A mall in China has come under fire for keeping a number of animals in captivity so that tourists can take selfies with them.
Back in March, a petition was started asking for the Grandview Aquarium to be closed. Grandview is back in the headlines again after photos of a miserable looking polar bear have surfaced — his sole reason for existing in the shopping center is for photo opportunities.
According to Animals Asia, the Grandview shopping center has been dubbed the world’s saddest zoo, and the captive polar bear isn’t the only animal on display. In addition to two polar bears on display, it also includes six young belugas, five walrus calves, a wolf and arctic foxes.
Animals Asia writes: “There is no excuse for any animal to be trapped this way but it’s widely believed that polar bears are one of the hardest of all animals to effectively provide for in captivity. Polar bears often exhibit ‘stereotypic’ behaviour as captivity restricts their natural instincts such as the need to forage.
“Polar bears require huge amounts of space. Large enough for them to walk, run, climb and hunt. The list of what they need is very long – to a point whereby you can only really answer that what a polar bear really ‘needs’ is to be free to live life in the wild.
“This bear has no peace and nothing natural to take comfort in. What’s more information on how best to try to meet the complex physical and behavioural needs of captive polar bears is freely available and yet this animal has been willfully incarcerated in this way.
“We are calling on the Chinese public not to attend this attraction. We are calling for it to be closed down. This is a bear that suffers for what? For selfies? For shopping?”