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Watch: All Aboard The ‘World’s First Cat Express’ That You Won’t Want To Leave
By Kylie Woon, 13 Sep 2017
Cat cafés, move aside. The world now has its first ‘cat train’ that brings passengers on a scenic journey through Japan’s Gifu prefecture—though with a train full of cats, it is possible that the scenery might go unnoticed.
Train passengers aboard this ‘cat express’ get to play, cuddle, and pet 30 cats, plus kittens, of all shapes and sizes on a train ride that many would probably not want to alight from.
Even better—the ‘cat train’ exists for a good cause. Hosted by Yoro Railway and cat welfare organisation Kitten Café Sanctuary, the purr-filled journey exists to spread awareness on the 9.8 million cats in Japan—many of which are strays that end up getting tragically culled.
Cat welfare efforts in Japan have reaped success—since 2004, the number of strays admitted to animal shelters have dropped by 70%. While a heartrending 238,929 felines were put down in 2004, this dipped to 45,574 in 2016.
There remains more to be done however.
The heartwarming ride encourages passengers to bond with the cats and takes them on a warm, fuzzy journey into animal welfare. The initiative will hopefully ignite in passengers a newfound love for kitties and bring this 45,574 figure to a much lower number in 2018.
Watch the too-cute-to-be-true video of the ‘cat express’ below.
[via Metro, video via Metro, opening image via Krystian Tambur, Unsplash]
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