One woman’s battle against illegal animal performances in China
The apartment circus
The year was 2020, and we were in a small town in Shangqiu, Henan.
The new apartment complex across from the city hall had just put up a large tent with red and blue stripes. It was the last day of the National Day holiday, and the tent was packed with over 100 children and adults. They were waiting to see a free circus show.
Inside the tent, a four-meter-tall chain-link fence separated the audience from a small performance space. Various props were arranged around the stage.