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…

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…

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…

Endorsement Message from Meiji University Professor Emeritus Kunio Fukuda for “Don’t trap mother pigs!”

Don’t trap mother pigs! We for the campaign. “Don’t trap mother pigs!” campaign received a message of support from Professor Emeritus Kunio Fukuda of Meiji University. Pork is “produced” by an unimaginably cruel method = “sow stalls”. I strongly oppose the use of “sow stalls”. This is because, like humans, all living beings including pigs have emotions of happiness, anger, sorrow, and joy. Yoshida Kenko stated in “Tsurezuregusa” (128 steps) 700 years ago as follows.“Looking closely at all living things, birds, beasts, and even insects, their pure ways coming from their defense instincts, like caring for their children, longing for their parents, snuggling with their spouses, becoming jealous, upset, and…

Kurinomi-en, A Social Welfare Corporation that Provides Employment Support for People with Disabilities is Cage Free

In response to an inquiry from Animal Rights Center Japan, Kurinomi-en, a social welfare corporation in Kamitakai district, Nagano, 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 do comprehensive agriculture, and they use cage-free eggs for sweets. The owner said, Naturally, I thought that cage rearing was bad from the beginning. After all, I think it’s important to switch from cage rearing to cage-free rearing for poultry farming. We are trying to spread cage-free rearing and settle it in the area. Specifically for the…

Soleil du printemps decided to switch to cage-free eggs

“Soleil du printemps” in Morioka City, Iwate Prefecture, agreed with cage free and indicated their intention to switch to cage-free eggs by 2030. They mainly serve Western food here. The owner said, I would like to change not only eggs but also other ingredients. I wanted to switch to cage-free eggs because I want to improve this industry. It is not limited to eggs, but Japanese black cattle are also very obese and can not support their weight, tumors in the knees making them bedridden, and foie gras also involve forcible feeding to make the livers sick. Knowing such things, as I am working in the food industry, I want…

Celebrate! Now 100 companies and shops have declared cage free in Japan!

In February 2021, more than 100 companies and shops have made cage-free declarations, promising to consumers that all their eggs will be cage free! In Japan, 99% of chickens are caged, and consumers’ awareness of cage-free eggs is extremely low compared to other countries. Many do not know the fact that egg-laying hens have never been exposed to the sun and are treated as if they were egg-laying machines packed in cages that are too small for them to even spread their wings. Not surprisingly, cage-free eggs are more expensive than factory-farmed caged eggs. Thanks to the actions, courage, and decisions of producers who rear hens with considerations for animal…

“Chickens are supposed to be cage free”, Animal Doughnut of Ikumimama is cage-free

In response to an inquiry from Animal Rights Center Japan, Animal Doughnut of Ikumimama in Kawasaki City, Kanagawa, responded that all the eggs they use are already cage free and that they would support the cage-free declaration. They serve cute donuts with animal motifs here. The owner said, The reason for using cage-free eggs is that I thought that chickens were originally raised cage free. I learned about cage rearing, and I learned that chickens can’t walk on the ground, can’t be exposed to the sun, can’t be exposed to sand, and are given antibiotics and hormones. On the other hand, I learned that cage-free chickens can walk on the ground, can…

What are “efficient” sources of protein?

There was a sign like this at MaxValu supermarket: This probably makes many consumers feel like they should eat more chicken and eggs. However, when speaking of taking in protein efficiently, it would make more sense to compare the amount of protein per unit calorie, rather than “per 100g”. This is because while it doesn’t really matter how many grams of food we eat per day, how many calories we should take in per day is roughly determined. For example, how about per 200kcal. According to Japan food standard composition table 2015 (1) as referred to in the above sign, the composition (protein, fat, cholesterol) per 200kcal is: Per 200kcal…

With thorough rearing for the chickens, Misono farm is cage-free

In response to an inquiry from Animal Rights Center Japan, Misono farm in Komatsucho City, Tokushima, responded that all the eggs they use are already cage free and that they would support the cage-free declaration. They serve baked sweets using cage-free eggs, rice, and fruits. The owner said, We only have 5 chickens per tsubo (3.3 m2), and they live freely. I think there are about 15 in normal cage-free rearing. In the end they become meat, so I want them to live freely and lay eggs in good moods while they are alive. Cage rearing doesn’t treat chickens as living beings; they are packed in cages, with each bird…

Call on the hatchery industry to abolish chick crushing and suffocation

When it comes to slaughter of chicks immediately after birth, many people think of the slaughter of male egg-layers. However, not only chickens for eggs but also chickens for meat (broilers) are slaughtered immediately after birth. Even at the hatchery of broiler chickens, immature chicks, chicks with egg yolk stuck on their bodies, chicks with dirty belly buttons, and chicks with bad or inflamed legs are killed that day. Chicks are born at hatcheries every day; the number of chicks killed in Japan per day is estimated to be about 260,000 for egg-layer chickens and about 21,000 for broiler chickens*. As methods of killing these chicks, it is widely practiced…

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For Valentine’s Day, use cage-free eggs! CINAGRO is cage free

In response to an inquiry from Animal Rights Center Japan, “CINAGRO online shop Biocle” specializing in organic products responded that all the eggs they use are already cage free and that they would support the cage-free declaration. In addition to cage-fee eggs, milk is from grazing cows, pork is stall-free, and beef is grass-fed.  Products using eggs include gateau chocolate. In addition, Yakuryo Kaihatsu Co., Ltd., which operates this site, also operates a restaurant, which also uses the same standards as those dealing with eggs, milk, pork, and beef in online shops. The number of all cage-free egg shops has increased recently in Japan, but we are very happy because…

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Good news! Fur products import reduced in half in 2020 One Step Closer to The World with No Victimized Animals

More and more people are aware that being fashionable doesn’t require killing animals today. From 2000 to 2006, many coats with animal fur for collars were sold. It was hard to find one without fur.Many people still don’t know the horror story behind animal fur to this day. However, some people have started refusing to wear fur products.As a result, a number of fashion brands, especially the ones targeting young audiences, discontinued using animal fur. 2020 was a huge year for animals used for fur. These animals were thought to transmit COVID-19. Additionally, the virus was spread among minks raised for fur, and a new coronavirus strain was linked to…