World Animal Protection
Cruel pet otter craze fuelled by Japanese otter cafes and social media
11 February 2020
Are otter cafes ethical?
In Japan, there are more than a dozen animal cafes featuring otters. Each animal at these otter cafes is suffering for the sake of entertainment.
- The otters whimper, shriek and make distress calls while customers are interacting with them.
- Some are kept in solitary conditions with no natural light.
- Others are seen biting their claws and exhibiting traumatized behavior.
- Some of the worst housing conditions include small cages with no access to water.