Long-Neglected “Honey” Dies: what caused this tragedy are those who paid for aquariums

The dolphin “Honey”, who had been confined to a small cage called a pool at Inubosaki Marine Park (closed), died of obstructive enteritis, as released to the media on March 29 *1. When our partner organization PEACE checked, the last visit by the health center was on March 18, after which they had been told to just wait for a public announcement from the operating company. Just the day before the announcement was made, Animal Rights Center Japan staff had gone to view. Yesterday’s report 2020/4/3 16:00.  Looking at the Inubozaki Marine Park from the road, a caretaker was seen feeding dozens of penguins by the pool. In the small pool…

[Slaughterhouse in Japan] Tether too short to even lie down, tied overnight without even water

 December 2019, midnight. At a slaughterhouse in Japan, this cow was tied with a very short rope passed through the nose ring, awaiting slaughter the next morning. The length of the rope was so short that the cow could not lie down, and even limited his ability to move the head up or down.  The cow with his behavior severely restricted continued to stand there, stepping and licking around the mouth with his tongue.  Not even a water drinking facility.  Even if there were, his mouth probably couldn’t reach there with the short rope.  He is in this state until he is killed the next day. Ability to drink…

HORIZON FARMS makes triple AW declarations, with cage-free and better chicken

HORIZON FARMS has made animal welfare declarations, one for stall-free in February, and then cage-free and better chicken in March. Horizon Farms, which has been procuring meat with commitment to animal welfare in rearing methods since its beginning, is a company that has always considered the inquiries of us animal protection groups seriously and thinks about what they can do for farm animals.  The company, as noted on its website, only procures meat from farms that thoroughly take care of the reared animals.  For this reason most is imported from overseas, but this time it will begin procuring cage-free eggs from a carefully selected domestic poultry farm; the triple declarations…

Parliamentary League for Animal Welfare Established!

On 2020/2/19, the Parliamentary League for Animal Welfare was established as suprapartisan (including ruling, opposition, and independent parties) led by Constitutional Democratic Party members. The introduction said that the establishment was based on a strong desire to work on animal welfare, livestock animals, and laboratory animals that are left behind in the Animal Protection Law.  Thank you to all the interested members of the Parliament. We strongly hope that we will be able to achieve world-standard animal welfare while involving the industry. One week prior, on February 12, a study session was held for an introduction to animal welfare with the invitation of Tohoku University Emeritus Professor Sosuke Sato.  Introduced…

HORIZON FARMS, caring about animal welfare since the beginning, declares stall-free

After considering animal welfare alone, HORIZON FARMS, which is committed to free-range grazing, has made a stall-free declaration, promising to never lock mother pigs into gestation stalls, now and in the future.  According to HORIZON FARMS staff, they make procurements while constantly checking with rigorous eyes whether especially the pregnant pigs are spending time relaxed, whether they have good care during child bearing, and whether the interactions between piglets and mother pigs are realized. At HORIZON FARM, which asserts that “In low-cost, high-volume animal agriculture, animal welfare is ignored. We never compromise the health of the animals and the consumers for the sake of increasing productivity”, they offer meat from…

Remedies are there, the world is moving, Japan please follow! Broiler chicken welfare

Broiler chickens — 700 million are killed every year within Japan alone.  Nearly double if imports are included. Japanese chickens suffer from overcrowding. Poultry farms in Japan are 1.7 times denser than in the EU and 1.8 times denser than in Brazil. While Thailand and other countries are improving, Japan is not improving. Why? Because people living in Japan do not know anything. They haven’t even noticed that chicken farms for meat in Japan are much worse than the world standard. A number like 700 million may paralyze your senses. But can you not tell by looking at the individual face and the facial expressions? That he or she is…

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,…

Good news! More and more fur-free companies! Mont Bell, Licht Bestreben、proef、mina perhonen、roundabout、YUKI、meagratia

noFollowing January, we’re very happy to be able to announce to youyou m fur-free companies. We will introduce the nice companies that has declared fur-free in the order that we received their response! meagratia: brand centered around the history of European second-hand clothes YUKI: domestic brand for ladies clothing roundabout: maker brand not influenced by trends Montbell: leading Japanese outdoor brand mina perhonen: world-reknowned brand in the textiles area proef: brand reknowned for patterned stockings Licht Bestreben: brand to watch since 2016 Licht Bestreben responded that they’re doing it for animal welfare!   Numerous brands are declaring fur-free.  The cnsumers are the ones building a society where companies can easily declare.…

Peaceful March as a First Step to Changing Society: March for Animals – Compassion for All Animals

On January 26, “March for Animals — Compassion for All Animals” was held in Tokyo. 326 people marched in Shibuya, Omotesando, and Harajuku, calling for compassion for all animals and eliminating animal suffering. This time was a new endeavor. To transform the society into one without animal suffering and one with compassion for animals, it was an event encouraging joining forces, instead of criticizing each other, to form opinions. With a focus on common feelings for the animals instead of differences, we were able to make it successful. 326 participants may still be few. Still, it was a peaceful and memorable march.  Interviews of participants  It being in…

Good news: More and more fur-free companies! WCJ、CORONA、49、beauty:beast

At Animal Rights Center Japan, we’re advancing surveys of the apparel industry about handling of fur. In 2020 at this point, there have already been 6 companies that revealed being fur-free.  The following companies newly revealed their fur-free policies this time around: WCJ(WCJAPAN) CORONA 49, Ltd beauty:beast Newly joining the fur-free industry along with MIKI HOUSE and Honeys Holdings! There are increasing number of companies who make sustainable and compassionate decisions. Probably there are many companies who have already stopped handling fur and decided to be fur-free as internal policy.  However, it is only when they tell consumers that they actually declare being fur-free, and consumers will then increase their…