Winter in Fukushima…no swan…

February 7, 2015
Winter in Fukushima…no swan…

Winter in Fukushima.
A volunteer in Iidate-mura said that there’s not much snow at Hama-dori, which normally gets heavy snow a few times a year.

Cooperative rescue activity from February 3 was quite a struggle.
Before going into the 20km area of Okuma and Futaba, we went to Naraha and Tomioka, where we do TNR with CAPIN. (http://www.capinew.jp/)


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This resident requested that we find a dog and a cat.
We found a dog but not yet an old cat.
They still believe the cat will come home, and leave the door open.
Normally I park the car in front of the house, but I was worried about the car getting stuck in the snow.
So I carried food and water by hand. It takes more time.

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This is a small feeding box which I asked a carpenter to make with scrap wood.
8kg of dry food can be stored.

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Carry this, try not to fall to the ground.

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Then the next house.
It is scary walking the downhill slope.
Do not slip…

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This is a house to which another volunteer usually goes.
But this time I go.
Decontamination is proceeding full scale in Tomioka.
There is a big animal trap.
I think this is for wild boar.

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Tusnami area in Naraha.
There were many swans in this place until last year.

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They will certainly came again.

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But they can’t have a rest in this storage area full of the decontamination material.

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I am so sorry, swans.
I hope you find a nice place to rest.

Are there any owners?

February 4, 2015
Are there any owners?
Rescued in January 2015 by the cooperative rescue activity in Fukushima.

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2015.1.17 at Tomioka by Koenji Nyandarazu.
Red tabby, female.
FIV-negative, FeLV-negative
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2015.1.31 at planned nationalization area in Futaba.
Red tabby with white, male
FIV-negative, FeLV-negative
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2015.1.31 at planned nationalization area in Okuma.
Brown tabby, male
FIV-negative, FeLV-negative
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2015.2.1 at Naraha
Brown tabby, female
FIV-negative, FeLV-negative
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2015.2.1 at Naraha
Brown tabby with white, male
FIV-positive, FeLV-negative
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The case of the cat drowned in the river, June 2014.

February 3, 2015
The case of the cat drowned in the river, June 2014.

To report is delayed.

Last June in Nagano, a man sank cat in the river to kill it.
He was fined 300,000.


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01.23 Shinano Mainichi News Paper

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Support life in Fukushima.

From Nekokatsu’s blog.
http://ameblo.jp/cafe-nekokatsu/entry-11984377600.html

The first activity of 2015 is

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Load the food donated to Inuneko Kyusainowa.

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Finish the feeding and protection activity.

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Came back with a cat that survived in Okuma.

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Wild ducks enjoy life without humans in the clean and peaceful river.

How they could know this river is contaminated by radioactivity?

The second activity in Fukushima of 2015 is

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We went in the rain to the 20km area with food donated to Inuneko Kyusainowa.

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Soon rain changed to snow.

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A town without people quickly changes to a snowscape.

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Car can’t go on anymore.

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Get out of the car.

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Feeding activity finished on foot.

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When we went home, the highway was closed.

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This is MonMon,
Thank you for your support.
I use this to pay transportation fees for the trip to Fukushima.

The snow was so deep I couldn’t reach some places.

☆3 days cooperative rescue activity from January 30. ☆Ibaraki prefecture, collapse by over breeding of the dog.

January 31, 2015
☆3 days cooperative rescue activity from January 30.
☆Ibaraki prefecture, collapse by over breeding of the dog.


January 30, Fri. Matatabi&Nekokatsu
January 31, Sat Inuneko Kyusainowa
February 1, Sun Sakura Mama & Inuneko Kyusainowa

The first day by Matatabi & Nekokatsu was so hard, there was so much snow.
We contacted each other again and again.
We have to set the capture cages without any accidents.
I will leave Kawasaki early on the morning of January 31, with other volunteers, in 2 cars.
In case of emergency such as accidents, we maintain contact with other volunteers.


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☆Ibaraki prefecture, collapse by over breeding of the dog.

Inuneko Kyusainowa decided to rescue over bred dogs in Ibaraki,

We, Inuneko Kyusainowa, are based in Kawasaki, and due to concern about barking and space, we can’t keep many dogs.
For this reason, our activity is mainly with cats, and not many dogs.

