Beijing's oldest zoo has paired with an animal rights organization to spread the word about the cruelty involved with training animals to perform in shows, marking a huge advance for China's animal welfare campaigners.
The exhibit, titled "Not Born to Perform," runs until April 15 and was organized by the Animals Asia Foundation. It's meant to be seen as a message to other zoos, to educate "on why animal performances stifle the expression of normal behavior and that is just not right," Zhang Jinguo, the deputy curator of the Beijing Zoo, told the New York Times.
"By agreeing to host the exhibition on their premises, Beijing Zoo has set a precedent for all other zoological gardens in China," said Pei Xin, the senior animal welfare officer of Animals Asia. "We hope more zoos will join it in making such an outstanding commitment to ending animal performance."