Purinyasan Hohoemi Kitchen, a specializing in barn-raised egg puddings, is cage-free

In response to an inquiry from Animal Rights Center Japan, a pudding shop Purinyasan Hohoemi Kitchen in Setagaya Ward, Tokyo, that specializes in pudding using barn-raised eggs, responded that all the eggs they use are already cage-free and that they would support the cage-free declaration. The owner says, I know that most Japanese eggs are cage raised. I use cage-free eggs because I want the animals to be like those animals at least while they are alive. I wish cage-free eggs will become more commonly distributed. In addition, for ecological reason, you can get one stamp on the point card when you return the container and the lid to go,…

Decision 107 years after foundation: declares transition to cage-free. “No compromise in making real confectionery” – Wagashi Mizunoya

Decision of a long-established Japanese confectionery company Mizunoya, a long-established Japanese confectionery store that was founded in 1913 and operates three Japanese confectionery stores in Miyazaki Prefecture, has made a cage-free declaration. A new page of animal welfare has begun in the history of Mizunoya, which has been loved and inherited for over 100 years. Mizunoya, which runs a Japanese confectionery store in Miyazaki, where there are many poultry farms, was originally eager to choose good eggs.  By using eggs that enhance the taste of Mizunoya’s sweets without compromise, they have protected their flavors since the Taisho era.  However, Mr. Yusuke Mizuno, the 3rd president who would like to ease…

Natural Ramen Shi-Ann, caring about environmental issues, is cage-free

In response to an inquiry from Animal Rights Center Japan, a ramen shop, Natural Ramen Shi-Ann in Tsukubamirai, Ibaraki Prefecture, that cares about environmental issues, responded that all the eggs they use are already cage-free and that they would support the cage-free declaration. Natural Ramen Shi-Ann’s soup stock is of all vegetable origin. Eggs are used for toppings, but all are cage-free. There are also vegan-friendly menu items in consideration of environmental issues, which are also introduced on the vegan ethical website Hachidory. This is a ramen shop that is kind to the Earth as well as to chicken In Japan, over 90% of the farms uses battery cage rearing,…

2020: “Welfare” not improving at slaughterhouses

Animal Rights Center Japan has collected signatures and submitted the petition calling for improvements to slaughterhouse animal welfare, and has worked on various slaughterhouses 1 2 3.  But at the moment there is almost no information suggesting improvements. The problem of inadequate drinking water at slaughterhouses has not been solved.  Animal welfare education for slaughterhouse staff is not provided, either.  Dragging immobile cows with chains, not caring for lactating dairy cows (not milking etc), moving to slaughterhouse weak animals with hernia etc not suitable for transportation, twisting cows’ tails to move them… these present practices violate the animal welfare standards of the OIE (World Animal Health Organization) to which Japan is…

Free-range rearing for 32 years, Tamagoya kitchen directly managed by Nodoka Farm

In response to an inquiry from Animal Rights Center Japan, a farm restaurant Tamagoya Kitchen directly managed by Nodoka Farm in Nagawa Town, Nagano Prefecture, rearing chickens free-range for 32 years, responded that all the eggs they use are already cage-free and that they would support the cage-free declaration. This farm uses a free-range rearing method, which is quite rare in Japan. The owner says, We have been practicing free-range rearing since 32 years ago when caged rearing was the norm. Free-range rearing was a result of thinking about how to create a healthy environment for chickens and how to make better eggs. A healthy environment for chickens is, of…

Miyagi Farm Co.,Ltd, selling cage-free eggs mayonnaise is cage-free

In response to an inquiry from Animal Rights Center Japan, Miyagi farm Co.,Ltd, in Nanjo city, Okinawa prefecture, who sells mayonnaise made of cage-free eggs, responded that all the eggs they use are already cage-free and that they would support the cage-free declaration. They want to produce eggs that are different from others, and they think that the best rearing method is one that suits the mode of life , so this poultry farm takes the form of cage-free rearing in the winter and free range rearing in the summer. Miyagi Farm’s website says, A chick that was dying from overmedication stood up. In 1980, I began poultry farming with…

Kokoron, 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, Kokoron, a social welfare corporation based in Fukushima that develops various businesses such as employment support for people with disabilities and organic agriculture, responded that all the eggs they use are already cage-free and that they would support the cage-free declaration. The owner says, The reason for cage-free rearing is because of animal welfare. I think that a good environment for chickens should be good for the people who work there. At Kokoron poultry Farm, it is the role of the handicapped persons to feed and collect eggs, and it can be said that this is a company that makes…

As its name suggests, Sustainable kitchen rosy that respects sustainable choices is cage-free

In response to an inquiry from Animal Rights Center Japan, Sustainable Kitchen Rosy, an organic restaurant in Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, responded that all the eggs they use are already cage-free, and that they would support the cage-free declaration. This restaurant uses cage-free eggs in support of farmers and in hopes that everyone who visits the shop will be healthy. Sustainable Kitchen Rosy’s website says, Grow with the future Our mission is to grow the future together. Using cage-free natural eggs and using vegetables from contract farmers who don’t use pesticides or chemical fertilizers. We don’t use plastic containers or straws that affect the environment and the ecosystems of animals. And…

A Revision of the Act on Welfare and Management of Animals – livestock animals

How we leverage for the movement for livestock animals A revision of the Act on Welfare and Management of Animals came into effect on June 1st 2020. In cooperation with other groups, we had made several suggestions to make this revision more practical. So we’ll walk readers through what has been revised as well as the new obligations for some sectors to this act. However, we will skip the sections in regards to protection of cats and dogs in this article since animal  rights groups often cover this issue. We’ll focus on livestock animals.   So here is the Act: https://www.env.go.jp/nature/dobutsu/aigo/1_law/files/aigo_kanri_1973_105_en.pdf You can also refer to this article that explained the…

Halal slaughter in Japan:stunning possible in any export countries

Stunning may not be allowed in religious slaughter, such as with Islamic halal.  Animal Rights Center Japan has been addressing this issue in some cases where religious slaughter is performed in Japan without stunning.  Currently (May 2020), 6 companies are performing halal slaughter of cattle for export.  Halal beef export destinations are Malaysia, Indonesia, UAE, Bahrain and Qatar (one company has meat export certification for several countries).  Of these, stunning was already used for halal slaughter for Malaysia and Indonesia even before ARCJ started getting involved.  Of the remaining 5 companies exporting beef to UAE, Bahrain, and Qatar, 4 companies are currently using stunning. (However, some companies do not perform…