The trade in wild animals is strictly regulated in Japan, and a lion cannot simply be purchased by a member of the public. But there are about 300 members of The Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums (JAZA) that sell or barter surplus animals. While some species are constantly in demand – polar bears and elephants are popular attractions, and a panda cub is guaranteed to bring in the visitors – others can struggle to find a home. “Lions are so very cheap to obtain in Japan,” said Tsuyoshi Shirawa, a veteran animal dealer and founder of Rep Japan, which specializes in buying and selling wild animals. “In the past, every zoo and wildlife park wanted lions for their zoos because they were seen as the top predator, but their popularity has made them too common now,” he told DW. “Also, they attract the biggest crowds when they are cubs, but when they become juveniles and then adults, the problems begin.” Read more: Japan ‘pet cafe’ boom raises concerns about animal welfare Watch video 01:42 Share ‘Monkey business’ in Japan Send Facebook Twitter google+ Whatsapp Tumblr linkedin stumble Digg reddit Newsvine Permalink https://p.dw.com/p/1IVNp ‘Monkey business’ in Japan Cut price big cat… Read full this story
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