Good news: More and more fur-free companies! WCJ、CORONA、49、beauty:beast

At Animal Rights Center Japan, we’re advancing surveys of the apparel industry about handling of fur. In 2020 at this point, there have already been 6 companies that revealed being fur-free.  The following companies newly revealed their fur-free policies this time around: WCJ(WCJAPAN) CORONA 49, Ltd beauty:beast Newly joining the fur-free industry along with MIKI HOUSE and Honeys Holdings! There are increasing number of companies who make sustainable and compassionate decisions. Probably there are many companies who have already stopped handling fur and decided to be fur-free as internal policy.  However, it is only when they tell consumers that they actually declare being fur-free, and consumers will then increase their…

Good news! Honeys Holdings for teens apparel is fur-free!

Honeys Holdings, famous for casual fashion for teens, turns out to be fur-free! Although Honeys had not replied as being fur-free as a company despite having already stopped handling real fur a while ago, and therefore could not be called fur-free, in response to an inquiry from the Animal Rights Center, it replied clearly that “We have already abolished handling of fur including in the future”. Finally it has become a fur-free company!   Honeys Holdings has several brands and manufactures and sells fashions for young women in general, not only for teens but also for offices. The company ranks 24th in the apparel industry and has 865 stores. We…

Good news! MIKI HOUSE for baby and children’s clothing, fur free!

The first good news of 2020 is MIKI HOUSE for baby and children’s clothing being fur free! In response to an inquiry from the Animal Rights Center, MIKI HOUSE replied that it had already stopped handling animal fur and will not do so in the future. With its reputation where it’s rare for people to not have heard its name in Japan, Miki House being fur-free is a huge step forward for animals. Heart-felt thanks to MIKI HOUSE (Miki Shoko Co., Ltd.) for making such an admirable decision. Other apparel companies, please follow suit. To eliminate cruelty from the fashion industry, please recognize that it is important to communicate the…

A 3-minute film by Animal Rights Center Japan received an award

2019 was a year with many natural disasters due to violent typhoons.  Animal Rights Center Japan has investigated livestock animals in the affected areas and saved records of them.     A 3-minute film “Don’t leave me” edited based on footage taken at those times received the Murakami Hiroyasu award (director of films such as “Tokyo Higata”) inithe 3-minute video corner at the Labor Festa (an event about documentary films, etc) held in Tokyo Tamachi Transport Hall on December 21. (★ There are some scenes that are difficult to watch in the footage.)       It’s a small piece, but that the livestock animals in the affected areas are…

OIE Laying Hen Code Final Proposal: Opinions of Industry, Experts, and Animal Protection Organizations

OIE (World Organisation for Animal Health) in September 2019 prepared and presented the 3rd draft of the “Animal Welfare and Laying Hen Production Systems”. The development of the “Animal Welfare and Laying Hen Production Systems” has been under discussion since 2017, and especially for the second draft last year, there were embarrassing opinions from Japan that the animal welfare standard should be significantly lowered.  Similar opinions were expressed not only by Japan but also by the United States, but Japan’s strong and backward attitude seems to have left a strong impression in the world. In response, 3rd draft was created, but the content was reduced to a level that would…

Wishing to end suffering of the animals… Please support our activism!

The chicks being raised for meat who end their short torturous lives while they are still babies. Breathing while shaking their bodies is an abnormal and critical condition for chickens. However, no treatment is performed in the poultry industry.  In search of efficiency, they are being selectively bred way too much and are being raised in excessive concentration. There are many harmful effects. These harmful effects are not only on chickens but also on humans. Please support activities to eliminate the suffering of chickens. https://arcj.org/en/donate/

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,…