[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…

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…

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…

The OIE Standards – Make them known to Animal Welfare Administration

On December 3rd 2019, a member from the House of Representatives in Gunma prefecture, Keinin Horikoshi, asked Minister Shinjiro Koizumi of the Ministry of Environment questions about the needs of animal welfare for livestock animals. The OIE Standards, which the Ministry of Environment at the Committee on Environment in May 2019 promised to follow, were supposed to be known to the local officials through their study group sessions. How does Minister Koizumi understand animal welfare issues on livestock animals? Mr. Horikoshi emphasized the importance of leadership by the Ministry of Environment on this issue: There was some progress in this issue in certain aspects. I believe the leadership by the…

[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,…

#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。…