Setting Better Standards to handle animals other than cats and dogs Stop making distinctions among animals!

The Act on Welfare and Management of Animals was revised in 2020, which added a new chapter to Article 21 to set better standards to handle animals. We thought we would see great improvement in the animal handling businesses.However, according to the information we gathered in August 2020, the Ministry of Environment mentioned they had no intention of applying this to other animals than dogs or cats.Therefore, we, the Animal Rights Center, started to work together with two other groups called Japan Anti-Vivisection Association and PEACE (Put an End to Animal Cruelty and Exploitation) to negotiate with the Ministry.At the same time, we started a campaign called “#animals left behind”…

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…

Request to Ito Fishery Cooperative: Even for live captures, the sea becomes bloody and the dolphins die

Immediate halt to dolphin drive hunting in Futo for the purpose of selling live bodies to aquariums! In October 2019 Ito Fishery Cooperative in Futo area of Ito-city Shizuoka prefecture resumed dolphin drive hunting, which had not been performed for the past 15 years. If it’s a live capture, it’s not cruel. Based on such understanding, Ito Fishery Cooperative announced to the media the reopening of the hunt. However, the truth is very different. “Ocean-Dolphin-Human” released a video of live capture of bottlenose dolphins by dolphin drive hunting in Futo.  The dolphins driven to the Futo fishing port struggle in the net, panic and collide with each other, and…

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…

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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…

Honey and the penguins, the beginning of new distress

At “Inubosaki Marine Park” in Chiba prefecture Choshi city which closed due to deterioration and business collapse in January 2018, a bottlenose dolphin “Honey”, humboldt penguins, and fish were left behind, and voices of concerns over their future were incessant.  Despite strong interest from overseas, the Marine Park has refused contacts with us or the media and has withheld information. Management resumes with a new owner!?  Honey and the penguins may get sold to China!? According to an article on the 2019/7/5 issue of the weekly magazine “FRIDAY”, the chief director has been replaced by a Chinese woman; moreover, details were posted that are astonishing, or rather they matched our worst expectations.…

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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…

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…

Stop Using Horses–Abuse against horses at shrine’s festival in 2018

The Fujisaki Hachimangu Shuki Reitaisai festival was held on September 16th 2018 in Kumamoto prefecture at which abuse against horses took place again. The most noticeable incident was where horses were beaten with whips numerous times during the break, and cheers from the audience broke out every time horses kicked their back legs. The video showing the incident was picked up, and covered by lots of media outlets. However, abuse cases did not end there. We failed charges against three malicious cases for abuse, which were captured on videos. These charges have been accepted. Please sign petition here! Don’t use horses for festivals! Sign petition Process for these charges “Isn’t…

Diagnosis of Honey :Possibility That She Is Suffering from Internal Disease

Veterinarians of each prefecture are not professional of each species. They may diagnose that Honey has no problem because she is alive and her scars are getting better. However a veterinarian who’s professional of marine mammal did not diagnose the same. We had Dr. Heather Rally diagnose Honey. She is a California licensed veterinarian with specific training in marine mammal medicine and dolphin health assdssment. She is the Supervising Veterinarian of Captive Aniaml Law Enforcement with the PETA Foundation in the United States. Diagnosis “She needs to be diagnosed and treated immediately” Dr. Heather Rally :Veterinarian (California licensed veterinarian) 2018/09/01 “Video footage indicates that numerous animals are currently being held captive…

Don’t Make Honey Suffer Anymore! Give Honey a Peaceful Life

Honey was pregnant when she was captured Honey is left alone in Inubousaki Marine Park which is already closed. She is a wild bottlenose dolphine that was captured by drill hunt in Taiji in Wakayama prefecture in February 2005. She gave birth to “Marine” at June 26, 2005. Bottlenose dolphins’ pregnancy period is 12 monthes. There is also a record showing Marine’s father is a wild dolphin, it can be said that Honey was pregnant when she was captured. There is a news paper article of when Honey was captured. “『Unexpected baby  A dolphin gave birth to a baby at Inubousaki Marine Park』 The mother was just transported to the park after being…

Against Aquarium ,Never go to see cruel dolphin show

On 26th August, we educated the issues of the aquarium in front of Shibuya station and appealed with 20 members. Check photographes on ARCJ’s Flicker Handborn dolphin “Honey” is left alone in closed Inubosaka Marine Park.”Save Dolphin’s Honey! Postcard action” had been spread rapidly, now Haney became a social issue.On this day, two television programs came. And we could distribute 600 sets of leaflets.Read about Honey http://www.arcj.org/en/animals/aquarium/00/id=1352 We hope that Honey will never be used for aquarium business again. Honey needs a sanctuary. Thank you for joining us.

