Netizens are ripping into a grooming competition featuring dyed dogs made to look like exotic animals.
The show was organized by Show Time, a Beijing media outlet, and held in Hong Kong’s Nina Tower on Thursday.
Irate netizens from Hong Kong, Taiwan and mainland China accused organizers of animal cruelty, according to Apple Daily.
The Hong Kong Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) also condemned the competition and a Taiwanese TV program called it inhumane.
A spokesman for Nina Tower said it will screen future events held on its premises while representatives from various pet grooming schools and dye suppliers said the product is safe.
A pet grooming shop in Tsuen Wan came under fire on social media after it posted pictures of its winning entries.
They were dyed to look like a tiger and Donald Duck and one was made to resemble a rainbow.
Choi Moon-kuen, a representative of dye supplier Wellon Aquarium and Pet Product Co. Ltd., said all of the dyes used on the dogs were imported from Japan and did not contain ammonium, a common coloring agent.
A pet grooming shop owner said Hong Kong people are overreacting, adding he has never seen dog injuries or health problems caused by dye.
The SPCA issued a warning against such competitions that go against the principle of making pets clean and comfortable.
Before coming to Hong Kong, the contest had been held in Beijing, Xiamen, Wuhan, Guangzhou, Xian and Taiwan.
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