Chinese shopping center has managed to bring controversy to carousels by using real live horses instead of fake electric-powered ones.
The unusual merry-go-round at the Shuangliu Wanda Plaza in Chengdu features four actual horses that are strapped to large metal frames and made to walk for hours in circles with children on their backs as irritating music loops in the background.
According to the Red Star News, tickets for a four-minute ride can cost between 10 to 50 yuan per kid.
Photos and videos of the attraction went viral on Chinese social media over the weekend, causing the carousel’s operator, an equestrian club, to explain that the horses worked for just four hours a day, thus giving them the daily exercise that they need.
While some have still accused the operator of animal cruelty, a local official at the city’s wildlife rescue center is quoted as saying in the report that the merry-go-round is not unlawful as there is no law against using animals as part of amusement park rides.