PETA’S National Education Tour Hits Beijing International Studies University

For Immediate Release:
May 12, 2015

Beijing — Most students at Beijing International Studies University have probably never witnessed firsthand the abuses endured by animals in the entertainment industry, so PETA Asia is bringing the industry to their doorstep as one of the stops on its eight-city 2015 college tour. Supporters will converge on the campus to set up a large circus-style tent, which will educate passersby about the unique capabilities of animals and the cruelty and neglect that they are routinely subjected to in zoos, circuses, and other entertainment venues. Students will have the chance to watch a shocking video showing animals who have been driven insane by their confinement and exhibit behavior such as pacing, biting the bars of their cages, and slamming themselves against the sides of their enclosures. They will also have the opportunity to see a bullhook—a sharp torture device that is used to force elephants to perform—and a leg shackle, which is used to prevent elephants from taking more than one step in any direction.

When:             Thursday, May 14, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Where:           Beijing International Studies University, 1 Dingfuzhuang Nanli, Chaoyang District, Beijing

“College is a time to learn about the world around us and consider how we can make it a better place, and PETA Asia’s new display aims to give students an idea of how animals suffer in the entertainment industry,” says Chi, PETA’s college tour coordinator. “We’re calling on students—and all caring people—to steer clear of any outfits profiting from the abuse of intelligent, sensitive animals.”

PETA Asia—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment”—explains that animals in circuses and zoos are deprived of proper nutrition and the natural socialization process that is necessary for normal development. In an unnatural setting, animals such as elephants, tigers, and lions can and do lash out without warning, injuring and killing children and adults. The Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development has proposed a nationwide ban on all animal performances, which are not only dangerous but also cruel, as animals are beaten into submission and forced to perform unnatural, stressful, and difficult tricks under the threat of physical punishment.

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