The slow death of Chinese rural circuses


Yongqiao, in northern Anhui, is considered the birthplace of Chinese circus with more than 300 companies, employing over 20,000 people.

In 2010 entered into force a new law for the protection of wild animals and some shows were stopped. Circus industry has inevitably entered into crisis. Zheng Guo Wu, is an animal trainer for over 30 years. This law has been a strong blow to this family. "For us, animals are like children, how could we ever hurt him?" According to Zhang, circus is not a synonym of animal abuse, they spent all their money and all their time to follow the animals. Zhang family owned three lions, two bears, two monkeys and three dogs.


Pictures by Wu Fang