Now, a family allowance for pets

January 6th, 2008 - 4:47 pm ICT by admin  

London, Jan 6 (ANI): A Japanese firm is doing its bit to welcome pets into families by giving its employees a monthly family allowance for their pets.

Tokyo-based Kyoritsu Seiyaku Corporation said that they want to put across the message that pets are life-long partners, not disposable accessories.

The company said that the number of pets in Japan has increased with greater affluence and a falling birth rate, and there are now more pet cats and dogs than kids under age 15.

However, about 310,000 cats and dogs are dumped every year.

To combat this problem, the company has decided to offer employees who own dogs and cats a family allowance of 1,000 yen per month.

“Everyone has the right to own a pet, but they also have the obligation to raise the pet for its whole life,” the Scotsman quoted the company, as stating.

“In the future, it is our dream that this system will spread not just in the pet business but to other Japanese firms,” the company added.

The company does not yet permit its employees to take paid leave to grieve when their pets die, but they have not entirely rejected the idea.

“For now, we have introduced only the allowances, but we want to consider the condolence holiday system in future,” a company spokeswoman said. (ANI)

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