Japan to Enforce Pet CurfewPublished March 6, 2012
According to an article put out by Time, Japan is getting set to enforce a pet curfew that bans cats or dogs from being seen in public past 8 p.m. In a revision to its pre-existing animal-protection law, Japan is enforcing laws regarding what it deems "the public display of cats and dogs." Beginning June 1, the "cat curfew", as it's being dubbed, will take effect.
Aside from upsetting the general public, the law will directly affect the owners of Japan's popular cat cafe's, cafe's that allowed their patrons to interact with animals while they enjoyed a cup of tea. The cat cafe's were popular among many Japanese animal lovers who, due to stricter housing regulations and smaller living areas, were unable to own pets themselves. They provided an opportunity for animal lovers to get their kitty fix without owning a pet themselves, and gave them the chance to relax after a hard day's work by interacting with a kitty. Beginning June 1, however, these evening escapades will be extinct.
Owners of the cat cafe's are upset, as much of their revenue comes during the evening hours. Some owners playfully say their cat's are cuter in the evenings, too, although this subject is up for debate.
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