Pola Bear Hotel: China’s Shame

Bizarre polar bear hotel ’where guests can watch miserable beasts from their rooms is slammed by activists

A new hotel is set to open where guests can watch sad polar bears round-the-clock from the comfort of their rooms.

Billed as the first of its kind in the world, it officially opens its gates for visitors in Harbin Polar Land in the north-eastern Chinese province of Heilongjiang this week.

The main building of the 'Harbin Polar Land', in the city of Harbin

The £ 11m hotel is being advertised as providing the extraordinary experience of having polar bears as “neighbors 24 hours a day”.

It is equipped with a total of 33 pieces of tempered glass spread across all functional areas of the hotel.

The intensely lit cage consists of artificial stones and icicles and a white painted floor.
Harbin Polar Land is built so that all 33 window rooms face the enclosure.

The hotel management promises visitors on the website: “You can watch the polar bears from every room through the armored glass and  ” sleep together ” with them at night.”

The project cost 100 million yuan, the equivalent of almost 15 million Swiss francs.
“The world’s first polar bear hotel”, as the operators proudly announce, was designed jointly by the famous Russian designer Kozylenko Natalia Yefremovna and the famous Japanese designer of the theme park Shuji Miyajima.

The polar bears can be seen through the glass from any room where visitors can observe the daily life of the animals.

But animal-rights activists have urged guests to stay away from the hotel.

PETA vice president Asia Jason Baker said: “PETA urges patrons to stay away from this hotel and any other establishment that profits from animals’ misery. “

Mr. Baker said the polar bears were active for up to 18 hours a day in nature, roaming home ranges that can span thousands of miles, where they enjoy real life.

Mr. Baker added: “Polar bears belong in the Arctic, not in zoos or glass boxes in aquariums – and certainly not in hotels. The greedy, exploitative aquarium industry, which is out of place in today’s increasingly aware world, is built on the suffering of intelligent, social beings who are denied everything that’s natural and important to them.”

“Gaps in the Chinese animal protection law allow companies to exploit animals without regard to their welfare,” a spokesman for the China Animal Protection Network told AFP.

The inside of a room at the hotel


And I mean… Seriously, there were two famous designers at work? The design couldn’t be more amateurish and unimaginative!

A kitschy aesthetic with science fiction format that is repulsive even without bears and would hardly attract any guest with a taste.

So … China has set up a new zoo.

Zoos in other countries are no better either, with the difference that the prisoners get fresh air and sun.
Polar bears belong in the Arctic and that is a fact that not only applies to China.

It is primitive and immoral to stare at captive animals as objects and anyone who keeps animals in tiny prisons for public entertainment must be classified as cruel animal abusers and should stop doing so.

We’re not just talking about the shameful Bear Hotel in China, which is a shame for this country.

We condemn the captivity of all other animals around the world that are abused and exploited in the cages, terrariums, and enclosures of zoos.

And will fight to have them abolished.

My best regards to all, Venus


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