We decided to do it this time because this dog holder hasn’t received an eviction notice yet.
This means we have a time.
This dog holder is a half-breeder, and could possibly continue breeding.
We are asking to do the sterilization, and negotiating ownership rights so that we can find foster families.
This person understands the need for sterilization, but is in a difficult financial situation.
When this person asked the animal hospital to do the sterilization at a low low price, the hospital said this is crazy.
Sterilization and vaccines would cost about 1,500,000 yen.
With such a bad situation who could possibly help?.

Irresponsible dog lovers and cat lovers always make unhappy lives for the animals.
Rash behavior, such as just giving food to stray dogs and cats, causes the reckless breeding.
Dogs are captured and killed.
Cats increase in numbers, more and more.
If you ask me, I would say animals are sacrificed for the sweet feeling of self-satisfaction..

Then puppies born to neglecting owners, who fail to find homes for them, are adopted by the Animal Welfare center. It takes in puppies, adult dogs, and older dogs.
And humane associations search, one by one, for foster families.
This is endless, and scars my heart with anger.

This time, we’ll do sterilization for all the dogs.
The owner doesn’t have money, and we have to bear 100% of the expense.
It makes my head hurt.
It pains my heart.

I know this type of person, who repeats the practice again and again.
But we can’t take care of all the stray dogs and cats in Ibaraki prefecture.
I worry about receiving phone calls and e-mails now.
To negotiate with this type of person who doesn’t understand common sense is so hard.
I hurry now to avoid the tragic births of more such victims.
The breed of dog is poodle/terrier mix .

After the negotiation is settled, we will hurry the sterilization, and find foster families.

a dog breeder’s false statement, Gunma Prefectual Police.

January 29, 2015
<abandoned dogs> a dog breeder’s false statement, Gunma Prefectual Police.
(Mainichi News Paper, January 27)

http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20150127-00000100-mai-soci

A dog breeder had Takasaki city, Gunma prefecture, protect his dogs as abandoned dogs.
Gunma Prefectural Police arrested Tomoyuki Sekizaki (50) on the charge of business obstruction through fraud.
The suspect, Sekizaki, is a dog breeder in Takasaki city.
Gunma Prefecture Police said that he was having trouble treating old dogs which he can’t use for breeding.

Sekizaki lied to Takasaki Animal Welfare center, saying that someone left 3 dogs in March, and 8 dogs in August, in his breeding place.
He let the center protect his own 6 dogs, and thereby interfered with the city’s program.
He said that he understands the arrest, but denies the charge.

Gunma Prefectural Police, Consumer and Environment Protection Division, said they protected four Shih Tzu, one American Cocker Spaniel, and one Pug.
On September 26, he also dumped three Chihuahuas on the agency.

Gunma Prefectural Police were investigating the charge as a violation of the Act on Welfare and Management of Animals, (abandonment), and a person who claimed to have been provided a dog by Sekizaki appeared.
After the DNA test, it was ascertained that one dog came from Sekizaki.
The Act on Welfare and Management of Animals has changed as of September of 2013, and the self-governed body is able to deny requests to accept dogs and cats from the supplier. (Syuji Ozaki)

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Live together with pets.
Let’s stop treating pets like objects.

Mainichi news paper, January 16, 2015
http://mainichi.jp/opinion/news/20150116k0000m070186000c.html

128,135.
This is the number of dogs and cats that were taken by the self-governing body and killed.
The Ministry of Environment added up the figures last December and announced results.
It was bout 30,000 less than the year before, but we have to accept the reality that so many pet’s lives are taken.

Pets give joy to our lives.
Dogs and cats have various emotions.
However, the number killed tells us that we treated them as objects.

The pet industry market is worth over one trillion yen.
The number of dogs and cats produced through breeding is over 20 million, more than the population of children under 15 years old.
One of the reasons is the decreasing birthrate in relation to the ageing population.
Increasingly people think of pets as partners.
However, abandonment doesn’t die out.
Last year, for example, popular small dogs like Chihuahuas were abandoned in one case after another.
This happens because they treat dogs like objects.

To improve the welfare of pets, the Act on Welfare and Management of Animals has changed as of September of 2013.
It advocates the social realization that a person and the animal live together, and gives the responsibility of lifetime breeding to the owner, which must take care of the pet throughout it’s life.