Send Honey to a Sanctuary! Liberate Her from Dolphin Show and Artificial Breeding

Inubousaki Marine Park in Chiba prefecture was closed down in January 2018. Honey, a bottlenose dolphin is left in the park alone. There were 4 other dolphins at the park but all of them died already. Inubousaki Marine Park do not answer to any questions related to the current situation of Honey or where she will be sent to. The current situation of Honey Honey is kept in a pool outside. She needs to fight against loneliness by herself.  The skin of her back is cracked, and she was performing stereotyped behavior of shaking her head up and down. We asked Kaisou Health Center about the crack of her skin…

Horses killed for meat – Raised in horrific conditions

What do you imagine when you hear a word “horse”? Horse race Horse ride History drama Horse carriage Processions (Daimyo-Gyoretsu) Horses used at events Hormone agents Shampoo made of horse oil … and Horse meat Horses are used in many scenarios. However, almost all horses end up being killed for their meat. Where do horses in Japan come from and what’s their destiny? How much sacrifice are we talking about? The number of horses raised in Japan, except for the ones raised for meat, is approximately 70,000. The number slaughtered in 2015 was 12,466. Kumamoto prefecture killed more horses than any other, of which the number was 5,642, followed by 2,701…

We lodged this petition to 14 owl cafe and owl shop

We lodged this petition to 9 owl cafe and owl shop(selling owl as a companion animal) , One of them stop selling owl anymore, but others no reaction. Hokkaido 1 Miyagi Prefecture 1 Gumma Prefecture 1 Kanagawa Prefecture 4 Tokyo 5 Chiba Prefecture 1 Hyogo Prefecture 1 One of the owl shop are one of Japanese big home improvement retailer. They said to us [After the last one owl will be sold, we will stop to sell owl anymore. As a result of considering the ecology and characteristics of the owl, we decided.] Please sign the petition End owls café where the birds are constrained and immobile

Ex-owl cafe worker speaks out

We have received information from a whistle-blower who previously worked at an owl cafe.  The conditions which owls live under in this kind of establishment are unimaginably inhumane, being forced to just stay still and endure their circumstances. We have to think about what we can do, individually and collectively, about this situation. Kept leashed in the same place, even during their rest time and after the shop is closed I worked at an owl cafe from 2015 through 2016. This is a place where you can watch and pet live owls while enjoying a drink. The shop keeps around 30 owls to exhibit, as well as to sell. These…

Please liberate 315 chimpanzees in Japan

Chimapanzee is very close as human being. They can use tools, their emotional expressions are almost same as human,  their love expression, sorrow, happiness, anger, and behavior when you get lost are same as human. There are 315 people of chimpanzees in Japan without proper environment and care Please boycott zoos in Japan. Pon was in Yamajigoku zoo in Beppu Onsen別府温泉 Pon was born in Africa in 1978, he was bring to Japan at 1~2 years old. His space is only about 20 ㎡, and  one tire was hanging. Though we demand to impove his situation to the zoo, the zoo did not do anything for him , their excuse was that he is…

Rescue lonely elephants in Japan

There are 14 lonely elephants who are confined in small and yet strong cages in Japan. It’s not only Hanako in Inokashira Park, who was unfortunate. Please give a relief to them. Especially to the Asian elephants in Utunomiya Zoo, Obihiro Zoo, Kiryugaoka Zoo, and Yuki Park Zoo who are put on just inorganic concrete, just like at Hanako in Inokashira Park. Obihiro Zoo, Kiryugaoka Zoo, and Yuki Park Zoo are facilities controlled under each city. If you sympathize with these elephants, please demand the cities to improve the situations. These three are especially awful cases, but the others do not accommodate elephant’ natural behaviors either. We demand improvements to take…

End owls café where the birds are constrained and immobile

“interactive” cafe using raptors such as owls A business aimed at “interaction” with animals has been spreading the last few years. Among them, cafes using owls are increasing in number. Being healed by interacting with charming owls with big round eyes, that’s the selling point for the owl café. However, the owls do not agree to heal people. It’s called “interactive” but there is no “interaction” there. Some are constrained and the others are unilaterally touching them.   Owls are used for commerce, being stuck with a short leash, not able to drink water when they want to, getting their pictures taken, and are not able to fly away when…

Petition to ban “Pig Rodeo” in Seiyo City, Ehime Prefecture

It’s been decided that the pig rodeo will be discontinued in 2017. http://www.arcj.org/animals/sacrifice/00/id=884 What is Pig Rodeo? The event called ;Okuchi no Umi Carnival; in the town of Mikame, Seiyo City, Ehime Prefecture, is where the Pig Rodeo takes place. The ;Pig Rodeo; is a contest consisting of people getting on the back of a pig and riding it as long as possible. This event has been held for more than 25 years with 10 pigs being used in the 2015 event. • The unwilling pigs squeal • They develop red, swollen necks and struggle to breathe • Some pigs stumble or are unable to walk, others drag their feet…