Japan’s unwanted dogs face almost certain death

It’s a dog’s life for a stray mutt in any country, but in Japan a canine that ends up in the municipal pound is far more likely to be put down than to find a new home.

A dog is seen through bars as it is herded to a metal container euphemistically called a “dream box,” where stray dogs are asphyxiated with carbon dioxide gas, at an animal welfare centre in Tokushima, about 600 km (373 miles) southwest of Tokyo, March 11, 2010. It’s a dog’s life for a stray mutt in any country, but in Japan a canine that ends up in the municipal pound is far more likely to be put down than to find a new home. While in some other industrialised countries the idea of “saving” a pet from a shelter is well-established, in Japan animal welfare activists say strays often fall foul of an attitude that prizes puppies and pedigrees as status symbols.

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE62S0KL20100329?type=lifestyleMolt

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