The self-governed body has a duty to accept dogs and cats at the request of the owner.
However, it stated clearly that the self-government body can refuse to accept the request from suppliers.
It imposed on suppliers the duty to submit to the self-governed body a breeding plan which considers the health and safety of dogs and cats.
These measures are certain to lead to a decrease in the killing of dogs and cats.

However, refusal to accept doesn’t solve the problem, and the abandonment of dogs is likely to happen again.
Many self-governed bodies cooperated with the humane association, and found foster families even before the enforcement of the revised law.
It is necessary that public and private sectors cooperate, and promote the acceptance of pets.

The responsibility of the owner is heavy.
Do not buy pets impulsively, just because they’re so cute.
It is impotent to think about whether we can take care of a pet until the end of it’s life.
Also it is necessary to take care of sterilization to avoid unexpected breeding.

Pet suppliers, such as breeders, distributors and temporary storage facilities, number approximately 40,000 in the whole country.
There are some traders which make inferior conditions for pets to reduce their costs.
But there are limits on the administration’s ability to monitor and provide guidance.
Even if a humane association reports the malicious suppliers to the administration, there are many case which can’t be improved.

Consumers have to make sure of whether or not breeding facilities and exhibitions are adequate, whether they are clean or not, and whether the explanation at the time of sale is appropriate or not.
This could reduce the number of malicious suppliers.

We must not make any creature unhappy with our selfish behavior.

Rescued cats. Are there any potential owners?

January 26, 2015
Rescued cats.
Are there any potential owners?

We, Inuneko Kyusainowa, keep 3 cats, seen below, from the cooperative rescue activity in Fukushima in January.

●No.1604
Okuma, Grey Russian blue, female
Estimated 5 years old.
FIV - negative, FeLV - negative
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Planned nationalization area in Okuma, Red tabby, male
Young cat
FIV - negative, FeLV - negative
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Planned nationalization area in Okuma
Long hair black and white, male,
Estimated 1 year old.
FIV - negative, FeLV - negative
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Odawara over breeding cat report.

January 25, 2015
Odawara over breeding cat report.

The furniture smelled strongly, but changed little by little with the addition of a clean table and second-hand chest.


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However, it was still only half done.

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We still want to change so many things.

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This is a new cat tower.
Cats grind their nails so hard, and we must already repair it.
This is one aspect of over breeding.

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But cats like to be in a clean room, and it is worthwhile.

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I am glad you like it.
Will it be comfortable?

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Thank you so much for your support, sending so many blankets and rugs.
They are easily frightened, skittish.
How about covering the table with a blanket, like a Kotatsu.

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Opening the blanket, it is like this.
So many cats are in there, and it looks very warm.

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Kyoto City is ignoring public opinion.

February 17, 2014
Kyoto City is ignoring public opinion.

Kyoto city is ignoring public opinion about the regulations regarding the prevention of nuisance caused by animals in Kyoto City.
They are going to nullify valuable opinion!
We, Inuneko Kyusainowa, strongly protest this.

From the blog of Nekoto tomodachi chiikineko,
http://tiikineko.exblog.jp/

Kyoto City’s unusual objections to citizens’ public opinions.

On the Kyoto City official website, they announced their thoughts on the “Regulations of prevention of nuisance by animals” (provisional name) as below.
http://www.city.kyoto.lg.jp/hokenfukushi/page/0000177678.html 

About the ideas of Kyoto city concerning the regulations for the prevention of nuisance by animals.

We received 3,005 opinions from all over Japan.
Most of them were about the regulations for feeding stray cats.
However some groups have found erroneous information on the internet as this regulation concerns those people who feed cats, something which is forbidden in Kyoto City (and subject to fines).
Many opinions are opposed to this regulation because of this.
We hope to give you the opportunity to think correctly on this subject.



Last December, Kyoto City requested opinions from the public.
We submitted our opinions. Then Kyoto City did a U-turn because there were many dissenting opinions.It is an unusual situation to move against public opinion.

This is our second opinion letter on the regulation of the prevention of nuisance by animals in Kyoto city.
2015.2.13

You refer to the Animal Protection Charter in Kyoto City.
However “do not feed animals which cause any trouble”or “It is written as an example to cooperate with neighbors for city cat project that humans and cats live together” in the charter shows that Kyoto City is not involved with animal welfare.
It is citizen volunteers who are involved with animal welfare.

