Animals are being kept in tiny cages in the hot sun, all so that humans might be more entertained with a game.
As a kid, you probably spent time at the fairgrounds riding Ferris wheels and throwing darts at balloons. But one game you probably didn’t test your skills at was a ‘Shoot The Hoop’ game, which uses frightened animals as props.
In Han Park, located in Guanghan City, Sichuana Province, the controversial game is an option to the public. As Huanqiu.com reports, punters are encouraged to toss plastic hoops over the cages containing the animals. If they successfully land a hoop over one of the cages, they win a fluffy toy.
There appears to be no purpose whatsoever to using the animals as props, which is why news of the act has sparked heated debate online.
Many point out the cruelty of keeping the turtles, rabbits, budgies, tortoises, and ducks enclosed in tiny cages, and they have a point.
There’s no room for the animals to move, defacate, or even hide away from the loud and boisterous public.
Pictures of the park reveal at least 20 multi-colored cages that have been laid out on the ground. The animals have been placed directly under the sun, with no shade to keep them cool. In addition, large rocks have been placed on top to keep the frightened creatures from escaping.
Chinese media describes many of the animals as listless and completely drained of energy.
Locals upset by the disgraceful set-up told local reporters that the game was so cruel, children should not be allowed to participate. So far, there have been no reports of intervention from authorities.
As a result, Chinese activists have taken to Weibo, China’s equivalent of Twitter, to describe how the game was cruel treatment of animals.
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