- Animal appears drugged as parents and children queue up for mementos
PUBLISHED: 11:05 GMT, 16 January 2013 | UPDATED: 14:27 GMT, 16 January 2013
Shocking video emerged today showing a dazed and confused tiger being smacked in the head with sticks while being forced to pose for photographs with tourists.
The tiger, which appears to have been drugged, is seen slumped on a table as excited parents and children queue up to sit next to the endangered animal.
To ensure it keeps facing the camera, two men armed with white sticks bash it in the face and neck.
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It is not clear where or when the video was taken or who is organising the photographs, which are very likely to have been laid on for financial gain.
One commenter said: ‘I was seriously hoping this video would end with one of those two guys mauled.’
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In January last year, the Chinese government banned zoos from putting on cruel animal performances after increased pressure from outraged animal rights groups.
A study by Animals Asia in 2010 found bears were often whipped and beaten with sticks, elephants were prodded with metal hooks, while tigers and lions were made to endure chronic pain by being defanged and declawed.
But months after the ban came into force, some zoos were found to still be flouting the law.