Cool, Not Cruel: Alternatives to Mainstream Animal Cafes

Source: Tokyo Cheapo

Owls often get a raw deal in cafes.
Coffee and kitty treats. Cute Insta opps aplenty. A chance to connect with something other than a salaryman’s elbow on the train. It’s no surprise that animal cafes in Tokyo are so appealing. The first cat cafes came onto the radar around 2004, starting a trend of tearooms featuring everything from dogs to owls, hedgehogs, goats, meerkats, lizards and more. There are penguin bars and snake centers. You can have a drink in the company of just about any animal under the sun. But not all of these animal cafes are nice to their furred and feathered staff. In fact, some are downright cruel.
Patrons of animal cafes in Tokyo and other parts of Japan don’t usually get a kick out of cruelty. Most

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