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…

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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…

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: 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,…

Dolphin hunting in Izu Futo mass producing “Honey” #2. Requesting cancellation of Geopark designation.

Press Release As a protest against Ito City Futo district resuming dolphin drive hunting, over 200 organizations from around the world urge UNESCO to cancel the “Izu Peninsula Geopark” designation It has been announced that dolphin drive hunting by the Futo Branch of the Ito Fishery Cooperative “Ito Gyokyo”, which had not been performed for the last 15 years since 2004, will resume from this year.  The Izu Peninsula was certified in 2018 by the official UNESCO programme “World Geopark”, but resuming dolphin drive hunting is against its philosophy. In response, we are informing you that the following actions were taken today at the request of two organizations, the certified NPO…

#CageFreeJapan Contest Results

Thank you for sending us videos, photos, and episodes of many chickens who are kind, intelligent, and worth their lives on their own. Every chicken was wonderful and adorable and it was difficult to make the selection, but the Animal Rights Center Japan board members voted for the chickens and their episodes, and chose the following. Grand Prize: Displaying the very character of the chickens! 北海道旭川市の 星 穏佳 さんと同居している鶏たち。 「ケージ飼育知らずににわとりかいをしました。知って涙なしにいられませんでした。周りは狭いところが飼うのがあたりまえ。自分はその飼い方にいつしか疑問を持つようになりました。 嘴を切る必要性の無さ、 オスのにわとりをミンチにする無意味さ、 すべて不自然。 農業も不自然ですが、畜産はもっともっと不自然。」 「冬は小屋の中?閉じ込める? んなことしなくても、寒くなれば 勝手に小屋に帰るよ。 だって、うちら自由にうごける足があるしさ。」 Outstanding: Great co-existence of chickens and humans! 愛知県の野田典子さん家族と同居しているちっぷさんとあんこさん。 「ストレスなく快適に暮らす事は人間以外の生き物にも当たり前の権限だと思います」 Like a tomboy ^^ 丸岡圭一さんの家に勝手に住み着いたフランキー。 View this post on Instagram 12年前、庭で放し飼いにしてたニワトリのフランキー君。かなりの凶暴性で、目が合うと襲ってくるやんちゃな子。 もともと捨てられてた子で(まあこの気性の荒さじゃしょうがないかな)、勝手に我が家の庭に居座っていた。 #cagefreejapan ケージフリー。この言葉を聞いた時、フランキーが頭をよぎったのでこの写真を投稿してみようと思った。 ケージフリーは自由で良いよね。 ケージフリーは動物の本来の姿が見られる。 ケージフリーだったからフランキーは私を楽しそうに襲って来るし、 ケージフリーだったから、私とフランキーとの距離感も、慣れ合い過ぎず、互いに距離を保てていた。 しかし、それは突然だった。 ケージフリーだったからだよね。フランキーはタヌキに襲われてしまい、大自然の一部へと還っていった。 ケージフリーにも色々あるよね。 わたし自身、ケージフリーなんだ。 いつ消えるか分からない。…

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Sinful Aquariums – Breeding dolphins while Many of Them Die

A list below shows dolphins that died from 2018 through Sept 27th 2019. Many of these individuals were born to breed, and died within three years after they were born, except for one skunk dolphin. This sinful act has been repeated in the history of aquariums. Sadly, these wild dolphins have had to lose their calves over and over. The breeding practice takes place not for the dolphins, but rather for humans for their entertainment and profit. A few of them survive, and live a long time, but most of them die. Dolphins live in groups of hundreds, sometimes even thousands. They raise their calves together, swim around the vast…