Young Exhausted Moon Bear Assaulted, Kicked After Faltering In Chinese Circus

Circuses are no sanctuary for the animals that are forced to act in them. And while they continue to operate in countries all over the world, a recent example of such cruelty in China’s Fujian Zoo is helping turn the tide of public opinion against animal entertainment.

A young moon bear was being coerced through dance steps in front of audiences at the Fujian Zoo when its trainer, unhappy with the bear’s performance, kicked the animal between the legs.

The incident was caught on video, recorded by an audience member who said the trainer had kicked the bear more than once before the footage was captured.

“Audiences kept shouting, ‘Don’t kick the bear!'” the man says. “The tamer ignored us.”

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