Japan’s Pet Ownership in on the Rise in COVID-19 Pandemic

Supplied photo shows family taking a break from walking their beagle Cookie, taken in Tokyo on Dec. 20, 2020. (Kyodo)

TOKYO (Kyodo) — With the coronavirus pandemic restricting human interaction, pet ownership has shot up in Japan as people hunger for companionship in stressful times.

But some animal rights groups warn that the surge could be setting up a dire situation for many of the newly bought pets once peoples’ lives return to normal and less time is spent at home.

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