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Please sign! “Please eliminate cockfighting in Okinawa Prefecture!”

The severity of harm to chickens from cockfighting taking place in Okinawa was reported previously, but this has not been resolved yet. Cockhouse that protects the chickens submits a petition to create a regulation in Okinawa Prefecture that bans cockfighting, and reexamination will take place in July. Even without examination, cockfighting is cruel, causes many illegal activities, and also causes uncertainty in confidence in Okinawa Prefectural police and Okinawa Prefectural government who can not control these crimes altogether. ARCJ has launched a signature campaign with Cockhouse. This will not be a formal petition because the signatures are on the Internet, but we believe that delivering voices from around the country…

What does “vegan” actually mean?

The word “vegan” seems to appear more and more recently even in Japan, but what does “vegan” really mean?  Many people seem to misunderstand, so it would be good to understand its real meaning as this word becomes more commonly used.   Indeed, if you check on Google Trends, the search interests in both “ヴィーガン” and “ビーガン” seem to be increasing exponentially *1.   The word “vegan” was originally invented in England.  In Japanese, many people write “ビーガン”, but “ヴィーガン” is technically more correct, if you want to be exact.  (In Google search, too, “ヴィーガン” has twice as many results as “ビーガン”, so it might be good to try for consistency.)…

Japan’s animal agriculture: is only a short-term perspective ok?

At the Council of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Committee on May 9, 2019, Representative Katsuya Ogawa (Hokkaido) questioned about the failure to protect animal welfare in the Tokyo Olympics, and the response of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) was shocking. Shocking response 1.  Perhaps MAFF doesn’t know much about the group rearing of pigs? The OIE Pig Welfare Policy was established in May 2018, and it recommends that the sows be bred in groups, indicating that pregnancy stall breeding does not satisfy animal welfare (OIE Animal Welfare Code: Animal Welfare and Pig Production System.  Article 7.13.1). In promoting group rearing, MAFF has expressed concerns as follows: Regarding…

Good news! Fashion Center Shimamura is fur-free!

We learned that the 2nd largest apparel company in the country, “Shimamura Group” had stopped selling fur (real fur) and has been fur-free since 2018, thanks to a response we received from Shimamura Company Ltd. Shimamura Group has 1430 stores in Japan just counting the Fashion Center Shimamura, holds about 700 other stores for brands such as Avail and children’s clothing Birthday, and is also advancing to Taiwan and Shanghai. With the Shimamura Group having gone fur-free, the 2nd largest company has become fur-free following the top Japanese apparel company Fast Retailing, representing 45% of the industry with the two companies combined. Until now, when the ethical life creator Azumi…

Tethering of Dairy Cows Remain Common in Japan while European Countries Move toward Ban

Did you know that the majority of dairy farms in Japan tie the cows pretty much permanently with tethers or chains such that they can’t move sideways or back and forth? As many as 73% of dairy farms in Japan use such tie-stalls as the primary rearing method. Dairy cows in tie-stalls in Japan (ARCJ) They can’t even move away from floors covered in feces.(ARCJ) If you were forced to live on feces, tied down like this every day, how would you feel? Japan has no regulations regarding tethering of dairy cows, unlike in Europe. Regulations and Status in Europe In Denmark, 85% of cows used to be tethered in…

Tokyo Olympics:Far From Giving Great Impressions of Japan – It may opposite effects?

It may wind up having opposite effects? On March 13th 2019, Mr. Akihiro Hatsushika, a diet member from Tokyo asked questions about animal welfare with regards to the procurement of livestock for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics to Minister Yoshitaka Sakurada, who is in charge of this issue, at the House of Representatives Committee on Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. In response to the general-policy speech given by the ministry that stated “In the Olympic village, we’ll use domestic ingredients in order to promote Japan …,” Mr. Hatsushika pointed out that many athletes already showed their concern about animal welfare issues in Japan, so it may indeed have opposite…

Over 40,000 pigs got hog cholera – meaninglessly killed and yet more pigs will be bred

In February 2019, hog cholera crossed the border of Gifu prefecture and reached Aichi, Nagano, Shiga, and Osaka prefectures. There are many livestock producers in the area of Tahara-city of Aichi prefeture. Many pigs have been killed since cholera was first observed in Gifu prefecture in 2018. The number of pigs killed has risen to 40,000 in total as of February 2019. It is horrifying to imagine there will be more pigs killed considering the concentration of such business in Tahara city in Aichi. The reports by media and comments by concerned parties only focus on economical damage. However, the biggest loss and victims are indeed pigs. It is not…

Making them fight in confinement, discarding the wounded, and killing them. Demand a ban on cockfighting.

They put two male roosters (shamo) in a small enclosure where they cannot escape, make them fight, enjoy it, and bet money.  The chickens bleed from their heads and bodies, and even bones get exposed, and then the winner and loser are determined.  They mercilessly discard the chickens who lost and became useless.  Female chickens who cannot be used for cockfighting, and male chickens used as underdogs by getting their claws and beaks cut off then become battered are also discarded.  It is said that they cut off the lower beak to make a rooster defenseless and make him fight with a healthy rooster and bet on how many minutes the fight…

Sanyo Shokai (EPOCA, Paul Stuart etc) will be fur free from Fall Winter 2019!

Apparel company “Sanyo Shokai” with multiple brands such as EPOCA, Paul Stuart, APOLIS, etc. prohibits the use of real fur from the Fall / Winter collection in 2019. They announced it in  “On the future growth strategy for the third quarter of 2018”  at October 2018. In order to respect the dignity of animals, the use of real fur is prohibited from the use of autumn and winter items of 2019 • All brands · All products ban the use of furs such as mink, fox, rabbit, raccoon, kangaroo etc (including miscellaneous goods and partial use) A lot of famous apparel companies such as Gucci, Chanel, coaches, etc. have declared the…

Farm Animal Welfare and Slaughterhouses Discussed in Parliament

“I must say that animal welfare is not pursued at slaughterhouses” It was Mr. Keiji Horikoshi, a monk, and a member of the House of Representatives, who raised the issue of animal welfare in slaughterhouses, which had not been included in the original discussions of this group. The Environmental Committee had been long held off during the extraordinary diet session. On Dec 5th 2017, the committee finally took place where Mr. Horikoshi from the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan chose animal welfare issues as his first question. “… especially, there is a belief where Buddha exists in every single thing, including mountains, grass, trees, and rivers in relation to importance of lives, which is called “Sansensoumokushikkaijoubutsu.” This…