During September 1973 several controversial articles appeared in the Asahi Shimbum (newspaper) about this small Otogi Zoo at Expo, which was buying pups from the local Hokensho (dog pound) for children’s toys and then handing them back to be killed (in the gas chamber) when they became sick, aggressive or otherwise undesirable.
(JAWS Representative) Miss Haselgrove inspected the place and talked with a pet dealer employed there and was advised that the manager would not consider more humane methods of displaying or keeping the animals. Goats, rabbits, ducks and monkeys are also kept in the cemented area and are constantly handled and tormented by members of the public.
The Branch (JAWS) then organised members to write protest letters and to telephone to the zoo, and a further article appeared in the Asahi stating that due to public protest the pups were now being handed over to an animal centre in Himeji.
This Centre has been contacted and state that they no longer have any dogs of the zoo, but refuse to admit how they have been disposed of.
NOTE: Himeji is famous for the processing dog and cat skins for leather!