Circus in China cruelly secures tiger to metal table -- and allows visitors to sit on it for photos

A circus in Yiyang city, China, has made the news recently for a depressing reason.

According Shanghaiist, a video has emerged showing a Siberian tiger at the circus cruelly secured to a metal table with its limbs fastened tight.

Visitors were invited to sit on the big cat for photographs after it was held down

The tiger looked to be dejected as it was staring at the ground at it was repeatedly being sat on by both children and adults.

Circus staff had poles in their hands as they stood beside the tiger. 

At the end of the video, the tiger was released from its shackles and it then returned to its cage.