Mainland park moves to ban feeding spectacle

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 29 January, 1995, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 29 January, 1995, 12:00am

SHENZHEN Safari Park has banned live chickens from being thrown into a tiger enclosure by visitors just two weeks after a Sunday Morning Post report highlighted the practice.

Tourists were paying $20 a time to buy the chickens before hurling them to the tigers.

The park, at Xili Lake, has also agreed to stop all 'performances', including a parade which saw tigers, bears and other animals led around a football pitch while visitors looked on.

The decision follows a meeting between the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and park authorities last week, when IFAW announced it would help introduce a programme to improve the park.

Park deputy general manager Hong Lingdong expressed concern, however, that people would not visit the park if an interesting alternative for the performances and the parade were not found.