[Progress Report] Petition to call for cage-free eggs

As of June 7th 2017, the petition for “Please do not lock down laying hens” has collected 14,565 signatures. We have been delivering these voices to companies that deal with eggs. Hearing from some of these companies, we got the impression that their awareness of welfare issues on animals in the agriculture business has risen in comparison to how they were several years ago. The people in charge of these companies didn’t even know words such as “cages” and “free-range” back in 2014, when we turned in our petition to one of the biggest 24 supermarkets in Japan. However, the companies we inquired this time are aware of the issue of eggs…

Improve methods to slaughter chickens!

Today, the methods of slaughtering chickens, whether they are for meat or eggs, are to hang them upside down in shackles. Then, they are put into an electrified water tank until unconscious, if they are lucky. Those unlucky ones get their throats (artery) slit while being conscious, bled to death, and then put into boiled water. In order to minimize the sufferings, they should be knocked unconscious or stunned by gas or electricity. Instead, chickens necks are cut without such procedures, then, electricity is used after, in order to let them bleed more or calm the chickens. In the EU, it’s not allowed to cut chickens’ necks without making them…

Notice on Drinking Facilities at Slaughterhouses by MHLW

Currently, there are few drinking facilities at slaughterhouses in Japan. Cows and pigs can’t drink water on their last day*1. Motivated by the question asked by Mr. Katsuya Ogawa of the Democratic Party, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare issued a notice about “Placement of drinking facilities for animals at slaughterhouses newly built or renovated” to all prefectures and cities with public health centers. This notice prompts drinking facilities at slaughterhouses referring to the animal welfare standard of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE.) Notice No. 0308  Article 8. March 8, 2017 To: Directors of Responsible Public Health Division (Bureau) in all prefectures and cities with public health centers From:…

Remembering SATSUKI

SATSUKI who rescued by Animal Rights Center in 2016, passed away in this February. It was ten months since she was rescued from the battery cage just before being killed as a culled chicken. May your soul rest in peace, And please never be born again as a chicken next time.

Coop Shizenha Decided Not to Sell Foie Gras for Chirstmas This Year

We learned that Coop Shizenha decided not to sell foie gras for Chirstmas this year. We’d been requesting not to do so for a while. A person in charge at the Coop told us that there had not been many demands for foie gras anyways so they just let it go based on the opinions by the coop members this year. We did not get a promise by the Coop that they would do the same next year. However, the Coop has been a leading company that is aware of food issues. So we hope they will discontinue to sell foie gras. “Force feeding” in the process of making foie gras. Animals…

super overcrowded! Broilers in Japan

Chicken meat for chicken is shipped in 2kg in Europe and the United States, but do you know that it is shipped after thickening to about 3 kg in Japan? Originally, chicken is an animal that grows over 150 days, but broiler has been modified to grow larger in 50 days. They suffer from doing rapid growth.Broilers do not walk naturally. They walk a bit and then sit down. The chickens who lost their natural appearance spend a lot of time in pain, packed in a container after 50 days, being hung upside down, they are neck cut and killed. See detail about broiler (in Japanese) The density in japan…

Live Chickens Burned at Egg Farm

Bones of burned birds – picture taken at a battery cage in Japan 2016 It was revealed that birds were burned alive at a chicken farm with 7 million birds that used battery cages. In April of 2016, Animal Rights Center reported that birds were burned alive at several chicken farms. Some farms have facilities called “dead bird incinerators,” which can burn 50 to 60 birds a day. In those places, they usually burn dead birds found in cages, but they sometimes kill deformed birds with bend necks, broken legs, as well as birds who are unable to produce eggs very much. In such cases, it was understood that these…

Koharu’s story -rescued from battery cage-

Koharu was rescued from battery cage in Japan by Animal Rights Center japan. Japanese 95.2% egg farms are using battery cage. Koharu also was in battery cage of windowless farm egg. She was blind when she was rescued.But her eyes opened in few days.She started dust-bathing in few weeks. Now she was adopted to new family and she got new mother(human), new sisters and brothers(2 chickens, some cats and one dog ). She loves them so much especially her mother and dog. Please help ARC help Koharu’s friends. http://www.arcj.org/en/donate/​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Skylark, please stop selling foie gras!

