The Environment Ministry has announced its first action plan to reduce to zero the number of stray dogs and cats killed.
According to the ministry, in 2012 - the last year for which figures are available - 210,000 stray dogs and cats were rounded up by local governments all over Japan, TBS reported Wednesday. Of those, 160,000 were killed.
The action plan will mandate that microchips with the pet owner’s name and contact info be attached to all pets sold. Pet sellers will also be asked to educate new pet owners on whether they really want pets or if their desire to own one is just a passing fad, and also teach owners how to look after their pets.
Actress Miyoko Asada, who has taken part in Environment Ministry projects, told reporters she was shocked to learn that 400 stray dogs and cats are killed every day in Japan.