Outrage after Chinese theme park forces pig to bungee jump


A theme park has forced a 220lb pig to bungee jump from a 223-foot-tall tower in a promotional stunt that sparked nationwide outrage and was labelled 'disgusting' by animal welfare activists.

Footage taken on Saturday at the tourist attraction in Chongqing shows the animal whining in desperation as it was bound to a wooden stick and carried by two workers up the structure.

A separate clip then captures workers dragging the pig which was clearly terrified to the edge of the bungee platform, attaching it to a safety harness before pushing it down. 

The pig can be heard screaming repeatedly as it plunged down the tower while being attached to a rope and a blue cape. 

The park has apologised to the public amid the controversy. A spokesperson told local media that the pig had been sent to a slaughterhouse, insisting that it was well.

The controversial incident, branded as 'golden pig bungee jumping', was held by Meixin Red Wine Town in the district of Fuling to celebrate the opening of its bungee tower on the same day.

The amusement park also claimed that it wanted to use the performance to celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year.

But the business faced waves of criticism from the public and animal welfare groups after videos of the event became trending on Chinese social media platforms.  

The pig weighed around 75 kilograms (165 pounds) and was carried up the bungee tower by six workers.

It was taken into a lift to be transported to the top of the tower, accompanied by workers, the report said.

The bungee tower measures 68 metres (223 feet) in height and is erected over a pond. 

Many users of Weibo accused the park of animal abuse.

One typical comment said: 'I cannot understand how such act which involves animal abuse can be funny.'

Another user wrote: 'The pig's screams are heart-rending.'

Animal charity PETA called the stunt 'disgusting' and 'cruelty to animals to its worst'.

PETA Vice President of International Campaigns Jason Baker said: 'A bungee jump is a scary experience even for consenting humans - just imagine the outright terror of being forcibly strung up by your legs and thrown from a high platform. 

'That's the treatment that this pig received, all for a cheap laugh. Well, guess what? No one's laughing.

'Pigs experience pain and fear, just as we do, and this kind of disgusting PR stunt should be illegal.'

Workers at the park denied accusations of animal cruelty, claiming that the bungee jump was just 'an experiment.'

Source: https://www.dailymail.co.uk

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