2020 Awareness survey regarding livestock animals – The awareness remains low

Since 2016, Animal Rights Center Japan has been conducting a survey once a year using a private company to find out how much awareness there is about the actual rearing conditions of livestock animals. We have now conducted a survey for 2020, so will report the results. The questions are the following 10 items. Do you know that many of the mother pigs are confined in gestation stalls, small enclosures in which they can’t turn around? Do you know that many of the piglets are castrated and have their teeth and tails clipped without anesthesia? Do you know that many of the chickens for eggs are kept in metal wire…

Fur garment imports down 43% from last year. Down 89% from when the campaign began!

The 2000s were really terrible.  Everyone had animal fur around their necks.  In 2006, fur garment imports peaked and as many as 21,331,530 fur items were imported.  This means in one year, 20 million people purchased fur garments. The campaign against fur was launched in the wake of an investigation video showing the actual situation of the Chinese fur industry released from late-2005 to 2006, and a march against fur began in the same year 2006.  Actions in front of stores, simultaneous campaigns around the world, letters and requests to companies, public outreach, whatever we could do, the movement continued to spread.  Demonstrations marches were held simultaneously in 12 regions,…

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,…

Fur Farm in China, 2019
In 2019, we had the opportunity to learn what condition a fur farm in China is in.  The rearing situations were clearly worse than in the West, and the conditions were obviously inferior. Sign the petition to aim for zero-fur Overcrowded and filthy One can of course imagine that the space is not of the proper size, but even compared to the Western fur industry, the cage size is small, poor, and overcrowded.  The foxes and raccoons (sometimes labeled raccoon dogs) sleep overlapped, such that if one moves, another in the same cage must also move. Breeding cages seemed to be relatively large and had nest boxes, but they would…
Survey result for welfare at Slaughterhouses

■ Survey period: May through July 2016 ■ Survey conducted by: NPO Animal Rights Center ; ■ Target of Survey: Slaughterhouses (177 facilities in operation) ; ■ Number of Respondents: 96 facilities (54% answered) *We did not include the facilities that mentioned only the kinds of animals they have in this count. ; Kinds of Operated Animals Cows: 78 facilities Pigs: 79facilities Other animals (sheep, goat, horses, etc.):30 facilities *some facilities overlap Drinking Situations Animals can drink water any time before being slaughtered. Cows: 55% Pigs: 25% Other animals: 21% Cows 42 out of 77 facilities replied that their animals could drink water any time (55%). 65 facilities said animals…