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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…

MISATOYA and Natural Ingredients Origin are cage-free

In response to an inquiry from Animal Rights Center Japan, MISATOYA in Chofu City, Tokyo, responded that all the eggs they use are already cage-free and that they would support the cage-free declaration. This is a greengrocer dealing with organic vegetables, additive-free foods, etc. and has a natural food restaurant.  They have been using cage-free eggs for 35 years. 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ー Also in response to an inquiry from Animal Rights Center Japan, Natural Ingredients Origin in Oku Kyoto Ayabe responded that all the eggs they use are already cage-free and that they would support the cage-free declaration. She is using cage-free eggs because her daughter is allergic but had no allergic reaction…

World’s animal protection organizations request OIE to reconsider the animal welfare code for laying hens

To regain confidence in the OIE animal welfare code! Press release: 2020/12/25 Japan’s animal protection groups Animal Rights Center Japan and The Humane League Japan, and the international chicken welfare alliance Open Wing Alliance, working with six domestic animal protection groups, have pointed out to OIE that the current draft of “Chapter 7.Z Animal Welfare and Laying Hen Production Systems”, which includes Japan’s possibly fraudulent opinions, is unreliable. We requested that the items that Japan’s comments and opinions may have influenced be reviewed, and be revised to a fair standard that could truly bring about improvements in animal welfare to the world. This request letter was sent on 2020/12/24 (Japan…

Wisdom of Imu Hotel declaring both Egg Smart and Cage Free

Imu Hotel Kyoto and Animal Rights Center Japan have been on the path to cage-free over the past year, with occasional harsh debates. Originally with vegan options and a proven track record of food education events, including animal welfare, the hotel’s restaurant naturally has a deep commitment to ingredients. Initially, the food supplier used by Imu Hotel did not handle cage-free eggs, and there was a big hurdle to achieving cage-free without changing the favors at the restaurant. For this reason ARCJ introduced some poultry farms in the neighborhood, but it was difficult to get OK from the Imu Hotel side. The price of cage-free eggs that match the chef’s…

Is MAFF telling the truth accurately?

On 2020/12/21, it was reported that the former Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Takamori Yoshikawa announced that he would resign as a member of the Diet, and on the 22nd, he submitted a resignation request to the chairman of the House of Representatives, Tadamori Oshima, which was accepted. As the chairman Oshima was also a representative who was named to have been involved with Akita Foods in Bunshun press, this act makes one feel that there may be no clean politics. While the politician who received fraudulent money is denounced, it’s a strange society where the corporation to which the representative who gave the fraudulent money belonged can escape…

Bribery by a poultry executive afflicts chickens around the world

A former representative (then president) of an egg poultry giant Akita Foods handed about 5 million yen in cash to Japan’s former Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, and had entertained the Cabinet Special Advisor Koya Nishikawa, on a cruise ship. This case is directly linked to the suffering of chickens. The fact that the poultry industry and politicians profited means that there are those who suffer disadvantages, but the victims this time are the weak and the voiceless who do not speak human language; they are the chickens. The OIE (World Organization for Animal Health) states that one of the guiding principles of animal welfare is that “The use…

Gateau d’ange Tenshi-no-pancake is cage-free

In response to an inquiry from Animal Rights Center Japan, Gateau d’ange Tenshi-no-pancake in Kamakura District, Kanagawa Prefecture, responded that all the eggs they use are already cage-free and that they would support the cage-free declaration. The owner says, I use cage-free eggs because chickens are living creatures, so I want to use eggs of healthy chickens who are stress-free, and have not been given antibiotics. I also consider whether the environment is suitable for animal welfare and is not reared in a poor environment. I am also conscious of circulating food scraps in the field as compost. We are also working on wood-burning stoves, solar power generation, and the…

Burger King announces a global cage-free policy

Coalition of 75 nonprofits persuades Restaurant Brands International (RBI) to source 100% cage-free eggs worldwide. One of the world’s largest restaurant groups, Restaurant Brands International (RBI), owner of leading brands Burger King, Popeyes, and Tim Hortons, today released comprehensive global cage-free policies. This commitment to improving its animal welfare policies occurred within 44 days of the launch of a public campaign by the Open Wing Alliance, a coalition of more than 75 major animal protection organizations.  The new global policy released by Restaurant Brands International (RBI) commits each brand to sourcing 100% cage-free eggs and egg products for every single one of their locations worldwide. This transition will be complete…

Oninoie, a social welfare corporation is cage-free

In response to an inquiry from Animal Rights Center Japan, Oninoie, a social welfare corporation based in Saitama that develops various businesses such as employment support for people with disabilities, responded that all the eggs they use are already cage-free and that they would support the cage-free declaration. The owner says, I want to use healthy chicken eggs and keep them cage-free. Chickens fly around freely, eating healthy food such as vegetable scraps, broccoli leaves, and Japanese mustard spinach. I feel sorry about cage rearing. At Oninoie poultry Farm, it is the role of the handicapped persons to feed and collect eggs, and it can be said that this is…

What happened to Japan’s comments to OIE? (with the bribe?)

