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‘The Performance’ is a disturbing, but important film about animal abuse in China’s zoos, circuses and animal parks.

In conjunction with a new report by Hong Kong-based Animals Asia, ‘The Performance’ exposes the cruel treatment of animals such as black bears, big cats, monkeys and elephants for the entertainment of live audiences, who are unaware of the suffering they are supporting. The film is part of an effort to get animal welfare legislation laws – of which there are none in China – drafted and passed.

Beaten throughout its life, declawed, de-toothed and kept in unsanitary conditions – this is the life of a Chinese circus animal.

Watch ‘The Performance’, hosted by Terry Waite, British humanitarian and former hostage of 4 years:

Additional resources:

Environment Films – The Performance

Animals Asia – Cruel and abusive practices at Chinese zoos, report says