A southern China aquarium has caught the attention of many people for the fact that it is home to the saddest polar bear in the world.
Over 285,000 people signed a petition to close the aquarium in which animals seem to have a hard life. The sad bear is known as Pizza, and it lives in an enclosure inside the Grandview shopping center of Guangzhou.
Many people, especially Hong Kong animal rights activists, regard this aquarium as a terrible animal prison, but according to Li Chengtang, deputy manager of the aquarium, the bear is truly happy. Everyone took Li’s statement as hypocrisy because you only need to see a picture with the bear to understand how unhappy it is.
Even a child can tell by looking at the bear’s picture that this animal has a miserable life in the aquarium. After the theme park’s officials had found out how bad their reputation had become, they invited members from Animal Asia, the Hong Kong-based charity, to check the conditions of the aquarium in April.
The foundation announced that there was no sign that the animals would be rehoused, or the park would be closed. Other species of mammals live in the aquarium such as walrus calves, beluga whales, and arctic wolves.
According to Dave Neale, Welfare director of the animal group, the aquarium’s officials gave their word that they would improve the conditions in which the animals live after such a massive pressure from the public.
This pressure had previously paid off when a zoo from Hanoi decided to assure better conditions for tigers and bears, to end animal circus, and to unchain elephants.
Neale underlined that doing nothing for these animals will change nothing whereas when people gather together and do their best to collaborate with each other their work will eventually pay off.
Even if China’s economy is no longer so great compared to a few years ago, the park industry is thriving because people enjoy this type of entertainment, but most of them do not understand that a lot of these animals are imprisoned and unhappy.
There are over 39 ocean theme parks in China and around a third of them will be open in the next two years. Hopefully, that polar bear will no longer be so sad, and the park’s management will be improved.