receives a fierce blow to the head by a man dressed in a clown suit in a shameful contest that will further fuel fears over China's barbaric attitude to animals. The bizarre marsupial-versus-human bout happened during the so-called Animal Olympics in Shanghai. Animal rights campaigners say the Chinese have an appalling poor record for animal rights protection and have no laws to protect them.

In the fight, the Australian kangaroo appears to reel backwards after a right hook from a garishly attired opponent. But the 'roo, wearing boxing gloves on his front paws, fought back, grappling with the clown who was forced back towards the ropes The kangaroo is one of 300 'athletes' taking part in the annual event, now in its fourth year, at the Shanghai Wild Animal Park.

The event held in a large arena also involves an elephant carrying the Olympic torch and various animals including zebras and mountain goats put through a series of events such as hurdles and races. Also pictured at the event yesterday were bears standing with boxing gloves on their paws during another distasteful performance. The Daily Mail reported the barbaric sport of horse fighting where cheering crowds took bets on which stallion would win a bloody battle.

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Bears stand in boxing gloves. Reuters photo

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Dear Sir/Madam,

I respectfully ask you to make enforceable animal protection laws a priority before the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. China's global image continues to deteriorate as it allows horror shows such as the recent Animal Olympics at the Shanghai Wild Animal Park. This absurd spectacle reinforced the call for a boycott of Chinese tourism, goods, and the 2008 Olympic Games.

To turn China's "Golden Week" holiday (in early October) into a moneymaker, Shanghai's fourth annual Animal Olympics forced over 300 animals including cheetahs, lions, tigers, bears, macaques, poodles, a Golden Monkey, a chimpanzee, a zebra, a llama and an elephant to execute foolish tricks against a backdrop of loud pop music.

Among the appalling images to emerge in international press, juvenile Moon Bears pummel each other in a staged boxing match. Other Moon Bears must stand and clap their hands for an entire day. A black bear poised unsteadily atop a small scooter has to peddle a human performer across a tightrope. Two more bears wobble dangerously on horses who parade before spectators.

Gloved kangaroos are punched in the head during staged fights with trainers dressed as clowns. A cycling monkey is bound to a child's bike by the collar and chimpanzees are coerced into lifting heavy weights. Poodles balance on their hind legs for hours. Sea lions lumber through a high-jump event. Zebras are goaded over hurdles as they race around a track and an elephant is coaxed into clutching a torch in his sensitive trunk.

Clearly, trainers must bully wild animals into performing unnatural stunts in close proximity to onlookers. To pose with people for photos that cost around $1.25-2.50 in U.S. currency, animals are chained and crudely declawed. Many, like one brown bear in a sailor suit, have their mouths wired shut. One blind, clawless Moon Bear is prodded with a metal stick each time he fidgets during daylong photo sessions.

If China hopes to mend its stunning record of animal abuse, the government must make visible strides to protect wild and companion animals. Bear bile farms, live animal markets, the dog/cat fur trade, and sweeping dog massacres as a form of rabies "control" tarnish your reputation. Exhibits such as an Animal Olympics further degrade Chinese culture even more so as the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games promotes a "Green Olympics" and "One World One Dream" slogan.

Yes, human and non-human animals DO share "One World" and the Olympics ought to celebrate life. Exhibitions of human mastery over terrified animals do not fulfill this vision. Ongoing negative media attention may ensure this is China's last Olympics.

Please keep me informed of new legislation to safeguard wild and domestic animals from all forms of abuse. I am eager to know about any action to initiate momentous reforms for animals in China.


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Two bears are cruelly forced to ride on horses for the entertainment of the Chinese locals. One of many unnatural acts animals are forced to do as part of the Animal Olympic Games. AP photo

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