Donkey thrown to tigers in debt dispute – Asia for Animals seeks answers

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Letter addressed to:

Mr Xu Weiyong
No. 199 Wuyizhonlu
Yangcheng Wild Animal World
Wujin, Changzhou
Jiangsu
China

徐卫勇董事长
淹城野生动物世界
江苏省常州市武宜中路199号

yczoo@yczoo.com

6th June 2017

2017年6月


Dear Mr Xu Weiyong,

尊敬的徐卫勇董事长

We are writing on behalf of the Asia for Animals Coalition, representing international animal welfare and conservation organisations. We express our deep concern with regards to media reports and footage documenting incidents of animal cruelty at the Yangcheng Wild Animal World.

我谨代表国际动物福利组织组成的亚洲动物联盟给您致函。我们对于近期淹城野生动物世界一头活驴被投喂的视频以及相应的媒体报道深表忧虑。

Chinese and international media are reporting that a disgruntled shareholder of the Yangcheng Wild Animals World organised a group of men to seize animals, including a donkey, in order to remove and sell them. The shareholder was reportedly unsatisfied with a court ruling that all assets, including zoo equity and animals, are currently frozen in a debt dispute.

国内外媒体报道都称,此次事件为淹城野生动物世界某股东的个人行为。一群人试图将包括一头毛驴在内的动物转运售卖。据报道,该股东是因为对法院冻结动物园资产和动物的裁决不满而做出以上行为。

The reports claim that the shareholder was prevented from removing the animals by zoo security. Apparently angered by this, and captured on video, the group of men are filmed tipping the donkey from a flat-bed truck directly into the water-filled moat surrounding the tiger enclosure. Onlookers were reported as saying that the men subsequently tried to throw a live goat in too, but were stopped by visitors and security staff.

报道称,该股东在试图运出动物时受到阻止。一气之下,这群人将一头毛驴从货车推入老虎笼舍的水沟里,全程都有视频记录。他们还试图将其他动物投喂,但被游客和安保人员制止。

Asia for Animals coalition member, The Donkey Sanctuary, has publicly stated that, ‘the welfare of this donkey has been utterly ignored. The actions of these individuals could only have had one possible outcome – the drawn-out and excruciatingly painful death of a frightened animal. And yet they seem to enjoy what they are doing. What they have done is inexcusable, and the Park authorities need to ensure it never happens again.’

亚洲动物联盟的成员,英国毛驴救护中心认为,“这头毛驴的福利完全被忽略。这些人的做法只有一个可能的结果受惊吓的毛驴在极度疼痛下漫长的折磨。然而他们似乎还在享受自己的所作所为。这样的行为是不可原谅的,动物园管理机构应该保证此类事情不再发生。”

We are seeking your urgent clarification of this incident. If the news reports are correct, what steps are being taken by Yangcheng Wild Animal World to ensure that this shareholder does not seek to seize further animals? And what policy do you have on feeding live animals to captive animals?

我们希望贵单位可以做出进一步说明。如果新闻报道属实,将要采取什么措施,以防止类似的事件再次发生,以及贵司是否制定活体投喂的政策。


Sent on behalf of the following organisations:

谨代表以下组织致信:

  1. Animal Guardians 动物守护神
  2. Animal People 动物公民
  3. Animals Asia Foundation 亚洲动物基金
  4. ACRES 动物关注研究和教育社团
  5. Blue Cross of India 印度蓝十字会
  6. Change for Animals Foundation 为动物改变基金会
  7. Earth Island Institute 地球岛屿协会
  8. Elephant Aid International 国际大象援助
  9. Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations 印度动物保护组织联盟
  10. Help Animals India 印度帮助动物组织
  11. Humane Society International 美国国际人道对待动物协会
  12. International Animal Rescue 国际动物援救
  13. Philippine Animal Welfare Society 菲律宾动物福利协会
  14. Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals 英国皇家防止虐待动物协会
  15. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Hong Kong 香港爱护动物协会
  16. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Sarawak 沙捞越防止虐待动物协会
  17. The Donkey Sanctuary 毛驴救护中心
  18. World Animal Protection 世界动物保护协会

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Mr. Zhao Shucong
Director of the State Forestry Administration
State Forestry Administration
No 18, Hepingli Dongjie
Beijing 100714
China

赵树丛局长
国家林业局
北京市东城区和平里东街18号
邮政编码: 100714

Xia Chunsheng
Jiangsu Forestry Bureau
No. 22 Huaimendajie, Nanjing,
Jiangsu 210000

夏春胜局长
江苏省林业局
南京市定淮门大街22号
邮政编码 210000

Ding Chun
Mayor of Changzhou
19th Floor, Building B, No. 1 Building, No. 1280 Longcheng Av. Changzhou
Jiangsu 210000

丁纯 市长
常州市人民政府
常州市龙城大道1280号1号楼B座19层
邮政编码 213000

Mr Zheng
Secretary General
China Association of Zoological Gardens
No.6009, Building C, No.13 of San Lihe Road
Beijing
The People’s Republic of China
100037

郑广大 秘书长
中国动物园协会
地址:北京市三里河路13号C座6009号
邮编:100037


Featured image: still frame from video of the incident. Credit Trollwood, YouTube, fair use.

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