Colorado to ban production and sale of eggs with cages, requiring minimum space and enrichment

On 2020/7/1, following Michigan, Colorado passed a law concerning confinement standards for egg-laying hens.  From 2025/1/1, confinement in an enclosure will be banned, as well as sale of eggs from such practice. The law clearly states at the top that this is “to protect the health and welfare of consumers, promote food safety, and advance animal welfare”. Even in cage-free housing, the law requires provision of enrichment that allow the hens to exhibit natural behaviors, including, at a minimum, scratch areas, perches, nest boxes, and dust bathing areas.  In addition, at least 1 square foot (929cm2) of usable floor space per hen is required.  In the case of single level…

Good News! Hoyu Science Foundation abolishes animal experiments in its research grants for cosmetics and quasi drugs

Regarding research grants from the “Hoyu Science Foundation” established in 2014 by hair color manufacturer Hoyu Co., Ltd. (headquarters: Nagoya, founded in 1905), for applications in the fields of cosmetics and quasi drugs, research involving animal testing will now be excluded from the selection and would no longer be subsidized, as revealed to the Cruelty Free Beauty campaign organizers made up of three groups including Animal Rights Center Japan. The new solicitation from July this year states: “This foundation encourages efforts to abolish animal experiments in the development of cosmetics (including quasi drugs).  Regarding research applications involving animal testing related to the field of cosmetics / quasi drugs, we will…

Additive-free chiffon cake “Kimichiffon” is cage-free

In response to an inquiry from Animal Rights Center Japan, a chiffon cake shop, Kimichiffon in Shibetsu, Hokkaido, responded that all the eggs they use are already cage-free and that they would support the cage-free declaration. This was originally a cage-free egg farm called Farm Armu, and they also run an additive-free chiffon cake shop using the eggs. The owner says, We don’t think it makes sense to keep chickens unless we keep them cage-free.  First of all, if you keep the chickens trapped, they cannot exercise and they have no physical strength, so you’d have to use drugs from when they are chicks.  Instead, they can walk around and…

Spanish restaurant El Campo is cage-free

In response to an inquiry from Animal Rights Center Japan, a Spanish restaurant, El Campo in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, responded that all the eggs they use are already cage-free and that they would support the cage-free declaration. This is a Spanish restaurant that serves cage-free egg omelets. The reason why the restaurant uses cage-free eggs is to help its acquaintances on a cage-free egg farm and because safe feed is used and the chickens are healthy in cage-free rearing. What is cage rearing? In cage rearing, which is the common rearing method for eggs in Japan, chickens are placed in cages and are overcrowded in order to prioritize productivity. As a result,…

A ramen shop using free-ranged eggs, “Kakurenosato Araki“, is cage-free

In response to an inquiry from Animal Rights Center Japan, a ramen shop, Kakurenosato Araki in Aira City, Kagoshima Prefecture, responded that all the eggs they use are already cage-free and that they would support the cage-free declaration. This shop uses “Otafuku egg“, which are some of the few free ranged eggs in Japan. The owner says, The cost of each cage-free egg, which takes into consideration the chicken’s environment and food, is of course high, but to support young people’s town development and cage-free poultry, as long as I continue this ramen shop I would like to continue using these wonderful eggs that won an ethical award. In Japan,…

Good news! BALMUNG is fur free!

BALMUNG(バルムング), whose design is handled by HACHI, has been, and will always be fur free. It is a unisex brand that expresses the unique aesthetic sense of Japan, as if expressing the relationship between people and the gaps between cities. The design is highly rated, and they apparently provide costumes for artists like Lady Gaga, Mademoiselle Yulia, and Terence Koh. Such a wonderful brand has announced that it is fur free! Other apparel companies, please follow suit. To eliminate cruelty from the fashion industry, please recognize that it is important to communicate the will of the company to consumers. Consumers who care about animals, please send your opinions to companies…

The “Ethical Time” shop full of ethical products declares cage free & tie-stall free

Upon entering this store to shop, the items were all ethical products that support various social issues.  In Sapporo, Hokkaido is a dream shop for “greedy” consumers who want to care for animals, human rights, and the environment. Ethical Time, a select shop that sells miscellaneous goods, food, clothing, etc., incorporates various perspectives such as fair trade, animal welfare, vegan, organic, and eco.  This store, which opened in April last year, runs a wonderful shop within Sapporo Factory in Sapporo. This shop has made a cage-free declaration that promises to use only cage-free eggs, and a tie-stall free declaration that promises that cattle will not be raised continuously tied! Cage…

Establishing confinement facilities such as sow stalls and battery cages with subsidies

The national grant programs that support the livestock industry of Japan range so widely, from the two possibly most known programs called “Strong Agriculture Grants” and “Livestock Cluster Business” to lesser known programs such as a compensation for farms when production costs exceed the selling price and a simple long-term and low interest-rate loan, that we can not list them all here. (See here for more detail.) With the novel coronavirus as well, various support for the livestock industry was established.  Let’s take a look at the support system for the livestock industry during the COVID-19 crisis, as a reference for how much the country regards the livestock industry as…

Wanohana, aiming for a recycling-based lifestyle, is cage-free

In response to an inquiry from Animal Rights Center Japan, Wanohana farm in Hitachi-Omiya of Ibaraki Prefecture that aims for a recycling-based lifestyle, responded that all the eggs they use are already cage-free and that they would support the cage-free declaration. They sell pudding made of cage-free eggs. Wanohana’s website says, Laying hens are usually abandoned at the age of one and a half to two years. This is because the eggs laid by aged chickens are often deformed or the egg production rate decreases. (although egg quality is fine) The actual lifespan of a chicken is said to be over 5 years, and from my wife’s desire to keep…

Nature training center and accommodation “Forest Nature School” is cage-free

The “Forest Nature School” in Hida Takayama is, as its name suggests, located in a nature-rich spot surrounded by forests. It has a solid wood accommodation, a training room, and a farming experience area, and offers various training such as furniture making, woodworking experience, lacquering experience, nature observation, food and agriculture experience, mountain maintenance, etc. And in one corner is a barn-raised poultry farm with about 150 chickens.  And, of course, the eggs used for meals during the stay are cage-free eggs.  It also supported Animal Rights Center’s cage-free declaration. The chickens, who exercise reasonably and stay in perches and are in stress-free conditions, are healthy, they tell the children. …