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Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Pigs can fly: Chinese May Day celebration criticised for pushing pigs off bridge

A city in central China has been criticised for hosting a tourist attraction which saw pigs being pushed off a bridge into a lake

A tourism official in central China came up with a novel way of entertaining visitors to Shiyan Lake, by creating a show featuring "flying" pigs.

The animals were herded onto a bridge above the lake in Changsha. Identified by red numbers painted on their sides, the pigs were then driven off the bridge by a man holding a stick, and splashed into the water below.

In photos published on the Facebook page of Chinese state broadcaster CCTV, groups of tourists stood on the side, taking photos of the spectacle.
The controversial event was defended by Shi Huang, who organised it.

"The piglets are carefully trained to perform this special stunt and they get well rewarded with food," he said, according to Mail Online. "And once they get over their nerves they clearly enjoyed it.



Anonymous said...

Its food people! Never played with your food before? Smdh!

Anonymous said...

All animals have feelings however
I doubt they were hurt during this

Anonymous said...

Who's to say that, after animal behavioral modification using food as the incentive (what we would call training), that the pigs didn't like the jump and swim? We train dogs to jump in the water all the time, and when the dogs come back to shore, their tails are wagging in a big way.