Claw machine that grabs live PUPPIES in China is criticised

Claw machine that grabs live PUPPIES in China is criticised by animal rights activists

  • Trending video appears to show small dogs being offered as prizes in an arcade
  • One gamer seemingly won one puppy in the clip, believed to be filmed in China
  • Animal rights activists have urged Chinese authorities to investigate the matter
  • One claw machine expert claimed the video was likely filmed as a publicity stunt 

Animal rights activists have urged Chinese authorities to launch an investigation after a video appears to show live puppies being put inside a claw machine for gamers to grab.

The clip, believed to be filmed in a Chinese city, shows about ten pooches apparently trapped inside the arcade prize vending machine with a sign saying ‘someone please come to take me home’. 

A man then seemingly pulls one of the dogs out of the machine before holding it in his arms.


The video, now trending on Twitter, apparently shows live dogs being offered as prizes at an arcade in China. Animal rights activists have urged Chinese authorities to investigate the clip

The video has gone viral on Twitter after being shared by one user named Daniel Schneider last week. 

It has sparked accusation of animal cruelty among the viewers, but some also wondered whether the dogs were real. 

It remains unclear when, where and for what purpose the video was filmed. 

After watching the footage, one Chinese claw machine expert told MailOnline that the clip was likely produced as a publicity stunt. 


One Chinese claw machine expert told MailOnline that the clip was likely a publicity stunt. The expert said it was not a trend in China to use live dogs as prizes for claw machine players

Xiamen-based Chen Zhitong is billed as the ‘king of claw machines’ in the country. 

He has played on hundreds of machines and wins some 1,000 prizes a month on average. 

Mr Chen stressed that it was not a trend in China to use live dogs as prizes for arcade gamers.

He explained: ‘To start with, it would not be financially viable for claw machine operators. They wouldn’t charge players 1 yuan (11p) per time but give them expensive prizes like this.’

However, Mr Chen said he had seen live lobsters and crabs as game prizes.  

Last year, footage from inside an arcade in Shanghai shows a group of people winning a live lobster from a claw machine. 

Get your claws out! Claw machine with live lobsters and crabs inside as prizes do exist in China

In 2017, a trending video from China appears to show a gamer trying to grab live cats from a claw machine, but the clip turned out to be part of an advertisement. 

A spokesperson from PETA urged Chinese authorities to look into possible animal abuse after watching the latest trending video.

The spokesperson called it ‘a matter of urgency’ if the dogs are real. 

The spokesperson also condemned any live animals, including lobsters, turtles and crabs, being put in claw machines as prizes to gamers.  

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