Why the French are ‘European champions’ at abandoning pets

Article Link: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-53677571

Discussion posted by: Arye ben-Shaoul

After weeks of lockdown, the French are keener than ever to get away from the stifling cities this weekend. But the dense traffic will also serve as an ugly reminder of another annual summer trend here. The French have the unfortunate distinction of being the European “champions” for abandoning pets that have become too cumbersome for their summer trips. Animal shelters up and down the country are proof of this unique and sad tradition… “The excuses they typically give are that they’re going on holiday, having a baby, moving house, or they have a new partner with allergies, ” Ms Loizeau explains. She says the owners come from all social classes, but cases of badly treated animals are higher on the poor housing estates and amongst the Roma Traveller community.