SKYLARK, the Japanese nationwide family restaurant chain, which includes Gusto and Jonathan, is continuing to sell foie gras. So far, it has bought over 30 tons of foie gras directly from producers ― that’s over fifty thousand birds. Foie gras is produced through gavage, the forced administration of food. Everyday, for two to three weeks, ducks and geese are force-fed between one- fourth and one-third of their body weight, by means of a long feeding tube that is forced down directly into their stomachs, so they can’t vomit. It is written that SKYLARK’s foie gras has IGP Certification. However IGP Certification is a production area certification – It tells us…

Petition”Please do not lock down laying hens”

Please sign & share this petition! https://www.change.org/p/the-egg-industry-please-do-not-lock-down-laying-hens To prioritize maximum output while minimizing costs, most chickens in Japan are raised on factory farms where they suffer greatly, leading short, miserable lives in overcrowded cages. Considered as “things”, not living beings, no consideration is given to their well-being, or the fact that they have their own lives, feelings and emotions. The low price of eggs has remained constant since the1960’s, while chickens have paid the price in suffering. This must end. This petition will be delivered to the egg industry, egg retailers, food manufacturers and restaurants using battery cage eggs and will also be used to lobby the government. The use…

Survey result for welfare at Slaughterhouses

■ Survey period: May through July 2016 ■ Survey conducted by: NPO Animal Rights Center ; ■ Target of Survey: Slaughterhouses (177 facilities in operation) ; ■ Number of Respondents: 96 facilities (54% answered) *We did not include the facilities that mentioned only the kinds of animals they have in this count. ; Kinds of Operated Animals Cows: 78 facilities Pigs: 79facilities Other animals (sheep, goat, horses, etc.):30 facilities *some facilities overlap Drinking Situations Animals can drink water any time before being slaughtered. Cows: 55% Pigs: 25% Other animals: 21% Cows 42 out of 77 facilities replied that their animals could drink water any time (55%). 65 facilities said animals…

Save mother pigs!

15 celebrities have commented against the restraint of pigs: sow stalls. Musician Masami Akita, Professor of Animal Behavior at the University of Colorado Mark Bekov , Faculty of History, Bukkyo University (Tibetan Buddhist Culture) Professor Toshinzo Onoda, Rissho University Associate Professor Muneyuki Nakamura , Princeton University Human Value Center Bioethics Professor Peter Singer, Professor Rakugo Tachikawa Hachibayashi Rakugo, Musician SunPlaza Nakano-kun, Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, The University of Tokyo Prof. Masaki Ichinose, Peer Counselor Human Rights Activist Yuho Azumi, Picture Book Writer / Painter / Poet Sakiaki You, Sculptor Kumi Kanatsu, Animal Journalist Eiki Sato Tenri University Faculty of Human Studies Professor Chihiro Asakawa, Japan Women’s University…

In front of the Skylark general meeting of stockholders. Action to end the sale of Foie Gras

Today we held a demonstration in front of the Skylark general stockholder’s meeting. During the general meeting, one of  the Skylark stockholders suggested that Skylark sell a replacement version of fois gras like faux gras instead. He told us that one of the director’s of Skylark had said that fois gras is popular with Japanese customers because it is  is unusual, but that he understood there were issues and problems related to the selling of fois gras. We need to undertake a more powerful campaign to convince Skylark to take fois gras off the menu.

Victory!Import of Foie gras reduced 20% in 2015.We saved 61,735 gooses!

Japanese government announced the trade statistics of 2015. The import of the foie gras in 2015 decreased 37,041 kg (20%) from 2014.It is one of the factors that Japan was not able to import foie gras by the bird flu in France from France in December. However, there is much import until November in Japan because Japanese use foie gras in whole year unlike foreign countries.It becomes the large decrease even if comparing the import until November. Recognition that foie gras is cruel spreads out among Japanese, and demand may decreases.37,041 kg of foie gras mean 61,735 duck and geese. *We save 61735 duck and goose by Animal Rights Center’s campaigns. Still 234,010 ducks…

Sakura’s Story: A Mother Pig Destined for the Slaughterhouse

We met Sakura at a slaughterhouse in the winter of 2016. She was loaded onto a truck, bloody, with her intestines protruding from her body. She endured most of her life in a gestation crate, small crates designed for pregnant farm pigs that do not allow for movement. She was unable to even turn around or interact with other pigs. She was raised just to bear and deliver piglets. The day that she was finally allowed to leave the crate was the day that she was brought to the slaughterhouse. She could no longer be used as a breeding machine so there was no need to keep her alive. She…

An article of Animal Rights Center was posted on DAYS JAPAN

An article of a pig which I wrote at the Animal Rights Center on January DAYS JAPAN released on December 19 was published. The real appearance of pigs, the present situation where mother pigs are placed, and the children who are made meat. Please purchase from the book store and the following WEB site by all means. Pigs in despair article : Chihiro Okada , Animal Rights Center Japan  Photographs : Animal Rights Center Japan   Buy DAYS JAPAN now  

