Fury As China Dog Owners Dye Pets To Look Like Pandas

Story ByBuli LiangSub EditorJoseph GolderAgencyAsia Wire Report

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Chinese dog owners are flocking to a pet cafe where they fork out 164 GBP to dye their dogs black and white like a panda bear sparking fury from animal rights groups.

The footage was filmed at the Cute Pet Games Cafe in the district of Jinjiang in the city of Chengdu in the southern Chinese province of Sichuan and was later shared on Chinese social media.

According to reports, cafe clients pay 1,500 RMB (164 GBP) to dye their dogs black and white to resemble a panda bear.

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Video footage shows one customer hugging a ‘pandarised’ Chow-Chow dog and several dyed dogs are seen playing at the Cute Pet Games Cafe.

Cafe owner Huang told local media that six ‘panda’ dogs were brought in from other Chinese regions a month ago and proved very popular with customers.

Huang added: “The dog dyes are imported from abroad and we have a dog-colouring professional who provides the service.”

Local vet Li Daibing said: “It is hard to tell whether it causes damage to the pet or not. In general, it is recommended that you do not dye your pet in such a way as it could cause damage to their fur and skin.”

PETA Asia press officer Keith Guo told Asia Wire: “Dyeing hair may be fashionable, but only for humans who willingly have it done.

“There are always risks with using dyes on animals, to their fur, skin, nose and eyes.

“Animals should not be a tool for people to paint.”

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Buli Liang

I am a freelance stringer and journalist based in China.

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