A pet cafe in China the place canines are dyed black and white to appear like panda cubs has triggered a heated on-line debate over the therapy of animals.
The Cute Pet Video games cafe opened final month in Chengdu, capital of southwest Sichuan province which is residence to China’s well-known large pandas, and options six panda-like Chow Chow canines, in line with a video posted by Hongxing Information on Tuesday.
Prospects have been proven petting the fluffy “panda dogs”. The cafe proprietor, solely recognized by his final identify Huang, informed Hongxing Information that he had began providing pet dyeing providers after the panda canines turned an prompt hit with purchasers.
“Every time we dye it costs 1,500 yuan (₹15,000),” Mr. Huang mentioned. “The dye itself is very expensive.”
He mentioned it takes skilled employees a couple of day to rework a fluffy Chow Chow canine right into a “panda”.
The hashtag “Dye a dog into a panda for 1,500 yuan” has gone viral with greater than 170 million views on China’s Twitter-like Weibo platform, and led to a torrent of offended feedback from pet house owners stressing the attainable unwanted side effects of dyeing the animals’ fur.
“I suggest dyeing the cafe owner black and white,” mentioned one commentator. “Dogs and cats love their human companions, regardless of how we look. Why not extend the same kindness to them?” wrote one other.
Within the video, Mr. Huang says the dye is imported from Japan and received’t hurt the canines.
However vet Li Daibing informed Hongxing Information that dyeing the canines “could damage the animals’ fur and skin.”