Help Release Penguins, Whales and a Polar Bear from the Saddest Zoo in the World
The Grandview Aquarium in Guangzhou, China, opened
the doors to its animal prison on
January 9, 2016, and has already been called "one of the saddest zoos in the
world" because the animals there suffer
from neglect, poor care, lack of stimulation, and lack of natural light. The
zoo is located in a shopping mall.
displays 500 species—including a polar bear, five walrus calves, six young
beluga whales, and two Arctic wolves—in barren enclosures that are too small
for them to engage in natural behavior.
Spectators have reported that animals display
symptoms of zoochosis.
The walrus calves and beluga whales have been observed swimming in circles in
their small tanks, and the bears, Arctic wolves, and foxes pace back and forth
excessively and scratch at the walls. Many captive animals develop such
neurotic and abnormal behavior as the result of literally being driven crazy by
their confinement. Captive marine animals often die years earlier than their
natural life spans from a wide variety of causes, including living in
contaminated water, which might have caused the death of a grouper who was
found dead inside a tank.
The Grandview Aquarium, like all aquariums, is part
of a billion-dollar industry built on the suffering of intelligent, social
beings who are denied everything that is natural and important to them. Many
Chinese citizens have spoken out against the animals' living conditions at the
zoo, and a WeChat post about the appalling facility has gone viral. However, we
need to raise more awareness to help put a stop to this cruel
Your help is urgently needed!
Please send a letter to your local Chinese ambassador, or Song Zhe, the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China in Hong Kong, if your country is not listed below, and ask them to use their influence to close the Grandview Aquarium and ensure the welfare of the animals who are imprisoned there.