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May 22, 2019 - DW

Japan 'pet cafe' boom raises concerns about animal welfare

Japan 'pet cafe' boom raises concerns about animal welfare
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A love of "cute" creatures, a need to release stress and a shortage of space for pets at home mean that Japan's pet cafes are doing a roaring trade – although animal rights activists continue to oppose the industry.

And not everyone is happy at the sharp rise in the number and species of animals that are being put into the hands of the public, with animal rights organizations suggesting that the practice is stressful for creatures that should ideally be in the wild.

There is very little oversight of the industry. "When an animal protection group or a member of the public reports an inappropriate situation, the authorities can enter a cafe and carry out an inspection, but as there are basically no welfare standards, improvements are never made, no matter how constrained the animals are," she said.

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