Orange with media servicesPosted on Sunday March 21, 2021 at 3:00 PM.
This institution opened its doors a few days ago in Northeast China in Harbin, the capital of a province on the border with Russian Siberia. The hotel is within reach of animal rights activists.
The hotel looks like a huge igloo topped with artificial snow.
Large glass windows in the rooms allow guests to have a panoramic view of the bears installed in the central courtyard, topped by a glass roof and where ponds, rocks and artificial stalactites are installed. The large mammals, which are considered an endangered species, are photographed by many visitors under strong artificial light.
“The place of polar bears is in the Arctic, not in zoos or glass aquariums – and certainly not in hotels,” answered Jason Baker, Asia Vice President of the Society for Human Defense. Beta Animals, headquartered in the US states. He deplores the Foundation for “exploiting animal distress,” while wild polar bears generally extend over several thousand kilometers.
‘Stuck in a small space’
In France, journalist Hugo Clement was also angry at the fate of these animals. “A Chinese hotel displays polar bears to entertain its customers. These animals that travel hundreds of kilometers in the wild are stuck in a small space behind windows,” he denounced on Twitter.
Also on Chinese social networks, many netizens said on Friday that they were uncomfortable with this hotel that opened in Harbin Polar Park, the city’s theme park. One Weibo user said, “Panoramic Polar Bears Prison … So did we learn nothing about animal cruelty?”
Chinese law does not protect endangered species
A spokesman for the Chinese Protection Network told AFP that “loopholes in the Chinese wildlife protection law allow some companies to exploit animals without worrying about their welfare.”
China, shocked by the Covid-19 outbreak at the end of 2019 in Wuhan, has banned the consumption of most wildlife. But at present, there is no law prohibiting the use of endangered species for medicinal or recreational purposes, particularly in circuses where living conditions for animals are sometimes difficult.
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