In a video that circulated on the Chinese social network Weibo, which is similar to Twitter, what appeared to be a toy vending machine was shown. However, inside there were cats and dogs, which were offered as prizes for the players.
The recording was made in a Shanghai shopping center and was released by Chinese model Xiao Wen Ju, who has more than three million followers on Weibo.
The clip shows a machine with three small cages that several animals had to share. They were equipped with food containers, pillows, and a thin ventilation grill on one side.
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After the publication, the critics did not wait. The Yi Chong Yi Wu company, the owner of the machine, was forced to recall the machine.
“We have sincerely understood the suggestions made by Internet users. At the same time, We decided to close the project to make its respective rectification”The company said in a statement.
He also noted that “the machine will not be placed in crowded places, such as shopping malls, before a new plan is published. Meanwhile, we will improve the problems of the machine and the interactive process.
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The controversial artifact was part of an event that was held in a shopping center as part of the Halloween celebration.
According to the company, 14 animals were part of the ‘exhibition’, but none were injured during the dayWell, they say, the company’s staff fed the pets and cleaned the cages several times during the day.
In addition, it was also specified that, after removing the machine, the animals were given in adoption.
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This would not be the first time that images of this type of devices have been recorded, because, in 2019, Peta (an organization that defends the rights of animals) published a statement in which it called for attention to the Chinese authorities for allowing these machines that offer living things as rewards ..
“Animals are not disposable toys. (…) They are not ours to use in fleeting moments of fun or to give away at carnivals“, Said at that time the organization
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Peta also denounced that “other sensitive living beings, such as lobsters, turtles and crabs, are sold in these machines in many countries, even in the United States. These animals are intelligent and capable of suffering like cats or dogs ”.