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Why’s Zippei So Quiet? TV Dog Had Vocal Cords Removed


If you watch Nihon TV’s Zip! morning show, you probably recognize the dog in the picture above. It’s Zippei (ジッペイ), a cute and fluffy Samoyed dog that travels around Japan as the television show’s mascot.

Every day, Zippei visits a different area, interacting with locals and spreading awareness about the show. The clip below shows a typical Zippei segment:


As you can see, Zippei is extremely well-behaved and never seems to make any noise. This bizarrely unnatural lack of barking gave rise to internet rumors that the Zippei had undergone surgery to remove his vocal cords. Some netizens who claim to have attended Zippei events said they saw the dog trying to bark, but not making any actual bark sounds.

The Asahi Shimbun is now reporting that the internet rumors were true: Zippei had a vocal cordectomy. The procedure took place before Zippei appeared on TV. It was supposedly not a pre-condition for the dog’s participation on the program. NTV is not commenting on whether it approves or disapproves of such surgical procedures .

According to Wikipedia, some people in the United States and Europe consider it cruel. It has even been outlawed in some areas:

The procedure is outlawed as a form of mutilation in the United Kingdom and all countries that have signed the European Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals. In the United States, devocalization is illegal by state law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and by city ordinance in Warwick, Rhode Island. Efforts to ban devocalization are underway in other states.

If the 2channel comments picked up by Itai News are any indication, it seems that quite a few Japanese people also strongly disapprove of de-barking surgery and are disgusted by NTV [むごい話だ / 動物虐待じゃん / ひどいね / 日テレは動物をオモチャにするのが好きだな ] .

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minecrafts 5th-Feb-2012 04:02 am (UTC)
disgusting.
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zomboid 5th-Feb-2012 04:06 am (UTC)
I read in another article that they removed his vocal cords cause they didn't want him to bark at people when he attends events. They didn't want to scare the visitors.

:( It's fucked up
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pamuya 5th-Feb-2012 04:05 am (UTC)
omg this is so horrible

and if the dog or someone with it was in trouble, how the fuck would it let someone know if it couldn't move?
captainmarvel 5th-Feb-2012 04:14 am (UTC)
This is terrible ; _____ ;
I'm trying so hard right now not to cry.
baboboy 5th-Feb-2012 04:16 am (UTC)
that's terrible
iylover 5th-Feb-2012 04:22 am (UTC)
so f-ed up. =/ poor puppy.
drigby 5th-Feb-2012 04:25 am (UTC)
The people responsible for this, indirectly or directly, should have the same procedure done on them so they can feel how enjoyable it is to live as mutes.
nova_usagi 5th-Feb-2012 09:41 am (UTC)
Right, and should people who get their pets fixed also be sterilized? And people who euthanize animals should be put to death?

It`s terrible that they did that to the dog, but not being able to bark doesn`t greatly diminish it`s quality of life. Probably better than the dog having to wear an anti-barking shock or spray collar.
newsvsyamapi 5th-Feb-2012 04:29 am (UTC)
Aweful!!!
liime_arix 5th-Feb-2012 04:38 am (UTC)
Oh god, that's horrible!
squallina 5th-Feb-2012 04:38 am (UTC)
But there are TWO dogs. They're both called Zippei and they are brothers. One wears a red bandana and the other a blue bandana. So does that mean both dogs have had their vocal cords removed?





Edited at 2012-02-05 04:39 am (UTC)
smilepi 5th-Feb-2012 05:22 am (UTC)
what?? this is so sad. :(
spsn 5th-Feb-2012 04:41 am (UTC)
that's just plain cruel... it's a dog, dog barks... can't accept the fact, then use other animal... ... ...
apis_cerana 5th-Feb-2012 04:49 am (UTC)
Yeah. Or you know, fucking TRAIN THE DOG TO NOT BARK.
glider 5th-Feb-2012 04:43 am (UTC)
this is depressing
mizukigirl 5th-Feb-2012 04:45 am (UTC)
Poor dog. T_T
ocha_suki 5th-Feb-2012 04:46 am (UTC)
oh nooooo....why on earth they did that kind of procedure to the dog(s)?!?!?!?!?

Edited at 2012-02-05 04:51 am (UTC)
yunho 5th-Feb-2012 04:47 am (UTC)
*insert completely inappropriate 'guess his bite is worse than his bark' joke here*

but wow no this terrible. i feel so bad for this dog :(
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