Yokohama, Nogeyama Zoo.

Yokohama, Nogeyama Zoo.

Cruel recycling, the animals that we met become food.

This is a place for children to learn importance of life.
Animals are sacrificed for this.
What is the actual situation of Yokohama Nogeyam Zoo?Yokohama Municipal Nogeyama Zoo is about 15 minutes walk from JR Sakuragicho station.
It is a small zoo but there were 990,000 visitors in 2012.
In this zoo, there is an open space called “Nakayoshi Hiroba” where visitor can touch the animals.
It's there for the children to learn how to interact with animals, and about the importance of life.
However, no one explains to the children how these animals are treated in the end.

“Park Recycle”

The truth, explained a staff member, is that they are waiting for the animal.
"Recycle" means that these animals will be the food for other carnivorous animals.
The chief of zoo section in Yokohama city, Eiji Onda, said that we use the weakened animals, and the ones that have incurable illnesses and injury, for food.
Guinea pigs, mice, and chicks are used.
Annually about 100 guinea pigs, and several hundreds of mice, are given to birds of prey like condor, and snakes such as Japanese rat snail.
About 2500 chicks, from 3 weeks years old on up, are given to medium sized mammals like tanuki ("racoon dog"), or marten.
The chief Onda said that the chicks are basically purchased for food. They are delivered young and small, and are used for petting until they glow larger.
For snakes, they will be given as live food.
Others are killed, by breaking their necks or heads. Are there problems with this?
Breeding display chief, Matsumoto said "They die in an instant, and don’t feel any pain. We don’t announce it, but if the adults ask us about it, we explain it to them. We hope it can be dietary education. We will continue this.
It is obvious that this is abnormal use of a zoo.
The spokesman of Tokyo Zoological Park Society, which operates 4 metropolitan zoos and aquariums, couldn’t hide his surprise.
“I have never heard such a case.”
※From AERA February 24, 2014

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Tottori prefecture is planning to reduce the killing of dogs and the cats by half, in favor of treatment and finding the new owners.

Tottori prefecture is planning to reduce the killing of dogs and the cats by half, in favor of treatment and finding the new owners.
(Mainichi newspaper, February 23)

The "future of people and animal center Amitie" opened last September in Tottori prefecture, Kurayoshi-city.
The aim of this center is to reduce the killing of dogs and cats.
Their protection activity will start from April.
The dogs and the cats which the prefecture accepted are moved to Amitie.
These dogs and cats are treated, and new owners found.
Tottori prefecture added up the draft budget for fiscal 2014 as 22 million six hundred thousand yen, and will contribute half of operating costs of Amitie.
Amitie is operated by Public Interest Incorporated Foundation “Animal Clinical Research Foundation”. (Kurayoshi-city, the chairman of the board of directors Yoshihisa Yamane)If the accepted dog or cat is healthy, they put in a microchip and give it to a person who wants it.
The institution can accept a maximum of 40 dogs and 30 cats.
Last December, they accepted 3 dogs from the prefecture.
Tottori prefecture accepted 1559 dogs and cats last year from the owners.
The owners' reasons for handing over the animals was house-moving, illness, and aging.
There was also some owner ignorance.
Tottori prefecture is now reconsidering the Animal Welfare and Management Promotion Plan.
Last year, they killed 1360 dogs and cats but they plan to reduce that number in 2023 to below 60 dogs and 500 cats.
To achieve that goal, Tottori prefecture looks to Amitie, which has medical systems to protect dogs and cats, and can find new owners. 

Amitie operates with donations from members and supporters.The head manager of Amitie, Kazuaki Takashima, said "Our objective is to save as many dogs and cats as possinle."
(Masayuki Takashima)

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3,900 million yen, Yokohama-city Animal Welfare center.

February 22, 2014
3,900 million yen, Yokohama-city Animal Welfare center.

Snowfall on February 14.
What is this beautiful building?


This is not a school.


This is Yokohama-city, Animal Welfare center.


Yes, this became well known, as it is built for 3900 million yen.


There is a large garden which the window overlooks. (I was refused entry in but I came in anyway)


How beautiful it is.


Well, you may wonder what I was doing there.
I didn’t go there to enjoy the landscape.
I went to join with the annual lecture for animal handling business.
I live in Kawasaki-city, but I was too busy to go to the lecture in Kawasaki last year.
So I decided to participate with the lecture in Yokohama-city.
It snowed from the morning but the guidance said that if the transportation works, they'll carry on with it.
So if the transportation works, and some people attend, hesitating to go due to snow would just be like an excuse. This is why I went there.
Some other people also came.
But when I arrive there, 2 staff came out and said it is cancelled today because of snow.
I said “Your information said you will do it if the transportation is not stopped.

”Staff: “I am sorry.
”ME: “Sorry isn’t good enough.
How can you ask us come again.
You're not showing much concern for people.
All of us took a day off to go there in the snow.

How they can let us go back?
I could see how they work in Yokohama-city Animal Welfare center.
I said that we came here following your guidance, and you should honor your promise.
I asked, "Is the lecturer here?"
They said the lecturer didn’t come.
The person who teaches something should be there for the people who came to listen to his/her lecture.

Either do it or not.
What is the service being administered here?
The building is amazing.
The staff seem to think themselves to be so important.
Probably they don’t realize, don’t mean it that way, but....This would be impossible in private enterprise.
I came inside alone, though, and I told them what I think.The lecture is cancelled.
Then I thought it would be nice to let the dogs go out in the large, snow-covered garden.
The dogs will be really happy.
But such my expectation, and the dogs expectation, won’t come true.

