A café in Chengdu, China, has been dyeing dogs to look like pandas in order to provide its customers with crude entertainment while they eat—and it also offers to dye their dogs for them. This sickening gimmick is yet another reason why China needs animal protection laws in place immediately.
Treating Dogs Like Toys Isn’t Trendy—It’s Abusive
Chengdu is home to the giant panda, but there are far better ways to show appreciation for pandas than by using sensitive dogs as “decorative” displays. No animal has a natural desire or need to be dyed, pierced, tattooed, mutilated, or modified in any other way to appeal to humans’ capricious esthetic preferences. Although routine grooming is necessary and important for many companion animals, unnatural beauty procedures that don’t benefit their personal health and well-being should never be performed—there’s simply too much risk and absolutely no need. Coating dogs with chemical dyes is stressful and can even cause allergic reactions on their skin, nose, and eyes.
Animals and cafés don’t mix, either. Wherever animals are used for profit, corners will be cut, and the animals can suffer because their best interests are rarely kept in mind. At animal cafés, dogs are picked up, petted, and prodded when they might simply want to curl up and be left alone. They’re subjected to loud, stressful noises, and there’s a risk that they could get out onto the street, where they might be hit by a car. Keeping several animals in a small space can also cause illnesses to spread quickly among them. If dog cafés really cared about animals, they’d house dogs from rescue groups and work to adopt them out to loving homes.
What You Can Do
Always stay away from any business that exploits animals for a money-grabbing gimmick and social media “likes.”
Share this post with your friends, family, and social media followers. Let them know that they should never perform beauty treatments intended for humans on their animal companions.