World Tour Stops at Local Café to Draw Attention to Plight of Bears Used for Entertainment

For Immediate Release:
May 27, 2019

Makati — Fresh from a gallery show in Beijing’s prestigious 798 Art Zone, PETA’s striking collection of dozens of bear images painted by top Chinese artists and celebrities is hitting Manila. The exhibit—which includes artwork from the Chinese painting master Cui Zimo; the designer of the 2008 Beijing Olympic medals, Xiao Yong; one of the highest-paid Chinese movie actors, Shu Qi; TV drama superstar Wu Xiubo; and Meteor Garden‘s Barbie Hsu—aims to draw attention to the plight of bears used in circuses. The exhibition is on display at Local Edition’s Perea Street location (116 Perea St., Legaspi Village, Makati) until Friday, May 31, when it will head to Los Angeles.

“Over 80 of China’s most caring artists, actors, and other stars have helped PETA by creating beautiful pieces highlighting the importance of protecting bears,” says PETA Vice President Jason Baker. “This evocative exhibition celebrates the spirit of the bear and will send viewers in the Philippines a strong message: Don’t support circuses or other attractions that exploit animals, either here or abroad.”

PETA’s investigation into China’s Suzhou circuses revealed that bears were forced through the constant threat of violence to hula-hoop, box, and play trumpets. Bear cubs were strung up by their necks for hours to train them to stand on their hind legs, and the animals endured numerous other forms of abuse as well. While bears in the wild may roam up to hundreds of kilometers, those in circuses are denied the opportunity to hibernate and are routinely held in dog kennel–size cages when not performing, leading to psychological distress, arthritis, pressure sores, and other debilitating health conditions.

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