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Rabbit abuse video highlights animal rights issue

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Animal rights experts are calling for urgent legislation to stop animal cruelty, following the exposure of an emerging business behind widespread videos of rabbit abuse on the Internet.

A woman, who was paid to abuse rabbits to death on a video clip, has reported to the police after angry netizens launched a "human flesh search" on her and found out her identity, Xinhua News Agency reported on Tuesday.

The 26-year-old woman, who uses an alias of Huang Xu, appeared on a four-minute video torturing a little rabbit under her high-heeled shoes and then crushing the creature to death by sitting on a thick glass plate placed on it.

The video was first put on mop.com, a popular Chinese website, and reportedly drew more than 500,000 hits on the first day it was published.

An unidentified friend of Huang said she had been involved in this underground business since 2007, when she put her resume online to find a job. A man contacted her and offered her a job making videos of "preparing salad by foot", which meant Huang's job was to trample fruit with high-heeled shoes.

The man, who was not identified by Huang's friend, reportedly told Huang that the video would only be sold abroad and that each time she trampled a fruit he would give her 100 yuan ($15).

The man gradually required Huang to crush animals such as fish, insects and rabbits, and threatened to release the videos online if she quit, according to Xinhua's report.

Huang said she received 400 yuan for the rabbit job and later quit the business. She has been suffering psychological harassment since then, the report said.

Huang was cited by the report as saying that she hoped the police could find out who was operating the indecent business behind the scenes as soon as possible to stop them from trapping more innocent women.

A famous netizen, Liusuifeng, also revealed on tianya.com, one of the most popular Chinese forums, that these kinds of videos were produced by a group of like-minded people named "crushfetish", who hire women to abuse animals.


(中国日报网英语点津 Helen 编辑)

Rabbit abuse video highlights animal rights issue

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Rabbit abuse video highlights animal rights issue

Lee Hannon is Chief Editor at China Daily with 15-years experience in print and broadcast journalism. Born in England, Lee has traveled extensively around the world as a journalist including four years as a senior editor in Los Angeles. He now lives in Beijing and is happy to move to China and join the China Daily team.