Published on : Monday, January 30, 2017
Months after the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden was harshly criticized by people from all over the world for killing a lowland gorilla ‘Harambe’ after a toddler fell into the gorilla enclosure, a Chinese zoo decided to repeat the same incident, only this time the victim was an endangered tiger, which had to lose its life as a man decided to enter the tiger enclosure so that he could save the admission fee of £15 .
The horrific incident occurred on 28th January, Saturday; which, ironically, was exactly eight months after the Cincinnati incident took place. The incident occurred inside the Ningbo Younger Zoo near the Dongqian Lake, placed in China’s Zhejiang province. Instead of buying £15 ticket to enter the zoo, the man in question ‘Mr. Zhang’ climbed the fence of the tiger enclosure along with his friend, while his wife and his friend’s wife along with his two children opted to buy tickets to enter the zoo.
The local authorities informed that while his friend stayed back, Zhang climbed a wall after passing a wire netting. After he entered the enclosure, the tigers started to attack him. The eye witnesses informed that he was seen to be lying down inside the enclosure and tigers were circling him. In order to save the man, the local police decided to shot one of the tigers dead and three more tigers were dispersed with the help of fire crackers. According to sources, the man could not survive the attack and died at the hospital later.
Instead of using tranquillisers on the tiger, the local police and the zoo officials decided to kill the endangered big-cat, which was only following its natural instinct.
The animal right activist group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), was seen to be protesting against the zoo officials for the incident.
The vice president of international campaigns of PETA, Jason Baker stated that attacks by captive big cats on people, which occur with staggering regularity, illustrate the profound level of stress, anxiety and agitation these animals experience every day of their lives.
Events after events suggest that instead of strengthening the security measures inside the zoo premises or ensuring the safety of both the visitors and animals, the authorities of the zoos spread across the world prefer to pick the gun and shoot the animals to handle any kind of crisis.