Source: Gaijin Pot
It’s hard to understand why anyone would visit an animal cafe in Japan. There are countless reasons why you shouldn’t—horrible conditions, neglect, disease, stress, and even connections with organized crime just scratch the surface. We can only assume those who go are either ignorant to the suffering and plight of the animals or simply don’t care.
If you fall into the latter, it’s hard to sympathize with you. However, if you really didn’t know just how awful animal cafes are and are planning a visit during a trip to Japan, here’s a look at what actually goes on behind the scenes.
A lot of dead owls
Owls are badass wizards of the forest. They have super hearing, silent flight, and eyes that look right through your soul. Seeing them chained to a box, under fluorescent lights, desperately trying to fly away while hundreds of tourists poke at them is maddening.
Animal cafes claim that they give their animals time for rest, essentially a break as if they are working on the clock. In reality, that “rest time” appears to be nothing more than going into a small box in a back room. According to this former owl cafe employee, even owls “resting” were exposed to people.
That’s only the beginning of the whistleblower’s leaks on the shop’s inhumane practices, which left the owls dying in droves.
“At the beginning, the owner of the shop just sat back and let them die without veterinary treatment,” he says. “During business hours, they prioritized business, saying they could not take the sick owls to a veterinarian because they needed to manage the shop. After so many owls died, they finally took a sick bird to a veterinarian.”
It gets worse.