Pet ownership is booming in China, but at what cost? Once banned by the Communist Party under Mao Zedong as a bourgeois pastime, dogs are now being lavished with such eccentric gifts as pedicures, massages, rose petal bubble baths and dye jobs — yes, dye jobs!
This ain't your grandma's type of dye job, though. The Chinese have jumped on the latest fashion craze that has been sweeping Japan and Korea: dyeing their pet dogs to look like other animals. There are lions. There are tigers. There are even panda bears. Oh my! Veterinarians and animal activists, however, are worried that some of these pet salons may be cutting corners by using dyes which can irritate the skin or even be toxic to the dogs.
So what say you? Are the Chinese making their dogs furry fashionistas, or is this another case of animal cruelty?
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