Stop Displaying Animals in Cafes to Attract Customers

Target: Tamayo Marukawa, Japan’s Environment Minister

Goal: Ban for-profit cafes where animals are exhibited to attract customers.

Some cafes in Japan are confining and displaying various animals ranging from cats and hedgehogs to owls and penguins to attract customers. Japan has seen a surge in these businesses that profit from imprisoning and exhibiting animals much like zoos. Hedgehogs, owls, hawks, goats, snakes, reptiles and penguins are being used as commodities to make money in establishments where they are exposed to bright lights, music, unsuitable food and alcohol and often unwelcome handling by customers.

Animals are displayed in these cafes simply to make money, despite most of these species being shy and stressed by constant human interaction. This is a disgraceful way of using animals for profit, and this practice must be halted immediately.

Sign this petition urging authorities to ban these animal cafés, which are inhumane and unsuitable for animals.


Dear Ms. Marukawa,

The recent surge in animal cafes in Japan puts countless creatures at risk. These novelty cafes display shy and stressed animals as though they were objects to attract customers and make a profit. A variety of animals, including hedgehogs, owls, hawks, goats, snakes, reptiles and penguins, are being confined in these establishments and exposed to lights, music and alcohol and not to mention being handled against their will by guests.

These helpless creatures deserve to be protected, not exhibited as attractions. We demand that the practice of displaying animals in cafes for entertainment is outlawed.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. free the animals from this place now.

  2. Any cafe, restaurant, dining area, etc. that has to have animals in order to draw customers to dine at their place of business tells me that their food must not be good enough to draw them in. I don’t want to eat at a place where a snake is creeping and twisting in its tank gawking back at me. Animals displayed around a place of food is a health hazard. It would be depressing seeing caged animals in misery while trying to enjoy a meal. Miserable people loves company. Maybe these kind of people can enjoy their meal better when being surrounded by suffering animals.

  3. Cecily Colloby says:

    This does not surprise me since the Japanese are such a sadistic bunch. The customers are probably allowed to choose which of these unfortunate animals they would like to eat…

  4. Where the hell has your famous “HONOR” gone to, Japan??? You’ve only become a vile, backwards country in so many ways now, it’s not funny. May SHAME be heaped upon your selfish heads!

  5. Sara Smith says:

    I’ve always thought this “animals in cafés” was a stupid idea. It certainly doesn’t contribute to animal welfare and I suppose no surprise that the cruelest race in the world thought of it first. Shame on thoughtless people who think this sort of exploitation is entertaining!

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