Stray cats are protected animals. Kyoto City council has to take responsibility for the care of stray cats in the city.
This responsibility means that the council will protect cats by performing sterilization and continuing feeding after release.
Is Kyoto City doing it?

If Kyoto City were doing this activity, then I would understand the need to “prohibit irresponsible feeding”and “do not feed animals which cause any trouble” clauses.
If the council managed to get these results via the cooperation of residents for stray cats, such regulations would not be necessary.
Kyoto City is going to regulate citizen actions, and this is irresponsible.
Kyoto City should make efforts to promote a society in which humans and cats can co-exist.

If stray cats can’t get any food, they can no longer be saved, and this is cruelty.
They will die.

We oppose the regulations preventing nuisance by animals in Kyoto City.
Humane organizations from overseas will visit Kyoto.
International tourist city Kyoto is against stray cats.
We wonder if Kyoto City can handle this.

Throughout Japan, no cities, towns or villages take responsibility for stray cats like Kyoto City.
If Kyoto City makes “regulations to prohibit feeding”, this is cruelty and the irresponsibility of the council will increase.

The Act on Welfare and Management of Animals regarding living together with animals and lifetime breeding will disappear.
I would like to remark also that the source of stray cats is pet shops.

Mitsuru Kawai
Nekoto tomodachi chiikineko

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A formal proposal for the regulation will be made on February 13 and considered after February 20.
We have no time.
Please send your opinions to the Mayor of Kyoto and city councilors in Kyoto.

A model sentence:
I strongly protest the announcement of February 12 to ignore public opinion resulting from the gathering of citizens’ opinions.

Opinion to city councilors
http://www.city.kyoto.jp/shikai/meibo/index.html

Opinion to the Mayor of Kyoto
http://www.city.kyoto.lg.jp/sogo/page/0000017307.html

The last day of cooperative rescue activity in Fukushima.

January 21, 2015
The last day of cooperative rescue activity in Fukushima.

Today, we collected all cages and enough feeding and water supply.
I am alone today.
Brace myself more than usual and start.

Check the capture cages in Naraha and Tomioka,
Then go to 20km area of Okuma and Futaba.
To make a high capture rate, feeding is the last activity.
I am so sorry to make you wait.

Fill up the empty food box.

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Collect the capture cage, feeding and water supply, go ahead steadily.

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Then finally the last point.

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What? What is it?

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Is it cat???

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“What are you looking at?”

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The last rescue was a Russian Blue female cat at the difficult to return area in Okuma.

Leave the town with a life which survived for 3 years and 10 months.

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For these cats, finally evacuation after 3 years and 10 months.

Naraha, Tomioka.

January 20, 2015
Naraha, Tomioka.

Take over so many capture cages which CAPIN and Nekono Maria set from January 16.

This was a factory of Natton before the nuclear accident.
There’s a cat in it.


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It looks like an approximately 1 year old red tabby,
After discussing with CAPIN I decided to return it to this pace after the sterilization at TNR Japan Animal Welfare hospital.
Koenji Nyandarazu will send it back when they go to Fukushima next week.

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Set 3 capture cages in this place.
Two of them had civets, one in each.
It looks like parent and child.
They live in the garret and damage the house.
Someday people will come back.
Then civets will be killed as non-native species.
This is so egoistic.
People brought in civets and common raccoons, and then kill them.
As humans are responsible, we should’t kill them. I want them to fulfil their lives, if only for one lifetime, with sterilization.

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Tomioka.
This place was also an independent business.
It looks so lonely.
This resident is so kind to the miserable animals, and accepted a kitten which was born in this place after the disaster.
We have to continue the sterilization so as not to repeat the misery.

TNR in this place is going well with volunteers’ cooperation.
This cat also will have sterilization at TNR Japan Animal Welfare hospital sometime this week, and return next week with Koenji Nyandarazu.

Furukoko made the feeding place.
A resident offered their room, and so many abandoned cats survived.
They can avoid the wild boar inside, but maybe civets can come into the room from the cat’s door. Food was scattered.

