Food Footprint Calculator – Know your impacts –

When you trace back where your food came from, you’ll find many footprints. By the time they get on your plate, some ingredients use a lot of water, emit greenhouse gases, afflict animals, and slaughter animals. For the energy to support you for 24 hours, how much resources are you using and causing suffering? To choose food with thought, let’s first follow your footprint. https://www.hopeforanimals.org/animal-footprint-en/ On 2021/6/25, Animal Rights Center Japan released “Food Footprint Calculator” for knowing the impacts of what we eat. By entering your food consumption into this calculator, you can find out: How many animals you eat each year How many hours of animal suffering you cause…

ORGANIC GRILL KUGENUMA-KAIGAN IS CAGE-FREE AND BETTER CHICKEN

In response to an inquiry from the Animal Rights Center Japan, the organic restaurant “Organic Grill Kugenuma-kaigan” in Kanagawa responded that all the eggs they use are already cage free and they promised they will continue to use them. They also would support the cage-free declaration. In addition to the eggs, we found out that the chicken meat they use, imported from Hungary, meets the standards of the Better Chicken Commitment. Also, as for vegetables, they mainly use organic and pesticide-free vegetables. They use different kinds of vegetables based on the seasons. There is also a vegetable plate on the menu that vegan and vegetarian people can enjoy. What is…

アキタフーズもつかうウィンドレス鶏舎
MAFF, unable to escape from its intimate relationship with the industry, is far from regaining trust

On 2021/6/3, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) issued the following report related to the bribery case of the former chair of Akita Foods. Regarding the release of “Report of the Verification Committee on Poultry and Egg Administration” and “Results of Additional Ethical Investigations” The media reported that the conclusion was “chicken egg bribery ‘no policy distortion’ “, but the report shows how much MAFF’s policy was distorted from the start. Questions were also asked by the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Committee, all of which pointed out that the answers were ambiguous and the investigation was inadequate; nevertheless, it repeated that “the policy was not distorted”. Of course,…

Non-profit organization Asahi and bakery Boulangerie Mike are cage-free

In response to an inquiry from Animal Rights Center Japan, a non-profit organization Asahi in Hokuto City, Yamanashi Prefecture, responded that all the eggs they use are already cage free and that they would support the cage-free declaration. This is a social welfare corporation that provides employment support for persons with disabilities. They also sell bread and cakes made from cage-free eggs. The owner says, Cage-free rearing was started 40 years ago by the person who first started the company. I think it’s a pity to keep chickens in cages. Cage-free rearing is more fun than cage rearing and the chickens are cute. ーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーー In response to an inquiry from Animal…

Classical swine fever 2018-2021: Massacre, not euthanasia

Since it occurred at a pig farm in Japan in September 2018, classical swine fever has no sign of stopping. So far, the infection in pig farms has spread to 14 prefectures, and a total of 231,895 pigs have been depopulated (as of the end of April 2021). With avian flu, 9,689,703 birds were depopulated in the country from 2020 to 2021, and it was mentioned in these articles (1, 2) that this depopulation was not euthanasia. Depopulation for swine fever is also far from euthanasia. Pigs are killed by “disinfectant injection into the heart”, “electric killing”, or “carbon dioxide gas killing.” Use of disinfectant “Pakoma” On 2021/4/19, Mainichi Newspaper…

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In 2019, more than 51 thousand chickens were put into boiling water alive.

What if it happened to you…? With their legs fixed, chickens are hung upside down before having their heads cut a little with a knife. While bleeding they are kept hanging for a few minutes, then they are put into boiling water headfirst. What if it happened to dogs? Cats? Or humans? Do you think the society that accepts such cruelty is healthy? However, people who stock, process, sell and eat chickens accept the cruelty.They go about their daily lives blocking out the cruelty on their doorstep as they believe it happens elsewhere. Since 2018, Animal Rights Center has been pointing out that chickens have their heads cut off while…

Izakaya “Shusai Tenmi” and bakery “Casse-tete” are cage-free

In response to an inquiry from Animal Rights Center Japan, Shusai-tenmi in Aizuwakamatsu City, Fukushima Prefecture, responded that all the eggs they use are already cage free and that they would support the cage-free declaration. The owner said, All eggs used are cage free.  Just as humans feel stress, I think birds do, too.  With the eggs being safe and secure, I think it would be best if everyone was cage free if possible. Ai matiere, who had previously declared cage free, told us about this place as a restaurant that also uses cage-free eggs. ーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーー In response to an inquiry from Animal Rights Center Japan, Casse-tete in Kisarazu City,…