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Public comment for Specified Wildlife Conservation and Management Plan (Asian Black Bear) the second stage (draft) in Gifu prefecture.

February 13, 2014
Public comment for Specified Wildlife Conservation and Management Plan (Asian Black Bear) the second stage (draft) in Gifu prefecture.

We Inuneko Kyusainowa sent the following opinion to Gifu prefecture.

We recommend a thorough program of controlling black bears by releasing them into the wild after training them to avoid humans, rather than the plan that calls for killing them.
In the current version, you insist on killing to avoid damage to humans, but we recommend implementing a thorough program of problem alleviation by re-training and release, and not taking the lives of Asian Black Bears.
This is important for avoiding injury to humans.
It is not possible to prevent problems only by killing.
Killing can lead to the extermination of the bears in this area.
Please use whatever other means possible, relevant to animal welfare, before killing them.
Hyogo prefecture designed and employed the Specified Wildlife Conservation and Management Plan.

It encourages the residents to not leave fruits and rubbish carelessly around the house, and to wrap galvanized iron around fruit trees, or erect electric fences around the fields.
They also use fireworks or fire crackers to scare away bears that come repeatedly.
I believe you are making concerted efforts, but please do more to prevent, research, educate.
In Hyogo prefecture, for bears that come repeatedly, they set traps, capture them, teach them in various way to fear human, and then release them.
Hyogo, Kyoto, Nagayo, Tottori and Shiga prefecture are all using this "teach-and-release" program.
There are some places using the same methods if, for example, they capture a bear with a wild boar trap.Gifu prefecture is cautious, and not inclined towards teach-and-release.
But I wish they would do it positively, with improved methods.

Teach-and-release is one of the best protection and management methods for maintenance of the Asian Black Bear.
It has the additional merit of enabling evaluation of the effects of various measures. It's possible to further empower that aspect by attaching a transmitter to the released bear.
Please give priority to thorough prevention, and make efforts towards employing teach-and-release rather than easy assist.

February 13, 2014
Yui Akiko
Inuneko Kyusainowa


Article to be worried about the life of guide dog.
The training of guide dogs and hearing assistance dogs is not animal welfare.
We often see the donation box for guide dogs.
Maybe some people think it is animal welfare and donate some money.
Please think about the life of the guide dog.


Please accept the retired guide dog.
NPO Eyemate Club Ishikawa appealed.

Do you want to be the owner of a retired guide dog?
NPO Eyemate Club Ishikawa has a volunteer registration system for retired guide dogs.
It's unique system in this country.
They are having difficulty in finding applicants at this point.
“We want a relaxed retired life for dogs that served so hard. Please lend us a cooperative hand.” – they said.

NPO Eyemate Club Ishikawa was founded in 1979 and became a non profit cooperation in 2005.
22 members live with guide dogs trained in the Public Interest Incorporated Foundation Eyemate Association in Tokyo.

In general, guide dogs can work until around 10 years of age.
Eyemate club made the volunteer registration system for retired dogs in 2000.
Now so far, 26 dogs have found new owners and are enjoying retired life.5-6 people are currently registered, but none can take the dogs now, because of either work or care of their elderly parents.

2 more dogs are expected to be retired by the end of this year.
The vice chief director, Kenji Miyamura, (72), is quite concerned, and hopes for success in urgent efforts to find host families.

Mr.Miyamura himself is also living with a guide dog.
He said "I want to ask people to take care of the dogs indoors, as they're used to. But there are no special regulations. I want people who will take care of retired dogs with great affection.

Please contact Mr.Miyamura
TEL 076-269-8944
(Yuri Sakai)

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Sochi Olympic Park’s condemned stray dogs ‘saved by Russian billionaire’

Sochi Olympic Park’s condemned stray dogs ‘saved by Russian billionaire’
(The Independent 10 February 2014)

Meet the Billionaire Saving Sochi's Strays
(People 28 February 2014)

Russian tycoon Oleg Deripaska defends Sochi costs, saves stray dogs
(The World Daily blog 10 February 2014)

Stray dogs of Sochi saved by US athletes and Russian billionaire
(All Voices 19 February 2014)

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About Us

Message from Akiko Yui, President and Founder of TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital
I believe that helping animals in need, existing in symbiosis with animals, and fostering a loving heart lead to an improvement in one’s character of kindness and generosity. The killing of animals due to decisions made by administration goes against my firm belief in preventing cruelty to animals. Animal Rescue Fund’s most important goal is to reduce the number of animals killed in Japan to zero by urging administration to change, reform, and improve the prevention of cruelty to animals. In order to reduce the number of animals in need, we work to raise awareness and support for the importance of sterilization operations. Each year, we spay and neuter more than 1000 stray cats. We are always putting animals up for adoption to help those lives already born in finding a loving home.

TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital:
We first opened our TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital in February of 2011 in an effort to make our dream a reality - to lower the number of dogs and cats killed in Japan to zero. At our hospital, we spay and neuter cats to reduce the number of unfortunate stray cats. Our hospital strives to help unfortunate animals in need of medical care.
The lives of numerous pets and livestock were lost as a result of the unprecedented earthquake and tsunami that occurred in Japan on March 11th 2011 and the radiation disaster caused by the stricken Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Animal Rescue Fund goes directly to the 20km evacuation zone around the stricken Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant to rescue animals.
Animal Rescue Fund is based in Kanagawa Prefecture’s TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital. Therefore, the animals that we rescue from Fukushima Prefecture are brought to TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital located in Kanagawa Prefecture. Here, the rescued animals receive medical care and are returned to their owners or are put up for adoption.
We also work in urging the government and administration of Japan to support the protection of animals in need.





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