In the media reports of the poultry bribe suspicion case in which the former Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, had secretly received 5 million yen in cash from a former representative of the egg-producing giant “Akita Foods” (Fukuyama City, Hiroshima Prefecture), there was the following detail: There are voices that both MAFF’s argument against the OIE’s international standard on AW, and the expansion of support for large-scale producers of price difference compensation projects, “were the default route, and may not have required politicians’ intervention”. 2020/12/7 Sankei Newspaper Is this really the case? It’s true that the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) has backward attitude toward the world…

Short film [50 Days of a Broiler: The World Viewed by Mei] created, English version distributed

The year-end and new year holidays are the season for international film festivals. Based on the breeding record footage of broiler poultry farming [50 Days of a Broiler: The World Viewed by Mei] published for 50 days from August this year, Animal Rights Center Japan produced a short film of the same name in English for overseas audience, to be exhibited at several events. Unfortunately, however, in response to the spread of the coronavirus infection, the earliest film festival was postponed to be online, so we decided to release the film to the public in advance considering that the information would become out of date. The production involved volunteer supporters…

Major egg producer Akita Foods alleged to have bribed the Agriculture Minster to protect battery cages in favor of Japan’s poultry industry

Japan’s leading egg producer Akita Foods is alleged to have bribed the Agriculture Minister so that the OIE (World Organization for Animal Health) standard for animal welfare allows for battery cages. Subsequently, Japan submitted an opinion to OIE that chickens do not need dust-bathing litter, nesting area, or perches, and that animal welfare can be achieved even with battery cages. As a result, OIE’s original proposal, which required litter, perches, and nest boxes, changed such that these installations are only “desirable” (moreover Japan is requesting that even “desirable” be omitted). The news that a former representative of a major egg producer “Akita Foods” (Fukuyama City, Hiroshima Prefecture) handed cash to…

Environment Minister Koizumi for ethical diet, too, “avoids eating foie gras”

On November 17, 2020, at the House of Representatives Environment Committee, Representative Keinin Horikoshi explained the cruelty of foie gras and the heated discussions in France. The day has finally come when we can talk about the cruelty of foie gras in the Diet! This question leads to an appeal to prevent cruelty to livestock animals, but stated that the world is beginning to reject cruel procedures. Foie gras, which is said to be one of the world’s three major delicacies and is indispensable for Christmas in France, is now in an era where the majority of people are ok for it to be banned even in France. Last year,…

The livestock industry is also subject to animal cruelty; what’s wrong in the light of the sound common sense of the general public is a crime

Animal cruelty, in treatment of any animals that humans deal with in society, is something that must not exist, either legally or morally, and it must be eliminated in industrial animals as well. Shinjiro Koizumi, Minister of the Environment This was clarified by a question from a member of the House of Representatives, Keinin Horikoshi (Gunma), at the Environment Committee of the House of Representatives on November 17, 2020. For many, this must be taken for granted. However, in the livestock industry, animal cruelty has become commonplace, and mistaken procedures have become commonplace, and the self-cleansing action to correct them has not worked, and the animals used for livestock have…

“Can we continue our agribusiness like this in Japan?”Asked at Standing Committee on MAFF

A member of the House of Representative, Mr. Seiichi Kushida from Kanagawa, asked questions about battery cages for chicken hens, gestation crates for sows, dog meat, and treatment for retired horses at a committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries held on November 11, 2020.  Mr. Kushida started by referring to the demands from the olympians that eggs and pork for the Olympics and Paralympics should come from cage free and gestation crate free ranches. With that, he requested minister Nogami from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (MAFF) to take a leadership role to tackle animal welfare issues in Japan.  In his response, the minister stated as follows: Animal…

Secrets about Milk

We made a manga about secrets behind milk.  Please take a peek into what kind of environment milk is being produced. Illustrator: Vege Manga Natsumi   For people who want to learn more about the situations of various animals, we recommend 「世界を変えたくて自分を変えた」(“To change the world, I changed myself”) by Vege Manga Natsumi for ¥1,000.