The infamous clip of a bear cub being tormented for amusement on Korean TV network SBS’s “Animal Farm” was shown on Fuji TV this week, so that a studio audience of Japanese celebrities could laugh at the animal writhing in mortal fear.
There are a few expressions of pity for the bear, but it’s mostly laughs from the audience. The bear’s experience is presented as an opportunity for him to “learn” how to be strong. At the end of the clip, we can see the results of one month of “training”: the bear is now able to torment the monkey that it once feared.
According to a post over at Korea blog ZenKimchi, a representative of MoonBears.org reported that the South Korean zoo apologized for ethical violations (a fact conveniently left out of Fuji TV’s broadcast):
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