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As the Chinese authorities deny the possible consequences for humans and the environment. Since the camp is dangerous in China's ten-million-metropolis Tianjin explodes, experts try to figure out how bad are the consequences of the disaster. Because it is still unclear how the highly toxic chemicals that are flown in the air, impact on man and the environment. The Chinese authorities have now brought animals to the scene to test how polluted the area there is.
The growing pressure on the authorities, they should answer questions for the misfortune in Tianjin. Meanwhile, the death toll has risen to 129th About 700 tons of hazardous chemical sodium cyanide has been spilled into the air and water. What long-term consequences that can have, is still uncertain. In their distress, the Chinese authorities have resorted to a questionable method: Instead of taking water and air samples, animals must serve as guinea pigs. In cages locked rabbits, chickens and pigeons are to indicate whether and how toxic or hazardous to health of the affected area is in the residence, as the Chinese newspaper "People's Daily" reported.
Animal studies should reassure
Residents should be reassured well. Animal rights activists have the action criticized by nature: The British Peta-chief Mimi Bekhechi told the newspaper "The Independent": "Technology has animal experiments as" made canaries in mines "long ago unnecessarily These animals now the toxic chemicals in the danger zone of. Tianjin suspend, by locking them in tiny cages is cruel, primitive and false. " According to news reports, the animals are also several hours after they have been exposed, have still been alive. A sign that the citizens of Tianjin is to encourage the belief that everything is in perfect order. The people who venture into the zone around the dangerous camp, still want to take any risks: In the background of one of the images (see below), in which the caged animals can be seen, it can be seen that a man wearing a gas mask on the animals passes.
In the social networks, the Chinese users respond differently to the use of animals, such as the station "CNN" reported: While many users refer to this method as inhumane, others show concern that the survival of the animals is not meaningful. "Deformities and cancer villages do not appear overnight," wrote one user. Another posted: "One should bring those responsible also there." The animals sit there to reassure the nervous public that there are no health risks, according to the "South China Morning Post".
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Trigger for animal testing was that several days after the accident en masse fish have died. The dead animals have been washed up on the banks of the Haihe River, around 6 kilometers from the crash site. The authorities deny a connection between the mass death and disaster. Measurements of the Fisheries Department have shown that the fish have died from lack of oxygen, as the newspaper "China Daily" reported. High pollution can cause, among other things as a lack of oxygen. According to test results from Greenpeace (August 21) a cyanide concentration of 0.01 mg / L could be found in the estuary of Haihe River. Although these are relatively "small" amounts, but the value is compared with the normally present concentration is still high, so Greenpeace.