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‘Abuse and torture’: The dark side of China’s booming marine park business

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HORRIFYING scenes of abuse and torture of wild ocean animals have been uncovered in a disturbing new investigation that explores the dark side of China’s booming aquarium business.

Al Jazeera’s 101 East sent undercover investigators behind the scenes of 15 of China’s biggest marine parks, only to discover what reporter Steve Chao describes as, “widespread neglect and abuse.”

“Animals meant to roam the oceans are being confined in horrific conditions, resulting in many deaths,” Chao says.

“For years we’d heard about terrible conditions in China’s aquariums but the extent of animal suffering and cruelty was hard to fathom.”

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Marine parks are big business in China. With a booming middle class with money to spend, the holiday sites and novelty attractions are more popular than ever. There are over 60 multi-million-dollar marine theme parks alone, with more than 36........

© Asian Correspondent