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…
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…

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…

Doyuuno Ltd. and Yamanishi Syouten Co., Ltd. are cage-free

In response to an inquiry from Animal Rights Center Japan, Doyuuno Ltd. in Toyama City, Toyama, responded that all the eggs they use are already cage free and that they would support the cage-free declaration. The owner said, Japan’s food today tends to start with price and brand, and I feel that it has distanced from the actual creatures. I want to communicate that every egg is produced by a chicken once a day.  Cage rearing is focused on cheap and  mass production, so the distance between creatures and consumers is far away. With cage free, that distance can be shortened and we can remember that live chickens are laying them…

Treatment of chickens in 2020 Birds are abandoned overnight at slaughterhouse

We’ve been following the issue of egg laying hens being abandoned for long hours at slaughterhouses since 2018.Unlike broiler chickens, egg laying hens have to wait overnight until they are killed at slaughterhouses. It’s a big animal welfare issue since chickens are not able to move their heads in a tiny cage for these hours. It was discussed in the diet and ultimately led to concerned ministries to release improvement notices. However, the Animal Rights Center confirmed the situations hadn’t improved so it was escalated in the diet again. As a result, the Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare finally conducted an on-site inspection in August 2018. Their finding was released in November…

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A store “FUSABUSA” that aims to coexist with nature, and a healing cafe “&ai” are cage-free

In response to an inquiry from Animal Rights Center Japan, FUSABUSA in Kamogawa,  Chiba, responded that all the eggs they use are already cage free and that they would support the cage-free declaration. The owner says, I’m a natural farmer and I’m also very interested in animal welfare. I would like modern people who are pursuing convenience too much to take good care of nature, recognizing that human beings adapt to nature and receive life as part of nature. She talked about her strong desire to protect nature. This store holds workshops on natural foods. 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ーーーー In response to an inquiry from Animal Rights Center Japan, &ai in Kamagaya, Chiba,…

Restaurant The Applehouse, and Tsukiji lim-classo, are cage free

In response to an inquiry from Animal Rights Center Japan, Restaurant The Applehouse in Morioka,  Iwate, responded that all the eggs they use are already cage free and that they would support the cage-free declaration. The owner says, We do not slaughter the cage-free chickens, but take care of them until death. Usually they get killed in about 2 years, but my chickens live 5 or 6 years, so I think they are happy.  Today’s livestock farming in Japan packs them tightly, so the animals are prone to illness; that’s why I think antibiotics and hormones must be used.  I think it is better for animals to have less stress with…

Fukunoki, Hoccoricafe, are cage free

In response to an inquiry from Animal Rights Center Japan, Fukunoki in Sapporo, Hokkaido, responded that all the eggs they use are already cage free and that they would support the cage-free declaration. This is a tomato-based ramen shop with a vegan menu. Introduced on the ethical vegan site Hachidory → https://www.hachidory.com/restaurant/00/id=1101 The owner says, I’d like everything to be vegan, but I use eggs for the summer menu only.  I use cage-free eggs, but I would like to reduce the use of eggs in the future.  We have set up leaflets about animals in the store.  Many people think that vegans and vegetarians are just health conscious, so I would…

Small victims: quail eggs and their reality

Little quail eggs. Quails who lay these eggs are also very little. She was small enough to fit in the palm of my hand, and weighed only 100g when rescued. Rescued “waste quail”, Japan “Boiled quail eggs”, “flavored quail eggs”. Raw quail eggs are also sold at supermarkets. But how these quails are reared, probably not many people know. Actually the rearing method is the same battery cage as chickens, with wire mesh on all sides and wire mesh on the floor, which are tilted so that eggs can easily roll. There are no dustbathing or hiding areas. Rearing methods for both quails and chickens are equally inhumane. The photo…

Effective altruism: the case for cage-free campaigns

Originally written by Luis Costigan of Effective Altruism Japan, modified by Yuki Takahashi. Summary Farm animal welfare is considered a high-priority cause area by the Effective Altruism community due to the sheer scale, neglectedness, and tractability of the problem. Egg-layer hens are the most farmed animals both globally and in Japan (excluding fish). The number is similar to that of humans. Over 99% of layer hens in Japan are reared in battery cages. Battery cages are plausibly extremely bad; many sources have evaluated a life in a battery cage to provide the lowest levels of welfare across all farmed land animals. Campaigning for corporations to source eggs from cage-free producers…