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Outrage as video shows arcade grabber machine filled with real puppies

This arcade offered pets as prizes dog-cat-angry
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An arcade sparked outrage from animal welfare groups after it used real dogs as "prizes"in a grabber machine.

By Ashley Murphy

Published on the 15/05/2019, 09:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:47

Grabber machines are popular sights in most arcades. Players control a mechanical claw to grab prizes, which usually include fluffy toys.

Puppies are not "toys"

However, for reasons that are hard to understand, this arcade decided to fill the machines with puppies sat inside plastic buckets.

Footage shared by Daniel Schneider shows terrified puppies recoiling in horror as the large metal claw comes towards them.

Daniel claimed the footage was shot in China, although many other people believe it originated from Japan. Either way, it's difficult to understand how anyone could be so irresponsible and heartless.

Elisa Allen is the director of animal rights group PETA.  She said:

"Animals aren't disposable toys, and PETA urges the authorities to look into this video as a matter of urgency – if the dogs are real, it's not a harmless arcade game but rather a matter of life and death."

Unfortunately, incidents such as this are not that uncommon in other parts of the world. Elisa continued:

"Live animals – including lobsters, turtles, and crabs – are commonly sold in claw machines across China.”

"They can easily be hurt by being repeatedly dropped, and some have been left to endure a painful death from dehydration or starvation.”

This year, another video shared online showed live cats inside of a claw machine. The cats are seen pacing around the tiny glass box as a man controlling the metal claw tries to “win” a kitty.

Let's hope the authorities take action

Although there's little information on the arcade's location, and even less on who is responsible for this decision, we're hoping that the footage inspires the relevant authorities to take appropriate action.

Every culture has different attitudes towards its animals, but such a blatant disregard for the safety and well-being of puppies and kittens should never be tolerated.