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China's Latest Craze - Dyeing Pets
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Just 10 years ago, dogs were still eaten in China's public restaurants and raised on farms for that purpose, and traditional Chinese medicine held that so-called "fragrant meat" from dogs could fortify one's health. Now, eating dog is viewed by many as an embarrassing reminder of a poorer time.
With more money to spend, Chinese pet owners have embraced dog-owning culture with a vengeance. Dogs are brought into restaurants, fussed over in public, dressed up in ridiculous outfits and their coats are dyed. The trend demonstrates how quickly and dramatically attitudes toward pets — particularly dogs — have changed in many parts of Asia.
The special dyes for dogs used are completely non toxic and not harmful to the animals, and this dog is unfazed by its new blue ears.
June 30th, 2011
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