The video is believed to have been shot in China, and Elisa Allen, the director of animal rights group PETA, has described it as a "matter of life and death."
Whenever you go to a video game section at a mall, you are often tempted to play the arcade game inside a glass box where you try and grab a prize with a metal claw. As easy as it looks, it is indeed one of the toughest games out there that features prizes such as cuddly toys and chocolates among other things. But this time it wasn't something you usually see in the game.
In a truly appalling and disturbing video that is being shared across social media platforms, there appears to be a number of dogs inside the machine as a metal claw descends upon them. The clip has sparked outrage not only among the animal rights activists but also people on social media who could not believe such a 'claw grabber' arcade machine exists. As reported by Mirror.
Although it is unclear where the video was taken, it was shared by a respected biologist Daniel Schneider, who told the publication that the footage had been sent to him and he had seen "similar games." The video also shows a man picking up a live dog, although it is not clear if it was a "prize." Daniel shared the video on Twitter with the caption: Some of those puppies in that game in #Japan are real. WTF. RT. #BeKindToAnimals
The video is believed to have been shot in China, and Elisa Allen, the director of animal rights group PETA, described it as a "matter of life and death." She said, "Animals aren't disposable toys, and PETA urges Chinese 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. 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," she added.
This can't be true!!?? Please, no.— G. Lee-Treweek (@MischiefTreweek) May 11, 2019
Sick arcade claw grabber 'using real dogs as prizes' spark animal rights anger https://t.co/mAialXp6k0
Ever since the video was uploaded on social media, people have been expressing their shock over it. "I thought I had seen everything! I don't care what breed it is...This is really SICK!!!!! Dahlia," a Twitter user said. Meanwhile, another added: How can any human being possibly think that this is right? It’s sick, it’s totally wrong and needs to be stopped. I am getting to the point where I can’t take much more.
This breaks my heart. WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE? WHY DO HUMANS THINK THEY OWN EVERYTHING ON THIS PLANET?! - Arcade Claw Grabber Causes Outrage After Using Real Dogs As Prizes https://t.co/LGjbUYEwIR via @ladbible— Gary Patrick Brown (@gpb1979) May 11, 2019
However, this is not the first time such an incident has been reported. In a similar clip, live cats were spotted inside a claw machine and it had provoked massive outrage among animal lovers. The cats were placed around the glass box as a man tried to get hold of them through a metal claw.
The aim of this despicable game is to clamp one of the cats and drop them into the funnel which has a sticker that reads: "Master bring me home." While the man in the video can be heard saying: "The cat is too fat."