Comments on: Dark side of Japan’s pet boom http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2010/03/29/dark-side-of-japans-pet-boom/ What makes a great picture? Thu, 18 Aug 2016 11:13:37 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: BushidoBryan http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2010/03/29/dark-side-of-japans-pet-boom/comment-page-1/#comment-345656 Mon, 02 Aug 2010 18:12:10 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photo/?p=15711#comment-345656 This is extemely sad. Their are some other amazing stories from Japan at http://japan-animals.blogspot.com

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By: igorawr http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2010/03/29/dark-side-of-japans-pet-boom/comment-page-1/#comment-345442 Fri, 28 May 2010 20:32:22 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photo/?p=15711#comment-345442 this is so horrible…i watched the video and literally cried. That center is horrible! And that man is no better! Because if he felt bad about it, then he wouldn’t be the one killing them. I hate that center.

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By: ylva http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2010/03/29/dark-side-of-japans-pet-boom/comment-page-1/#comment-345176 Fri, 09 Apr 2010 15:25:17 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photo/?p=15711#comment-345176 I you live in Japan or are a japanese person, I would like you – and of course other nationalites too – to mail to the Ambassady of Japan, the President etc or engage yourself in this horrible dog-issue. I am chocked and I have mailed to www.politica@japansamb.se and to radio and television to inform about this. In our country we love our dogs and cats. In Asea they are real negative to this animals, Please Stop killing!

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By: tpawar http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2010/03/29/dark-side-of-japans-pet-boom/comment-page-1/#comment-345147 Tue, 06 Apr 2010 08:59:50 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photo/?p=15711#comment-345147 I am a pet owner myself, and it pains me immensely to read something so outrageous and horrendous! A pet is not an object of attraction, but on the contrary is like a family member. The pet business needs to be better regulated and strict laws should also be enforced upon owners. Moreover, society at large needs to understand the responsibility of their caretaking and should be educated. Start ‘severly’ punishing those who abandon pets and see the difference.

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By: Adamukun http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2010/03/29/dark-side-of-japans-pet-boom/comment-page-1/#comment-345135 Sun, 04 Apr 2010 00:10:08 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photo/?p=15711#comment-345135 Maho said most of I wanted to add.

Japan needs its own version of Bob Barker! The problem isn’t that any animals are euthanized at all, it’s the excessive number of unwanted animals. Japanese people tend to very strongly prefer expensive pedigreed dogs over mutts and pound puppies, and I think that needs to change.

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By: Maho http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2010/03/29/dark-side-of-japans-pet-boom/comment-page-1/#comment-345130 Fri, 02 Apr 2010 15:20:39 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photo/?p=15711#comment-345130 Kim and Reuters,

Thank you very much for bringing the issue to light.

As the founder of HEART said, it is so true that people do not want “second handed” dogs/cats in Japan, so a lot of people won’t adopt dogs/cats from shelters. That is not the only problem. There are way too many pet shops in Japan (as well as online shops). Since puppies are so popular, in response to the need, breeders are busy producing more and more dogs/cats. They are also eager to produce cuter new breeds to attract more consumers and to make more money. It is so easy to buy a puppy in Japan, just go to a petshop nearby or a megastore. Those shops rely on impulsive shoppers, who do not even think twice about getting a dog. After a few month, they complain that the dogs they bought have grown bigger than they expected or they did not imagine how it was like to be a dog owner. Well the pet business should be better regulated, also consumers need to be educated and more informed.

Japan is an advanced country, yet in terms of animal welfare, it is very behind. But on the bright side of the issue, there is more coverage about the issue on TV, newspapers and magazines, so it is true that people have started paying attention to the issue.. but there is still a long way to go.

Thank you for the great article.
Maho

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By: Yanbaru http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2010/03/29/dark-side-of-japans-pet-boom/comment-page-1/#comment-345112 Wed, 31 Mar 2010 17:01:13 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photo/?p=15711#comment-345112 This seems symptomatic of a deep-seated cultural issue in Japan: the firmly rooted cultural emphasis on hygiene.

In Japan there is a much stricter classification than in the West between what is “dirty” and what “clean”. Dogs, like other pets, are “dirty”. This means that in many households they are kept outside, and treated lovingly as pets outside, but not allowed in.

It is still quite a big step from treating them as dirty to treating them cruelly. But it would be a bigger step, perhaps, than moving from treating them as clean creatures on a par with humans, to treating them cruelly.

To emphasise, this of course does not mean that if you keep a dog outside you are a bad person – as long as you give them the shelter of a kennel of course.

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By: ihavenomouth http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2010/03/29/dark-side-of-japans-pet-boom/comment-page-1/#comment-345111 Wed, 31 Mar 2010 16:03:11 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photo/?p=15711#comment-345111 Sadly this is an under reported issue in the U.S. especially people who have had their houses foreclosed are abandoning or neglecting their pets. Another sad thing I found was an article on College students abandoning pets at the end of the school year.
I ran across this sad bit of information “But PETA has a lesser-known claim to fame that has critics fuming:The organization euthanizes over 90 percent of the dogs and cats relinquished to its headquarters in Norfolk, Va. In 2009, PETA euthanized 2,301 dogs and cats — 97 percent of those brought in — and adopted only eight, according to Virginia state figures.”

If you want to help out but can’t own a pet permanently try being a foster owner, check your local shelter if they have such programs. Remember No kill Animal shelters are also feeling the effects of the economy and some are closing. If you own a pet make sure you spay or neuter.

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By: Karmamikomani http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2010/03/29/dark-side-of-japans-pet-boom/comment-page-1/#comment-345110 Wed, 31 Mar 2010 15:16:55 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photo/?p=15711#comment-345110 According to the Humane Society, 3-4 million cats and dogs are euthanized in the U.S. every year. It’s a worldwide problem. Adopt from shelters. Put pet breeders out of business. Have your pet spade or neutered. Be humane!

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By: HEARTTOKUSHIMA http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2010/03/29/dark-side-of-japans-pet-boom/comment-page-1/#comment-345109 Wed, 31 Mar 2010 14:55:39 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photo/?p=15711#comment-345109 Kim San,

I would like to thank you from the bottom of heart for your effort in bringing this problem to light. With this very emotional issue for me I couldn’t have asked for a more caring, big-hearted photo-journalist to share this with. The road to hope begins from here for the dogs of Tokushima and Japan and we owe it to you. Thank You!

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