john tiong chunghoo

(Jan 21,1960 / NEW YORK)

Travel Taiwan Haiku - Danshui S American Wildlife Exhibition


killing two birds
with one stone
even the dead ones pull them in.

smart money making
exhibit them while alive and also
when dead

the Amazonian animals
anybody cares why
they are mostly dead?

yes, you can
take pictures he says
but I found the animal mostly dead

At the Danshui waterfront which is about an hour by subway from Taipei main station, I came across a store exhibiting South American Wild life. The attendant said pictures are aloud. It was only when I was
in the exhibition rooms spread over three floors that I was shocked. Most of the animals including crabs, prawns, snakes and mammals were dead ones. I wonder whether they were first exhibited alive and when dead, were shocked in chemical to be shown. Somehow nobody bothers to ask. I found that very strange. Where are the animal lovers and wild life protection organisations?

Submitted: Sunday, August 10, 2008
Edited: Sunday, August 10, 2008

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