Ai matiere and Natural yeast bread bousyu are cage-free

In response to an inquiry from Animal Rights Center Japan, Ai matiere in Aizuwakamatsu City, Fukushima, and Natural yeast bread bousyu in Nagoya responded that all the eggs they use are already cage free and that they would support the cage-free declaration. Both stores use cage-free eggs because they want to use healthy and safe eggs. In modern livestock, even living animals are mass-produced. (The word “produce” is not right for animals at all, but just for easy understanding.) Regarding eggs, in order to produce a large number of eggs, a large number of chickens are stuffed in cages that are stacked in small spaces so that they can be…

Cocoropan and Sakurasaku Farm are cage-free

In response to an inquiry from Animal Rights Center Japan, Cocoropan in Kitaurawa City, Saitama, responded that all the eggs they use are already cage free and that they would support the cage-free declaration. The owner said, We oppose rearing that disregards the lives of animals.  Our desire is to make bread that are kind to the earth so that everyone can cherish their lives, not only human beings.  Therefore, I would like to use natural products like eggs from chickens who have grown naturally.  We also sell ancient wheat bread, which is a favorite among vegans. ーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーーー In response to an inquiry from Animal Rights Center Japan, Sakurasaku Farm…

Izakaya Takahashi Shoten, which chose to switch to barn-raised eggs, is cage free

This month, we received a message from Takahashi Shoten, an izakaya in the city of Seki in Gifu Prefecture, that they switched to cage-free eggs.  A few months ago, ARCJ had asked them to switch to cage-free eggs. The owner said, We used to buy eggs at the supermarket and thought that animals weren’t handled well.  This time, I was able to tour the poultry house at an egg farm and found a farm that was kept clean with soil, so we switched to their eggs.  I’ve always wanted to change to cage-free eggs, but felt it more strongly after receiving a call from the Animal Rights Center urging me…

The Value of Animal Lives Livestock housing exempted from the Building Standards Act

If anyone believes the world is becoming a better place, think again.  In terms of animal welfare, it seems to be getting worse, as we just learned how our livestock industry and the government are treating animals. It’s clear animal cruelty and violence towards humans are two sides of the same coin. However, we haven’t realized these two are closely connected as treatment of animals continues to get worse.    The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) is trying to pass a special provision to exempt livestock animal housing from the Building Standards Act, which sets standards for properties, structure, and facilities of buildings in order to promote public welfare…

Tsuchiyu Inn has switched to cage free in response to customer inquiries

Someone contacted the Animal Rights Center this month saying that there is an inn that has switched to cage free. Checking in with the inn, it seems that all the eggs handled from April 1 have been switched to cage-free eggs. The owner said, There has been a demand for cage-free eggs for a long time, and we wanted to make it an inn that could meet the needs of our customers as much as possible, so we switched to cage-free. I also wanted to make animal-friendly choices from an animal perspective. According to the person who contacted the Animal Rights Center, four months after requesting that eggs be cage-free…

BARAQUE, which uses cage-free eggs in consideration of animal welfare, is cage-free

In response to an inquiry from Animal Rights Center Japan, BARAQUE in Ishigaki City, Okinawa, responded that all the eggs they use are already cage free and that they would support the cage-free declaration. The owner said, All the eggs used are cage-free. In the future, even if I use another type, it will be free-range instead of caged eggs. The reason is really from the perspective of animal welfare. The store focuses on sustainable efforts, reducing plastics and making efforts that are kind to the earth. So I thought that animal welfare was an important point, and from the beginning I had no intention of using anything other than such…

Avian flu 2020-2021: massacre, not euthanasia – evidence 2: “death by heat, by suffocation”
In Avian flu 2020-2021: massacre, not euthanasia - evidence 1: on-site inspection, we showed that the depopulation of poultry for avian flu is a massacre rather than euthanasia, but in this article we'd like to leave another piece of evidence for it being a massacre. On 2021/2/27, A report on the depopulation sites in violent avian flu outbreak events was posted, with a title "[National Defense Forefront] Unimaginable Avian Flu Depopulation: Self-Defense Forces struggle with protective clothing bright red with spouting blood; Japan is an underdeveloped country in animal welfare". In addition to showing that it was a harsh scene, like engaging in depopulation work while wearing diapers, this report…
Stop Salmon Suffering

