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Activists: Free the 'world's saddest polar bear'

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>> This is not a zoo, it's a shopping mall in southern China, and Pizza has been living here for a year. Activists are calling her the world's saddest polar bear, and say her neverending pacing in the tiny enclosure is a sign of mental decline. They're calling on the mall to send her to a place with sunshine and space and shut down its aquarium.
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I'm Anita Lee in Shanghai. The Humane Society International says a petition sent around the world has picked up 1 million signatures, but so far nothing has changed for Pizza. And she's far from being the only animal to suffer this kind of fate in China. Animals are being used to attract customers across the country.
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Images circulating online of a llama dragged to a trade fair and an elephant used to advertise mobile phones. As for Pizza, she does have some options. A wildlife park in the UK recently offered to take her, but only on condition that the Grandview Mall Aquarium wouldn't just replace her with another.
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But the mall, in the southern city of Guangzhou, disputes that, saying there have been no offers. They also claim she isn't being mistreated and are sticking to legal requirements when it comes to the size of her tank and nutrition and medical needs. Pizza's plight has sparked backlash China, where a young animal welfare movement has started to make inroads.
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One blogger posting business people who make money by hurting animals should go to jail. For now the Grandview Mall is actually planning to expand its menagerie, building a zoo that will include giant pandas and white tigers, expected to open next January.