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Topic : Japan's Cafés Where People Can Pet Pigs
2024호 2면
TITLE : Japan's Cafés Where People Can Pet Pigs

Japan's Cafés Where People Can Pet Pigs



Forget cat cafes, Japan now has coffee shops where you can cuddle a pig |  South China Morning Post



In Japan’s big cities, small restaurants that serve coffee, called cafés, are known for starting trends. First there were pet cafés, then cat cafés. The latest trend in Japan is a café that has pigs.


“It was wonderful. Very relaxing and enjoyable,” said Brad Loomis. He is a software engineer from the city of Pullman, in the U.S. state of Washington. He was talking about his recent visit to Tokyo’s Mipig Café with his 21-year-old daughter, Paige.


On a recent morning in late January, the father and daughter were among many people in the café, smiling and taking selfies with the pigs.

The pigs are very small. They move around the room, looking for a comfortable place. They are surprisingly quiet, making little snorts now and then. Unlike the stereotype, they are very clean and do not smell bad.


The pigs do not like to be alone. So, this makes them good company for people. Customers pay $15 for the first 30 minutes of time with a pig. Customers must contact the café to set a time for the experience.


The pig café is the latest in a series of coffee shops with animals that have appeared in Japan. There are coffee shops that have owls, hedgehogs, birds, and even snakes.


Some people have raised questions about whether animals enjoy the experience as much as humans do.


“It must be stressful to be touched…by a bunch of strangers,” said Sachiko Azuma. She is head of a Tokyo-based animal rights group called PEACE.


“The animals have become tools for a money-making business,” she said.


Her group opposes animal experiments and “petting zoos.” Azuma said cafés are small and do not provide enough of a natural environment for cats or small pigs. She added that businesses that entrap wildlife are abhorrent, or extremely bad. However, she said she approves of cafés run by shelters that try to find homes for homeless animals.


Some people believe that such interactions are good for human health.



Source :https://learningenglish.voanews.com



What are the latest trends in small restaurants in Japan's big cities?
How did Brad Loomis describe his experience at the Mipig Café?
What is the cost for the first 30 minutes with a pig at the café?
Why are the pigs at the café considered good company for people?
What are some of the other animals that have appeared in coffee shops in Japan?
Who raised questions about whether the animals enjoy the experience at the cafés?
What does Sachiko Azuma, head of the animal rights group PEACE, oppose regarding animal interactions in cafés?
What do some people believe about the interactions between animals and human health?


Have you ever been to a unique café or restaurant? What was your experience like?
Do you think it's a good idea to have animals in cafés for people to interact with? Why or why not?
How do you think the animals in the café might feel about being around so many people?
What are some ways that businesses can ensure that animals are well taken care of in cafés or similar settings?
In your opinion, what are the potential benefits and drawbacks of having animals in coffee shops for both the animals and the customers?
What are some ways that people can interact with animals responsibly and ethically?
Do you think it's important for businesses to consider the well-being of animals when they offer animal interactions to customers? Why or why not?
How do you think animal cafés might impact people's attitudes towards animals and their welfare?


Trend - a general direction in which something is developing or changing
Stereotype - a widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing
Entice - attract or tempt by offering pleasure or advantage
Abhorrent - inspiring disgust and loathing; repugnant
Shelter - a place giving temporary protection from bad weather or danger
Oppose - disapprove of and attempt to prevent, especially by argument
Natural environment - the surroundings in which an animal, plant, or other organism lives
Interactions - reciprocal action or influence