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Framing Fearful Symmetry

August 6, 2011

“Brutality to an animal is cruelty to mankind – it is only the difference in the victim.” ~ Alphonse de Lamartine

China announced a ban on animal circuses —all 300 state-owned ones of them. It’s a huge step for animals, considering how they’re treated at circuses—and in zoos—not only in China but around the world. [read full article]

MEANWHILE BACK AT THE RANCH:

One of the emaciated tigers in a cage at the Xiongshen Tiger and Bear Mountain Village in Guilin, China

Dying breed: One of the emaciated tigers in a cage at the Xiongshen Tiger and Bear Mountain Village in Guilin, China

Behind rusted bars, a skeletal male tiger lies panting on the filthy concrete floor of his cage, covered in sores and untreated wounds. His once-fearsome body is so emaciated it is little more than a pitiful pile of fur and bones.

Death is surely a matter of days away and can only come as a welcome release. Wardens at the wildlife park in southwest China say, indifferently, that they do not expect him to see the start of the Year of the Tiger which began last Sunday.

‘What can we do?’ a female park official asks a small huddle of visitors with a sigh and a casual shrug. ‘He’s dying”. [read full article]

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