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Twilight in Naraha,
The sky is so beautiful.
Until last year, we could see swans in this tsunami area.
But now there are so many black plastic bags, which are packed with decontamination soil.
I set the capture cage at Kiyono Jinjya shrine, where you see the tree.
Most of the house was swept away by the tsunami.
The cats which came to Kiyono Jinjya shrine were in desperate condition.
Kiyoko, Kiyomi, Kiyoshi, Kiyoshiro…about 20 cats were protected.
A kitten found a foster family.
Kiyoshiro is now in the hospital.

For these small lives to live in such hard conditions, too few are helped by humans’ warm hand. and instead are pursued from place to place.
Life which is unable to wait for help runs out of energy.

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A brown tabby in an earthenware pipe.

Once I saw a cat in this tsunami area.
With most of the homes gone, there were no residents to contact.
We set the capture cages again and again.
Sometimes we thought it was all over, but no.
It still continues.

But this is so hard, to do this in an area where we can’t get permission.

To set the capture cage, we had to put up a notice which explained the reason.
No place to leave the food.
There were heaps of rubble after the tsunami. We left the food under the rubble.
But now there’s no rubble, and no place to leave the food.

In such a situation, I found one brown tabby last July that appears be under one year old.
I threw the baked bonito and the brown tabby jumped on it.
Huger won out over fear.

We can’t make a feeding point in this place.
This is a problem.
We have to rescue this cat urgently.

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Then, the next Fukushima activity, last August.
I set the capture cage and a brown tabby came in easily.
We were so happy, but she was lactating.
That’s why she was so hungry, and jumped on to the food.
I don’t know where she is taking care of her children.
We have to return this mother to her kittens.
We released this cat.


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After the kittens wean, we have to protect them at least over 5 months, until they become independent and find a far off feeding point.

I tried to find a place where we can leave the food.
It is over 100m away, but we found an earthenware pipe in the thicket.
This is not a perfect place, but we leave the food and spread the silver vine powder.
They know the area, and I believe they can find it.
Since then, I have left food in this earthenware whenever I come to Fukushima.

5 months passed since then.
If the kittens grew up, they are now over 6 months old.
I can’t find them, but for sure they can come to this feeding point.
I have to do the sterilization for the mother.
Otherwise she will be pregnant again.

I set the capture cage in the earthenware pipe.
Yes, she is in there.
Finally I can rescue this cat.
I have to make her happy.

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I hope her children grow up.
So I have to continue to come here.

Are there any volunteers who can help the feeding and TNR in Tomioka and Naraha?
Please contact us.
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Cooperative rescue activity in Fukushima, from January 16 to 19.

Report of January 18.
●Sakura Mama & Inuneko Kyusainowa Yui
Continue the activity of the 17th, set and check the capture cages at Tomioka and Okuma.
Change the food.
Rescue abandoned cats in planned nationalization area in Okuma and Futaba.
Feeding and water supply as usual, and set the capture cages at difficult return area in Okuma.
A brown tubby and white came into the capture cage in the planned nationalization area in Okuma.
Sakura Mama delivered this cat to Animal Aid.
Animal Aid (http://kanaboo.wix.com/aniei) will accept it.

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Report of January 17.
●2 cars of Inuneko Kyusainowa volunteers.
Continue the activity of the16th, set and check the capture cage in Tomioka and Okuma.
Change the food.
Feeding and water supply at 20 points in Naraha.
A black and white long hair came into the capture cage at the planned nationalization area in Okuma.
Inuneko Kyusainowa accept this cat and deliver it to TNR Japan Animal Welfare hospital.

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Report of January 16.
●Nekono Maria
Release in Naraha with CAPIN.
Set the capture cages in Tomioka and the planned nationalization area in Okuma and Futaba.
Feeding in Futaba.
A kitten calico came into the capture cage in Tomioka at route 6.
This cat is brought to TNR Japan Animal Welfare hospital.

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●Matatabi & Nekokatsu
Feeding at Tomioka.
Set the capture cage on an Okuma mountain-side.
Feeding at Okuma, Futaba and Naraha.
A black male cat came into the capture cage at the difficult return area in Okuma.
Brought this cat to Saitama.

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January 16, Fri : Nekono Maria, Matatabi&Nekokatu
January 17, Sat : Inuneko Kyusainowa volunteer, 2 cars.
January 18, Sun : Sakura Mama, Inuneko Kyusainowa
January 19, Mon : Koenji Nyandarazu, Inuneko Kyusainowa

Nyanda guard cooperate to accept many cats in their shelter.

