Stray cats wait to be killed at an animal collection and health centre in Japan. The country kills more than 200,000 cats and dogs annually by gassing them with carbon dioxide. Photo: Handout

Why are Japanese torturing cats and posting the videos online?

As Japanese police record a spike in animal abuse, a proliferation of online videos depicting the torture of cats has activists demanding Tokyo tighten its laws

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Stray cats wait to be killed at an animal collection and health centre in Japan. The country kills more than 200,000 cats and dogs annually by gassing them with carbon dioxide. Photo: Handout
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Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall never expected to still be in Japan 24 years after he first arrived, but he quickly realised its advantages over his native London. He lives in Yokohama with his wife and children and writes for publications around the world.