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Shanghai zoo bans commercial performances of animals
www.chinaview.cn 2006-09-30 20:20:52

Shanghai Zoo is banning the exploitation of animals for commercial performances, local media reported on Saturday.

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    SHANGHAI, Sept. 30 (Xinhua) -- Shanghai Zoo is banning the exploitation of animals for commercial performances, local media reported on Saturday.

    "We should change our thinking from the use of animals for commercial purpose to their real protection," Xiong Chengpei, head of the zoo, was quoted as saying by the Oriental Morning Post.

    The zoo would hold educational science exhibitions instead of staging recreational "stunt shows" with animals, he said.

    The sea lion show would continue, but would focus on science education.

    "The zoo will depend mainly on ticket sales for revenue after the commercial activities cease," he said.

    The 50-year-old Shanghai Zoo has seen a steady growth of 50,000 to 70,000 visitors a year, he said.

    Last year, the number of visitors reached 1.7 million. Enditem

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