In the United States and elsewhere in the West, disgruntled corporate shareholders show up at corporate annual meetings and give speeches and shout out loud to vent their frustrations.
In mainland China, angry investors don’t waste time with pointless meetings.
Shareholders investing in Yancheng Safari Park, a zoo near Shanghai, fed a still very much alive donkey to the resident tigers as a protest, NPR reports. The shareholders pushed the donkey into a pond within the tigers’ enclosure. The tigers grabbed the donkey, toyed with it for a while, then took their sweet time taking their meal apart.
(The video cannot be embedded on this website but may be viewed here. There is a little bit of blood in the video but it’s not too graphic.)
The shareholders’ “objections center on the zoo’s debts and legal troubles, which resulted in a court freezing the zoo’s assets. For two years, the shareholders said, they have seen no profits from the zoo. They argue that the court’s decision was unfair, and that the trial is moving too slowly.”
“Shareholders are very unhappy about this,” investors said in a statement. “So in a rage, a live donkey and sheep will be fed to the tigers.”
The shareholders said they were upset about more than the zoo’s finances. “The animals became the biggest victims” of the freezing of zoo assets, according to the shareholders. Two giraffes and other animals have perished for want of “timely and effective treatment.”
How would Apple CEO Tim Cook respond to a ritual sacrifice at one of his shareholder meetings?