Tuesday, 31. March 2015
25. 07. 14. - 16:00
Inspired by an artist who got international headlines with a project that showed teenagers walking pet cabbages, a Chinese restaurant has tried to copy it by getting young women to walk pet crabs.
The Pirate King restaurant in the Chinese capital Beijing arranged for the girls to carry the live crabs out on the streets and then walk them around the neighbourhood on leads in order to attract interest for their seafood range.
The stunt attracted criticism from animal rights activists who said it amounted to cruelty to the crabs that were not only suffering out of water but also would have been distressed at being dragged around the city streets on a leash.
But despite the negative criticism that circulated with the pictures on Chinese social media sites, restaurant manager Peng Mai said the PR stunt had been an overwhelming success.
He said: "It was a lot of fun, and now everybody knows our name, and I don't care about the few people that complained that the crabs were suffering. What I can say is they didn't suffer long, because after they were brought back to the restaurant they had a quick wash, and then went straight in the cooking pot."
The young women who were all from Beijing turned up in low-cut tops and booty shorts to walk their crabs, ensuring lots of curious looks and plenty of photographs that were then posted on Chinese social media networks.
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