After undergoing a lockdown for several months, French citizens are increasingly eager to move away from their suffocating cities.
Heavy street traffic in various French cities shows how the country’s annual summer celebrations are taking place.
Amid the hustle and bustle, the French have earned the nickname of being ‘European champions’ when it comes to leaving behind a pet that is considered too much of a hassle to take part in the summer holidays.
The bustle of animal shelters in various cities is a testament to a unique and sad situation.
For animal shelters, summer is their busiest time of the year.
According to official data, more than half of households in France own at least one pet.
So calling France a pet-loving country seems like a fair assumption.
But each summer, an animal rights campaign is launched on a national scale to persuade people to take more care of their animals.
At least between 100,000 and 200,000 pets are dumped in France each year. About 60% of cases occur during the summer.
A viral advertising campaign recently described France as a ‘European champion in pet abandonment’.