Controversial pet euthanasia
The number of people living with companion animals has exceeded 10 million. Unfortunately, however, the public still has a poor understanding of how to live together with pets. The nation still lacks a social system for the better protection and care of pets.
A case in point is a controversy over the alleged euthanasia of about 200 deserted pets that Care, a signature animal protection organization, has rescued over the past four years.
It has been a serious problem with the situation getting worse as owners of pets fail to care for their companions to the last, as seen in the fact that about 80,000 pets are abandoned every year.
The scandalous case of Care underscores the need for local authorities to manage abandoned animal companions, rather than depending on civil or private centers.
Related authorities also need to make guidelines about animal welfare. As the Care case shows, the controversy could inevitably get worse in case civic groups administer euthanasia according to their own judgment.
The registration system for dogs was introduced in 2014. However, only 1.15 million pets, or 17.3 percent of the presumed total number of 6.62 million, are registered-currently. It is fortunate that the revised Animal Protection Act and its enforcement decree are to go into effect in March.
Still there are many tasks our society has to solve such as the dogs’ biting, the disposal of pet waste, feuds between owners and their neighbors, lack of etiquettes in public places and illegal veterinary care.
The pet industry is ever flourishing of late with pet owners numbering more than 10 million. This means there remain so many tasks our society has to tackle.