Minister responds “I agree” to Representative Horikoshi’s explanation of the need for promoting animal welfare

On 2019/11/12 at the House of Representatives Consumer Committee, Representative Keinin Horikoshi (Constitutional Democratic Party, Gunma) raised a question about promotion of animal welfare and ethical consumption. Mr. Horikoshi explained animal welfare as part of ethical consumption, its economic impact, investment impact, and the risk of intensive livestock farming, and appealed strongly about the need for help of the Consumer Affairs Agency, which bears the role of educating the consumers.  In response, Shinichi Eto, Minister for Extraordinary Affairs of the Cabinet Office (consumers and food safety) stated as follows: After hearing from Representative, we were not always aware of this, so it was very helpful, or rather a very good…

[Worldwide campaign] Asking the famous dumpling chain Din Tai Fung to ban battery cage eggs

World-renowned Taiwanese food chain Din Tai Fung keeps chickens in their cages, tormenting them, and continuing to abuse them. Din Tai Fung claims that “quality is the lifeblood of business”, but what about animal welfare for eggs? Please stop battery caged rearing of chickens 70+ animal protection groups around the world, including ARCJ, have launched a campaign asking Din Tai Fung to switch to cage-free eggs (eggs from chickens not confined in cages, like cage-free or free-range), which is becoming the world’s standard. We ask Din Tai Fung to procure only 100% cage-free eggs throughout its supply chain around the world. The use of only cage-free eggs is becoming the…

Supermarket Survey: Plant-based Protein

The investor initiative FAIRR, which sheds light on the risks of animal-based protein (total invested asset balance of more than 2000 trillion yen), recommends the transition to plant-based protein, but the first important step in responding to this is that consumers can easily obtain new plant-based protein = veggie meats and soy milk products.  Since Japan is a country with many tofu products, it’s possible that people have traditionally high plant-based protein intake.  However, to reduce animal-based protein, penetration of products such as veggie meats and soy milk yogurt is indispensable.  If these continue to be available only through mail order, penetration will be difficult. Thus, we surveyed how much…

Supermarket Survey: Animal Welfare

The fraction of supermarkets carrying cage-free eggs increased to 51%. Animal welfare, spreading in Japan as well. Animal Rights Center Japan, with support from 77 volunteers in 24 prefectures nationwide from August 1 to September 31, 2019, surveyed 270 stores for animal welfare and plant-based protein availability.  In the “Green Consumer Nationwide Store Survey 2015” sponsored by the nonprofit Citizens Environmental Foundation and participated by multiple organizations including the Animal Rights Center in 2015, 22% of the supermarkets sold eggs that were labeled cage-free or free-range, and 16% of supermarkets sold milk labeled “free range” or “grazing”.  In 2019, the concept of animal welfare seems to have spread a lot,…

Dolphin hunting in Izu Futo mass producing “Honey” #2. Requesting cancellation of Geopark designation.

Press Release As a protest against Ito City Futo district resuming dolphin drive hunting, over 200 organizations from around the world urge UNESCO to cancel the “Izu Peninsula Geopark” designation It has been announced that dolphin drive hunting by the Futo Branch of the Ito Fishery Cooperative “Ito Gyokyo”, which had not been performed for the last 15 years since 2004, will resume from this year.  The Izu Peninsula was certified in 2018 by the official UNESCO programme “World Geopark”, but resuming dolphin drive hunting is against its philosophy. In response, we are informing you that the following actions were taken today at the request of two organizations, the certified NPO…

