A Chinese circus is being condemned for animal cruelty after a video emerged online showing a white horse being attacked by a lion and tiger during a rehearsal. Disturbing footage shows a tiger pouncing on a horse’s back while a lion bites at the horse’s legs. Trainers are shown beating the tiger and lion with whips in an effort to free the horse.
According to the Daily Mail, the horse only suffered minor injuries and is expected to make a full recovery. Mr Xu, a staff member from Taiyang Circus, told btime.com that the crew had been practicing for a show where the tiger and lion would be riding the saddled horse. The performance was scheduled to take place in Cangzhou, Hebel Province.
The incident took place last month, and Mr. Xu explained the lion and tiger behaved just like wild animals; four workers used whips and long poles to hit the wild cats until they released the horse. The circus has owned all the animals since they were very young, and there was supposedly no danger to any of the humans involved.
Social media insists the government investigate the circus with the majority of comments on social media Weibo agreeing the animal cruelty involved should be stopped.
(Photos at Chinese circus screenshots via Asia Wire)
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