Taipei pet café sparks controversy for alleged animal abuse

A well-known pet cafe located in Da'an District, Taipei was accused of abusing and unfairly advertising raccoons to attract customers on June 26.(Courtesy of Facebook)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — A well-known pet cafe located in Da’an District, Taipei was accused of abusing and unfairly advertising raccoons to attract customers on June 26.

Unsatisfied customers went to Facebook to expose animal abuse. The raccoons were tied to tables and kicked by shop employees, netizens claimed.

“The workers from the store have unfairly treated their raccoons,” a netizen claimed in a Facebook post.

“And people are just going to continue to take photos and ignore the animal abuse that is occurring?” 

The Facebook post aroused attention from Taiwanese netizens online, receiving over 12,000 likes before being removed.

Unsatisfied customers went to Facebook to expose animal abuse.(Courtesy of Facebook)

The post included multiple screenshots of a Facebook conversation between the person in charge and a third party who admitted to beating misbehaved raccoons with tennis rackets, leaving them with bleeding limbs and eyes.

When asked about the accusation, however, the person in charge, surnamed Tang, told the local media that the intercept was a false accusation and that he would sue the netizen who posted the screenshots for damaging his reputation.

“Our little animals are fine and well cared for,” Tang stressed.