Tourists Encouraged To Shoot Arrows At Live Roosters In North China Festival

Tourists encouraged to shoot arrows at live roosters in North China Festival

During the traditional Chinese-Korean traditional archery event – Jilin Province Yanji City Ice Festival,  live roosters were used as targets for tourists to shoot at, causing controversy. Live roosters are strung up by their feet and tourists were encouraged to shoot at them with bows and arrows. The festival is based on an age-old folk custom however the encouragement of a tourist industry around this is felt by many to be profiteering on animal cruelty. Some were left wounded and in agony when the amateur archers failed to kill them. The organizers defended the event saying: “The game was very popular and people enjoyed it.”
“We plan to do it again next year and the birds were not wasted, they were all eaten afterwards.”

 

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