Protest Festival Allowing Tourists to Shoot Arrows at Live Chickens

Target: United States Ambassador to China, Jon Huntsman, Jr.

Goal: Protest Chinese festival where tourists shoot live chickens, forcing them to slowly die as part of a game

At the Jilin Ice Festival in northern China, tourists are handed bows and arrows and allowed to randomly shoot at live chickens. The chickens are hung by their feet from an ice wall and are forced to spend their last moments suffering upside down, waiting for an unskilled archer to strike them.

Even when the chickens are finally hit it is not the end. The tourists are usually not accurate archers, and the chickens do not usually die instantly. Instead, they fall from the ice wall, still breathing, and die a very slow death on the cold ground. They bleed out from a wound in a non-fatal area, all as part of an immense tourist attraction.

Organizers of the event declared that ‘The game was very popular and people enjoyed it,’ and that they ‘plan to do it again next year.’ This festival represents a horrible act of animal cruelty, and needs to be changed. Animals should not have to die torturous deaths for human entertainment, and it is time this festival eliminated the use of live animals in its games. Demand that the festival is changed into an event that is safe for all animals involved.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Ambassador Huntsman,

The Jilin Ice Festival, an annual occurrence in Northern China, is home to a startling act of animal cruelty. Tourists and locals are allowed to shoot down live chickens that have spent the day hanging upside down from an ice wall. The amateur archers who participate in the event usually fail to kill the chickens right away, causing the birds to slowly die after being shot down. This practice is disturbing in its cruelty, and in the effect it must have on the community. Such open displays of violence and cruelty must have unseen repercussions, and it is necessary that this brutal practice be changed or eliminated.

Instead of using live chickens, the festival could employ decoys, fake chickens, or even dead chickens. There is tradition and appeal associated with using the live animals, but such brutality is no longer tolerated in the world. The festival must adapt to a changing world and remove the violence and killing from its agenda.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: james via Flickr

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22 Comments

  1. J Davidson says:

    Unbelievable that anybody would be a party to such atrocities, too horrible for words.

  2. Christine Stewart says:

    People who would enjoy causing a slow lingering death are sadistic and depraved, and likely mistreat the people in their life, too.

  3. Minga Mox says:

    This does not surprise me. It is just one sick thing after another.

  4. Lara Sikora says:

    stupity & ignorant!!!

  5. Michelle Trcka says:

    “We plan to do it again next year and the birds were not wasted, they were all eaten afterwards. The birds were all farm animals and would have died anyway. Why does it matter if it was an arrow or an axe?”

    Okay, using that logic, let’s replace farm animals with sick elders. They’re going to die anyway, who cares if they suffer before they do?

    • You’re going to die in time also, should we do the same to you ? Totally stupid comment !!

      • Alison Lamont says:

        I think you’re missing the sarcasm in the comment (ie she wasn’t seriously suggesting they replace chickens with elders)

    • look the future is before you, you will be sick and old and in your logic you’re going to die anyway, who cares if you suffer before you do?

    • You are so stupid. They should die for natural causes, and not by stupid humans like you,

    • valerie Gayrimond says:

      That is somewhat true and what is being said here is from someone facing reality. Unless you are a vegetarian, there’s no point protesting here. Many people go to the supermarket and buy their chicken fillets without blinking. In fact, what the birds are submitted to in a slaughterhouse is no different to what is happening here. In China, you will buy your live animal in the market and it will be killed and prepared in front of u. This is the reality of the meat trade at the end of the day, the fact you do not see it keeps u safe but makes you a complete hypocrite with a disassociation issue. Yes, China has a terrible track record of human rights and animal abuse is rife, but in the USA, you will also find a lot of less in your face animal cruelty in the shape of canned hunting,an out-of -control meat demand, fur farms, animal experiments etc. I signed the petition too but China is a developping country still in many ways, and a very large one at that, it needs some time to evolve.

    • Poor poor innocent animal suffering at the barbaric hands of us humans.

  6. Anbu Rangaswami says:

    Oh God ! Horrible and Cruel… Have some Love and Compassion for these poor animals
    - Anbu

  7. Conrad Penman says:

    please stop this cruel act it isn’t right at all. please where are your feelings they feel pain like we do.

  8. How cruel can you be you all should be ashamed of youself

  9. Not buying chinese products until these people stop torturing animals.

  10. michelle you are a very sick person

    • Alison Lamont says:

      No she’s not. She’s trying to point out the stupidity of their argument by comparing it to a human situation. In other words, using the same logic that they have used it would be equivalent to putting sick elderly people in the firing line and saying it is alright because they are going to die soon anyway. No one would ever condone this for humans so why condone it with animals or birds? That is the point she is making.

  11. lamentable…hay que ser enfermo mental para gozar de semejante espectaculo

  12. I bet most of you people saying that this is wrong are probably eating some chicken. It is wrong to kill an animal for entertainment it is also wrong to kill them just to eat them. If you actually really care about this and think this is wrong, than you should also stop eating them. Cause when they get killed for people to eat, their death isn’t pleasant either.

  13. THESE BARBARIC SCENERIES ARE MONSTERSWORK, NOT HUMANDEGRADING, ABSOLUTELY WRONG & UNACCEPTABLE AND TO BAN IN THE MOMENT! THIS HAS TO STOP IMMEDIATELY!!!!!!

    Pure infantile primitivism – what kind of unhumane monsters are able to handle and destroy LIVING BREATHING CREATURES in that way is unbelievable.

    HAVE YOU ALL LOST YOUR HUMANITY AND BRAIN, FERAL PERSONS RESPONSIBLE??

    People need to vote unacting authorities and officials acting irresponsibly to futuregenerations and living creatures out of occupations ONCE AND FOR ALL!

    DEFORMED UNHUMANE MONSTERS SHOULD SEPARATED AND LOCKED AWAY FROM CIVILIZED CITIZENS FOR DON´T DISTURB THEIR FEELINGS IN A NONHUMANE WAY!

    MONSTERHUNTERS NEEDED

    IT IS TIME N O W TO DEMAND ALL BRUTALIZERS and KILLERS ONTO A LIST TO CONDEMN THEM TO EXTRACHARGE FOR NGO´S working for FUTUREGENERATIONS!

    HOW CAN HUMANS ARE AS MONSTEROUS AS YOU, PERSONS RESPONSIBLE, LET A LIVING CREATURE IN THIS SITUATION – HOPE YOU EARN THE RESULT AS YOU DESERVES!

    THESE KILLING- AND DESTROYING-HABITS ARE TO STOP – UNBEARABLY FOR CIVILIZED BRAINHAVING SOCIETIES AND NOT EXEMPLARY FOR CHILDREN.

    MONSTERS should not have the right to live together with normal humans.

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