① SIGN THE OPEN LETTER TO THE FIRST MINISTER OF SCOTLAND Deformed. Diseased. Eaten alive by parasites. Our shocking new investigation reveals countless salmon on Scottish farms are suffering such torments every year. What’s more, the industry is set for massive expansion by 2030 – and Japan is financially supporting the growth of this industry. Japan imported as much as 1,194 tons of salmon in 2019. Compared to 763 tons in 2018, it increased by nearly 1.6 times. It’s crucial we act now to end this endemic cruelty to these sensitive, intelligent animals. Please, sign our open letter today. Urge the Scottish Government to halt the expansion of this industry until tougher welfare…

Deformities, parasite infestations and high death rates: the murky depths of one of the world’s largest fish farming industries exposed in new undercover investigation

Press Release The biggest ever exposé into the Scottish salmon industry reveals suffering on an industry-wide and endemic scale, breaches in animal welfare legislation and shocking mortality rates. The undercover investigation and accompanying report titled ‘Underwater Cages, Parasites & Dead Fish: Why a Moratorium on Scottish Salmon Farming Expansion is Imperative’, released today by a global network of NGOs in over 30 countries, including Animal Rights Center Japan, uncovers the grim reality for many fish raised in sea cages producing world-famous Scottish salmon. Scotland is the third largest producer of farmed Atlantic salmon worldwide (approximately 38 million fish produced in 2019), exporting to over 50 countries, including Japan and ‘the…

2021 Awareness Survey regarding Livestock Animals

Since 2016, Animal Rights Center Japan has been conducting a survey once a year using a private company to see how well the actual rearing of livestock animals is recognized by consumers. We report the results of the survey conducted in 2021 (the number of valid replies was 1,207). The questions are the following 10 items: Do you know that many of the sows are trapped in a gestation crate, a narrow enclosure 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…

Avian flu 2020-2021: massacre, not euthanasia – evidence 1: “on-site inspection”

On 2020/11/5, avian flu broke out at a poultry farm in Kagawa Prefecture for the first time this winter. Since then, bird flu has spread to Fukuoka, Hyogo, Miyazaki, Nara, Hiroshima, Oita, Wakayama, Okayama, Shiga, Kochi, Tokushima, Chiba, Gifu, Kagoshima, Toyama, and Ibaraki, and the number of killing is currently (2021/3/10) 9,689,703 birds. The poultry killed are “egg-layer chickens”, “broiler chickens”, “breeder chickens (farms raising parents for eggs and meat chickens)”, and “ducks”. We doubt that anyone thinks this poultry depopulation for bird flu, requiring killing all poultry on the farm in a short time (as a guide, slaughter within 24 hours, carcass processing [buried and incinerated] within 72 hours)…

Hakoniwa Farm, which learned about the situation of cage rearing and started cage-free rearing, is cage-free

In response to an inquiry from Animal Rights Center Japan, Hakoniwa Farm Co., Ltd. in Mooka City, Tochigi, responded that all the eggs they use are already cage free and that they would support the cage-free declaration. In addition to selling cage-free egg pudding, they also support people with disabilities in collaboration with a disabled employment support business Warakuya. The owner said, About 5 years ago, we went to help a caged poultry farming operation.  The rearing there was worse than we had imagined. Two chickens were packed in a tiny cage, and all they could do was to eat.  In winter, the water pipe of the poultry house burst, and…

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Tragedy of Farm Animals 10 Year Anniversary of the Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami

When visiting cattle housed in Tohoku following the disaster we witnessed cows laying down in abandoned cattle houses.  When water was offered they guzzled it down. One cow, who had been unable to stand up, passed away a few days later.  The calves, only 3 to 4 months old, in the neighboring cattle house were all dead.  The baby cows were also dead in crates except for one calf who managed to escape. They died alone.  The heifers were mostly dead. We only saw two survivors and when we approached them, they licked our hair. They may still be alive since their death is unconfirmed. The contents of the video…