Percentage of Cage-Free Chickens in Japan Is 1.11% While Other 98.89% Are Cage Raised: 2023 Survey Results

There is no official data on the percentage of chickens raised cage free in Japan. This means that, while the overall number of the chickens kept is known, the government does not have accurate information on the raising methods used. In contrast, many European countries, the United States, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand keep such statistics. Just this past week, on October 11, 2023, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released data showing that as of June 2023, 38% of chickens in the country were not confined to cages. So what about Japan? The government uses the statistics released by the International Egg Commission that are based on the…

Overcrowded sardine exhibit, response from Kujukuri

A response has been received from the town of Kujukuri regarding the 3,000 sardines being kept in overcrowded conditions at the entrance to the Sea Station Kujukuri Sardine Museum operated by the town of Kujukuri, Chiba Prefecture. As for the request to discontinue the sardine exhibit, the response is as follows: “The sardine tank was installed as one of the purposes of attracting visitors to our facility, and we think it is well received.In addition, as of April 1, 2023, with the approval of the Town Council, we have already contracted with a private company to maintain the water tank for one year until March 31, 2024, and we believe…

ARC Action Group Activity Report – April

ARC HQ (Tokyo) LUSH Shinjuku x Animal Rights Center JapanFor three days from April 1st to 3rd, we rented a charity space at the LUSH Shinjuku store to hold a charity event “Why is this hen so worn out?” – problem of chicken eggs in Japan -“. At the event, outreach activities were carried out, such as showing videos and slides of the actual cage rearing of egg-laying hens, and distributing flyers to eliminate factory farming of livestocks. LUSH has had a policy against animal testing since its inception, and in 2019 removed cage-free eggs from all of its products, making the choice to further reduce the suffering of animals.…

Starvation is an Ultimate Form of Animal Abuse

Say NO to Practice of Starving Animal to Death in Industry A broiler chicken company in Wakayama prefecture reportedly starved 140,000 chickens to death in 2020. The company belonged to the Arita Poultry Agricultural Cooperative. According to Wakayama prefecture, a chicken slaughterhouse owned by the same owner of this broiler chicken company went bankrupt first, which resulted in the inability to relocate the chickens , then starvation. They claimed they could not afford putting these chickens down, either. The prefecture didn’t step in to help euthanize the birds, either. And yet, the prefecture promptly executed an aid to clean up the corpses that cost approximately 100 million JPY, and handed…

Farm Animals in Japan

Mother Sows in Captivity:sow stall in Japan A rearing method which has been illegalized in many countries is still used at more than 88% of pig farms in Japan. These are photos taken between 2015 and 2017 at Japanese hog raising farms. Sows are shut in a small cage called a sow stall (gestation create). Sows spend almost all of their entire life in a cage in which they cannot walk or turn. Sows engage in abnormal behaviors such as biting their cages, continuously doing chewing motions without food in their mouths, and drinking water without stopping. The EU banned sow stalls in 2013, and ten states in America have banned them.…

General Questions about Animal Welfare in the Miyagi Prefecture Assembly

In the Miyagi prefectural assembly held on September 12th 2017, Mr. Tsuneharu Sakai from Miyagi Kenmin no Koe, a member of the assembly, raised 3 general questions about animal welfare. Mr. Sakai has also asked to the governor before about developing a system to find families for dogs and cats to adopt. This time, he asked about transitioning the current systems that use battery cages for egg-laying hens and gestation crates for pigs to systems that take animal welfare into account more. He also requested the prefecture tackle on animal welfare issues more, especially in terms of the current situation for the drinking facility in slaughterhouses and more humane transportation systems…

Study Group held on Animal Welfare issues within the Democratic Party

On June 14th in 2017, Katsuya Ogawa, the first Animal Welfare Study Group was held, which was called by a member of the House of Councilors and Takashi Shinohara, a member of the House of Representatives. In the beginning, Mr. Ogawa pointed out that he had raised the issue of how behind Japan was in terms of animal welfare in the diet, how the discussion with the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan had not progressed, and he felt a sense of crisis that we must do something now to move forward to meet standards similar to foreign countries’, towards the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics held in 2020.…