Animal Rescue Instagram Sparks Outrage After Calling China ‘Disgusting’
By Bryan Ke
March 17, 2020
A popular animal rescue page on Instagram has been called out for its post calling China disgusting amid the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
The animal rescue page Black Jaguar-White Tiger Foundation also blamed the country for destroying the planet in its now-deleted Instagram post.
“This is why China has those viruses sprouting,” the animal rescue organization said. “They’re destroying the planet. Sharks, Lions, Tigers, Jaguars, Pangolins, Dogs, Cats, etc. They destroy everything. 1 country has 20 percent of the world’s population? Disgusting…”
The post was suddenly taken down after being called out by many Instagram users. However, instead of apologizing, the Instagram page expressed that they stood by what they said regardless of the initial post being deleted.
The above post has also since been deleted, as of this writing.
In the post, the user alleged that the previous post was deleted, but not by them. It remains unclear why it was taken down.
Some commenters agreed with the page’s sentiment, resorting to judging an entire country based on the actions of only a few people.
In February, the Chinese government had officially banned the selling and consumption of wild animals in the country. Those who are caught breaking this law will be “severely punished.”
Black Jaguar-White Tiger was founded by Eduardo Serio, who has been rescuing animals since October 2013, according to its official page. The foundation began its operations in 2015 and became a full-fledged 501(c)(3) nonprofit, tax-exempt organization in 2016.
As a nonprofit organization, Black Jaguar-White Tiger’s mission is to “inspire more people to learn, get involved, and to take action for the conservation of Big Felines and other Animals at large.”
They have been working for over four years to rescue, rehabilitate and preserve animals through their foundation.
Feature Image via @blackjaguarwhitetiger
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