Cat's cosmetic eyelid surgery causes uproar

Source:Global Times Published: 2019/2/28 17:39:38

A woman plays with her cat on an exhibition. Photo: Xinhua

An animal hospital in Nanjing, East China's Jiangsu Province said it didn't perform cosmetic eyelid surgery on a cat after a photo of the swollen face of the poor feline raised an uproar on social media. 

The video platform Yizhibo reported that a resident in Nanjing had spent thousands of yuan on unnecessary cosmetic surgery on a cat to make its eyes seem rounder. 

The hospital claims the operation was required to save the cat's eyesight, and was not the "double eyelid" surgery that some Asian people undergo to make their eyes appear bigger. 

A reporter from a Yizhibo took a hidden camera to a different animal hospital where an employee assured her the hospital was qualified to do the cosmetic eyelid surgery on a dog or cat.

The video proves what many outraged netizens fear is a new trend that is cruel, dangerous and useless. "Cats do not have double eyelids," a veterinarian surnamed Wu from a different hospital told a reporter from Pear Video.

"I think it is harmful to cats. Cats are different from people," a woman in Nanjing said in the video.

"Pet owners should not impose human aesthetics on animals," another Net user commented. 

Although many breeds of dogs have their tails and ears cut for aesthetic purposes when they are puppies, many netizens say eye surgery is beyond brutal.

Global Times


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