Is sterilization animal welfare or not?
We at Inuneko Kyusainowa always say “please do sterilization”.
This is why I made the name of our hospital TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital, and continually promote sterilization.
Most people think that sterilization is good thing for animal welfare.
“What? Is it wrong?!
“Well, actually not.”
It is putting the surgical knife into a healthy body.
Sometimes the veterinarian finds the pregnancy during the operation.
Then they have to take it out.
This is diametrically opposite with my heart’s wishes.
When I think about what animal welfare is, I try to think in terms of replacing the animals with a human being, or even myself.
If we can’t do this to humans, we can’t do it to animals.
Animals don’t have words like us, they're more vulnerable than us.
I think they should be protected even more than humans.
However I still have to say “Sterilization is important.
Please do sterilization. ”
This is my choice, of lesser distress to cut the chain of greater misery.
Sterilization is better than killing.
But this activity takes a long time.
The goal is zero killing at the welfare center.
This is the only choice we can carry out now, until we find better solution.
The follow article is from a Kanagawa newspaper.
Mrs. Akiko Katori said that there are prejudices about putting a surgical knife into the healthy body, resistance to cutting the chain of life.
But we have to face up to the reality that such a large number of cats who don't undergo these procedures are killed.
<Summary from Kanagawa News Paper on October 27, 2013>
Cats give birth a few times in a year.
To decrease the culling, sterilization and castration is necessary.
The Ministry of Environment announced that culling of dogs and cats decreased by nearly one-third between 2001 and 2011. This is because sterilization and castration increased, as did also the adoption of such dogs and cats. However, the culling of cats is still too frequent. 60% of that is kittens. Problems such as cat’s excreta, and noise, are increasing. But also the local cat’s care activity is increasing. The volunteers in various locations clean up, and do the sterilizations and castrations in attempts to limit increase. Some local government bodies also support the cost for this operation. Shibuya Animal Net (http://www.shibuya-animal-net.com/) has been doing local cat care activity at the request of the Shibuya Welfare Center since 9 years ago. This activity is to capture homeless cats, do the sterilization and castration, and then return them to where they were. In 2011, only 6 kittens were brought to the welfare center. This is sharply decreased compared with 101 in 2013. Representative of Shibuya Animal Net said that focusing on TNR (Trap, Neuter and Return) brings very good results. It would be great to see an increase in the number of veterinarians willing to perform the operation for a low price.
The Japan Pet Care Association, Hiroshima branch, enthusiastically promotes TNR. They said that many owners give their cats free run of their house, but nevertheless don’t do sterilization and castration. There are not many people willing to pay the fee for the operation. Mrs.Akiko Katori, a journalist familiar with pet issues, said that there are prejudices about putting a surgical knife into a healthy body, resistance to cutting the chain of life. But we have to face up to the reality that such a large number of cats who don't undergo these procedures are killed.
The Ministry of Environment said that sterilization and castration will lessen stress caused by estrus. Birth stress will be less for female cats. For males, the marking, mating calls, and urge to roam outdoors decreases, as does STDs. The Ministry of Environment recommend keeping cats inside the home.
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Finally took an old dog from Kawasaki Animal Welfare Center. This is your goal.You are now my family.
Finally took an old dog from Kawasaki Animal Welfare Center.
This is your goal.You are now my family.
Black, medium-size mix dog, 18Kg
17 years old (at 2013)
Abandoned by the owner.
I was always thinking about taking this old dog out from the center, but we have so many cats, and are busy with "adoption/fund- raising" events.
I am sorry to make you wait.
I arrived 5PM at Kawasaki Animal Welfare Center. It’s getting dark, but the staff gave me advice on how to help him walk, and about his personality.
His legs are very weak and head is down. This is how old dogs walk.
We use the flat cloth leash from the waist to support the lower body.
The old dog wants to walk, but it has become difficult even to stand. He will be 17 years old soon. If he leans his body against something, he can stand by himself for a while.
His happy face makes us happy too.
Arrived at TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital. I decided his name would be “Goal”. The owner who brought him to the center said that he is a mix with golden. He is now a member of Inuneko Kyusainowa family. This is his goal.
This is the room for Goal.
Then I quickly went to a DIY store to make his room nicer. Best to make a food table to aid him in eating. Somehow I have to devise facilities for his comfort.
Thanks to Foster Parents.