4 hotel rooms in China built around a white tiger enclosure in a safari park
Countries around the world are ushering in the Year of the Tiger with places roaring with majestic and festive tiger displays.
A mansion in China has decided to take it up a notch by hosting a live exhibition of the big cat.
The Sendi Tribe Treehouse hotel in eastern China has come under public criticism for animal cruelty after offering suites for guests to view a real tiger from the bedroom window.
The hotel planned to display the tiger in an enclosure inside the suites, leading critics to question the tiger’s lack of basic needs.
However, the plans have been put on hold as authorities are reassessing the feasibility of the project after receiving complaints.
China hotel under fire for live tiger exhibit
According to the South China Morning Post (SCMP), the hotel’s latest promotion drew backlash from the public after videos of room tours went viral on Jan. 20.
In the video, a tiger was seen wandering outside the suite window.
Netizens said keeping the tiger on display was a gross act of abuse and the wrong way to celebrate the Year of the Tiger.
They also wondered about the well-being of the tiger and whether it was well fed.
Plans for CNY gadget will be reassessed
Following concerns, authorities have urged further review of the hotel’s new promotion of rooms.
Sendi Tribe Treehouse Hotel is located in the Nantong Forest Safari Park in Jiangsu Province in eastern China.
An official from the Chongchuan District Culture and Tourism Bureau of Nantong city, where the safari park is located, said he would re-evaluate the “special project”.
The hotel was set to open the suites for lodging, but has since put those plans on hold.
Employees also told SCMP that they have not yet been informed if customers can use the suites.
“Beast rooms” built around the tiger enclosure in the park
According to Daily Mail, the Jiangsu hotel prepared the project as a marketing gimmick to promote the Chinese Year of the Tiger.
They were going to offer 4 rooms, calling them “dumb rooms”.
The rooms have been built around the tiger so guests can see and sleep next to it.
According to a hotel employee, the windows of the enclosure are made of explosion-proof glass so that visitors are safe near the tiger.
The configuration could compromise the safety and well-being of the tiger
After investigation, it was revealed that the local authorities had approved the new project.
However, The Beijing News reported that there were still concerns about how easily the animal could be spooked as the glass is not soundproof.
He said the hotel’s designs protected guests from the tiger with blast goggles but “lacked consideration for the tiger”.
Thus, the authorities urged the hotel to close the display and reconsider launching the CNY promotion.
Treat animals with respect
Planning promotions involving animals should be approached with care and thought.
It may not be wise to use animals as props for human entertainment.
We hope that the authorities will take the appropriate measures and ensure the well-being of the tiger.
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Featured image adapted from SCMP.