Opinion Survey On Exotic Pet Use In Japan 2021

Japan is one of the key exotic pet markets in the world. Animals like otters, galagos, hedgehogs, owls, and many other rare species of turtles and tortoises, lizards, chameleons, frogs, etc., are traded as private pets or for the purpose of display and petting at commercial facilities like animal cafés. In fact, Japan is known for having the highest number of exotic animal cafés in East and Southeast Asia. The popularity of exotic pets is being amplified through social media and the mass media. However, it is not well known that such popularity of exotic pet encompasses multifaceted issues, including the risks of infectious diseases, animal welfare, endangered species, illegal trade, and invasive species. WWF Japan, therefore, conducted its first opinion survey of Japanese citizens on the use of exotic pets and attitudes toward these issues.