#CageFreeJapan Contest Results

Thank you for sending us videos, photos, and episodes of many chickens who are kind, intelligent, and worth their lives on their own. Every chicken was wonderful and adorable and it was difficult to make the selection, but the Animal Rights Center Japan board members voted for the chickens and their episodes, and chose the following. Grand Prize: Displaying the very character of the chickens! 北海道旭川市の 星 穏佳 さんと同居している鶏たち。 「ケージ飼育知らずににわとりかいをしました。知って涙なしにいられませんでした。周りは狭いところが飼うのがあたりまえ。自分はその飼い方にいつしか疑問を持つようになりました。 嘴を切る必要性の無さ、 オスのにわとりをミンチにする無意味さ、 すべて不自然。 農業も不自然ですが、畜産はもっともっと不自然。」 「冬は小屋の中?閉じ込める? んなことしなくても、寒くなれば 勝手に小屋に帰るよ。 だって、うちら自由にうごける足があるしさ。」 Outstanding: Great co-existence of chickens and humans! 愛知県の野田典子さん家族と同居しているちっぷさんとあんこさん。 「ストレスなく快適に暮らす事は人間以外の生き物にも当たり前の権限だと思います」 Like a tomboy ^^ 丸岡圭一さんの家に勝手に住み着いたフランキー。 View this post on Instagram 12年前、庭で放し飼いにしてたニワトリのフランキー君。かなりの凶暴性で、目が合うと襲ってくるやんちゃな子。 もともと捨てられてた子で(まあこの気性の荒さじゃしょうがないかな)、勝手に我が家の庭に居座っていた。 #cagefreejapan ケージフリー。この言葉を聞いた時、フランキーが頭をよぎったのでこの写真を投稿してみようと思った。 ケージフリーは自由で良いよね。 ケージフリーは動物の本来の姿が見られる。 ケージフリーだったからフランキーは私を楽しそうに襲って来るし、 ケージフリーだったから、私とフランキーとの距離感も、慣れ合い過ぎず、互いに距離を保てていた。 しかし、それは突然だった。 ケージフリーだったからだよね。フランキーはタヌキに襲われてしまい、大自然の一部へと還っていった。 ケージフリーにも色々あるよね。 わたし自身、ケージフリーなんだ。 いつ消えるか分からない。…

Sinful Aquariums – Breeding dolphins while Many of Them Die

A list below shows dolphins that died from 2018 through Sept 27th 2019. Many of these individuals were born to breed, and died within three years after they were born, except for one skunk dolphin. This sinful act has been repeated in the history of aquariums. Sadly, these wild dolphins have had to lose their calves over and over. The breeding practice takes place not for the dolphins, but rather for humans for their entertainment and profit. A few of them survive, and live a long time, but most of them die. Dolphins live in groups of hundreds, sometimes even thousands. They raise their calves together, swim around the vast…

Are livestock farmers handling lives prepared for disasters?

The livestock industry uses animals daily and works side-by-side with death. The trapped animals mean death if humans stop feeding them. Inappropriate treatment is abuse, and animals are suffering from mistreatment. The situation is determined by the livestock farmer’s one arrangement, one consideration, one lazy heart, one action without courage, and the animals are all under the dominion. Japan is a disaster powerhouse. Earthquakes, water disasters, and typhoons often come and leave great scars every year. In recent years, “stricken areas” keep increasing dramatically. When these two things are considered together, livestock farmers must prepare for disasters much more than usual, and in the event of a disaster, they should…

Stop Tie stalls for daily cow

Even with a thin rubber mat laid on the concrete, every time the cows lay down, get up, or toss and turn, their 700 kg weight strains their joints and bones, and their muscles only get weaker, unable to even exercise. The fur on the cows’ joints wear down, their skins get exposed, further causing bruises, their flesh gets exposed, and the tissues get destroyed. Please don’t buy milk from Tie stalls dairy farms. In supermarkets, you can almost never find ethical milk. Please replace cow milk with soy milk or almond milk. If you want to use cow milk, please order grazing cow milk. Consumer choices change the situations…

Animal welfare issues and solutions for broiler

No land animals are used as much as broiler chickens for meat. In Japan, 700 million chickens are raised per year. For this reason, improving situations for these animals would make a huge impact in terms of animal welfare. It is also important to take this issue seriously for our sustainable society since it is deeply connected to the issue of drug resistance. Many European companies signed up for the European Chicken Commitment. It was initiated by an animal welfare organization that set better standards for raising chickens. In the Commitment, various proposals are suggested to solve issues for chicken in light of animal welfare. Issue 1: TOO BIG. TOO…