The End of Egg-Laying Hens: Excruciating Thirst

In Japan, there are no regulations regarding animal welfare before and during slaughter. As a result, many animals are not provided with enough water to be comfortable, and after suffering from excruciating thirst, they are slaughtered. The conditions of hens are especially miserable. Seven to ten hens are packed into small containers and without access to water, they are transported long distances on trucks. They stay in the containers until they are killed. Some poultry famers stop giving their hens water a half day before departure. As a consequence, those hens suffer for extremely long times. Most poultry farmers who raise broilers (chickens raised for meat) want to keep time…

End cruel treatment of animals at slaughterhouses

Please sign petition End cruel treatment of animals at slaughterhouses in japan https://goo.gl/ky5o7D This video was filmed in 2015,Japan Please share this problem people around you. ● Carried in trucks, terrified cows are kicked from the truck, their tails are twisted or even crushed to force them to move. ● In order to make pigs move, stun-gun are used excessively. ● Pigs suffering from disease are left for an extended amount of time, then hung by the leg and dragged away. ● Animals that are carried to the slaughter house in the afternoon are not fed and are butchered the next day. They are not even given water. (They are seen drinking dirty water from the ground while they are being washed)   Cruelty and inhumane actions towards animals at slaughter houses is not the responsibility of individuals. It is an issue of the system. We request the government to make an effort in stopping animal cruelty. At the least individuals and slaughter house should be made aware of  the OIE Terrestrial Animal Health code. *This photo is this taken in 2015 Japan. These are pigs in a holding pen waiting to be killed in the adjacent slaughterhouse. Points on slaughterhouses extracted from the OIE Terrestrial Animal Health code. ● “…mammals and ratites which are not taken directly upon arrival to the place of slaughter should have drinking water available to them from appropriate facilities at all times.” ● “Animals which have not been slaughtered within 12 hours of their arrival should be fed, and should subsequently be given moderate amounts of food at appropriate intervals.” ● “Under no circumstances should animal handlers resort to violent acts to move animals, such as crushing or breaking tails of animals, grasping their eyes or pulling them by the ears.” ● “The throwing or dropping of animals, or their lifting or dragging by body parts such as their tail, head, horns, ears, limbs, wool, hair or feathers, should not be permitted.” ● “Electric goads and prods should only be used in extreme cases and not on a routine basis to move animals. The use and the power output should be restricted to that necessary to assist movement of an animal and only when an animal has a clear path ahead to move. Goads and other aids should not be used repeatedly if the animal fails to respond or move. In such cases it should be investigated whether some physical or other impediment is preventing the animal from moving.” ● “Painful procedures (including whipping, kicking, tail twisting, use of nose twitches, pressure on eyes, ears or external genitalia), or the use of goads or other aids which cause pain and suffering (including large sticks, sticks with sharp ends, lengths of metal piping, fencing wire or heavy leather belts), should not be used to move animals.” ● “Injured or sick animals, requiring immediate slaughter, should be killed humanely and without delay”     OIE Code for slaughterhouses http://www.oie.int/animal-welfare/animal-welfare-key-themes/

Slaughtering without Stunning in Hokkaido

In February, 2014, the Danish Agriculture Minister, Dan Jorgensen, made the following comment about banning slaughtering without stunning, “Animal rights come before religion.” Workers following certain religious customs, for example, those connected to Islamic Halal and Jewish Kashrut practices, slaughter animals without first stunning them. The cutting of the carotid arteries causes extreme pain to animals that have not been stunned. Some people in Japan are slaughtering animals according to Islamic halal traditions. This practice might start in Hokkaido. During the prefectural assembly held on September 16, in the reply to the question given from Atuko Okoshi (a member of the Liberal Democratic Party of Hokkaido Prefectual Assembly), the governor…

No Action Position of Government : No water to quench animals’ thirst at slaughterhouses

In Japan, binding regulations for animal welfare related to slaughter do not exist. Many animals in slaughterhouses are under extreme thirst. The conditions of pigs and cows in Japanese slaughterhouses (2011 Investigation conducted by Meat Hygiene Inspection Center) http://nichiju.lin.gr.jp/test/html/mag/06612/d1.pdf According to the research above, 50.4% of cows and 86.4% of pigs in slaughterhouses have no water to drink. (Only 7% of slaughterhouses kill all animals on the same day they are brought in.) No official investigations have been conducted to research conditions of chickens in slaughterhouses. However, none of the poultry processing plants we have privately visited provide food or water to chickens. We suspect no processing plants in Japan supply…