☆Moving into the special elderly nursing home with pets. ☆Unique offer of a company which works among cats.

January 8, 2015

Moving into the special elderly nursing home with pets.
http://www.asahi.com/articles/ASGDV5RSQGDVULOB011.html?ref=yahoo
(Asahi digital January 7)

A special elderly nursing home “Sakura Village Yamashina” in Yokosuka, Kanagawa, accepts dogs and cats from the animal welfare center before they are killed.
This effort was started to save the animals, but it has also warmed the hearts of the residents.

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Sakura Village Yamashina, located in western Yokosuka city, among the mountains.
On the second floor, 40 people living with 6 dogs and 8 cats.
12 of these came from an animal welfare center, or were animals left after the owner died.

It was started when they opened in April, 2012.
The tenants can also bring their pets.
Michihiko Wakayama, (49), director of Sakura Village Yamashina, said that they give priority to the pets for which a foster parent is difficult to find due to advanced age and disease.

Sakura Village Yamashina pays for the food, and 15 volunteers help with going for walks.
A dog called “Mucchan” was rescued near Fukushima 1 nuclear power plant after the disaster. Mucchan had a heart disease, but has recovered thanks to nursing by staff. Mucchan lived in Sakura Village Yamashina until dying last May.

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☆Unique offer of a company which works among cats.
http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20150106-00000034-it_nlab-sci

A company pays a “cat allowance" of 5,000 yen a month to an employee bringing up an underprivileged cat.
This is an unique offer from a company which works with cats.

There are 9 cats in this company.

It may be a good vocation for a Web designer who likes cats?
Internet-related business company “Ferray” is doing website production for smartphones under the observation of 9 cats.
Their help-wanted advertisement is very unique.

There is a cat allowance.

Ferray, which has 9 cats now, is hiring smartphone Web designers.
Cats pull the LAN cable, input odd things with keyboard, hang up the phone, play in the client’s bag…etc. It sounds like cats affect duties in this IT company.
But Ferray strongly asserts that it’s still possible to get work done even surrounded by cats!
Minimum skill and experience are necessary, but whether or not one is a “cat lover” is also a consideration.
Ferray pay "a cat allowance" of 5,000 yen a month to an employee bringing up an underprivileged cat.
It is also possible to come to the office with a cat.

They have twitter account which describes the cats in Ferray.
If people want to work while being watched by cats (or watching cats?), this is a very interesting option.

The last day of cooperative rescue activity in Fukushima. Collect the capture cages and do the feeding.

December 30, 2014
The last day of cooperative rescue activity in Fukushima.
Collect the capture cages and do the feeding.

We set the capture cage in Tomioka from the evening of the 21st.
Then there was a kitten in it.

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Some worker there told me that they saw about 10 cats, from small to big.
I was flustered but Maria had extra capture cages.
I borrowed them and set them.

There are 2 houses which requested that we leave food since March 11, 2011.
I also set the capture cages, one at each of these houses,


Then set more on the opposite side of route 6.

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We have to go on TNR in Tomioka.
But I can’t do it this time.
This time, I focus on setting the capture cage, until the last minute.

The last day of activity.
I am alone, but I have to do everything, follow the plan.
But I was a bit nervous about unexpected things happening, like what if I puncture the tire?

This day, I collect the all cages, and leave enough food ‘till next time.
We can’t get permission to go into this place until the middle of January.
It means we can’t come again for 23 days.
So I made more feeding points to save cat’s lives.

Let’s start.

Planned nationalization area, Futaba.

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Planned nationalization area, Okuma.

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I did my best.
I pity the cats all the more because they have no food in the severe coldness.
But we will never fail these lives, and we’ll continue this activity in Fukushima in the next year.
Please support us everyone.

②The 4th day of cooperative rescue activity.

December 27, 2014
②The 4th day of cooperative rescue activity.

It is reassuring to do this with 4 people.
The first half of this day is for feeding in the difficult-to-return area,
And another half is to check the capture cages in the planned nationalization area.

What kind of place were you born in?
This tiny life, less than 100g, survived in such a place.
My heart is filled with sorrow.
If people move, this life could be rescued.
I don’t want to let them die.
This is too cruel.
This is the last rescue activity in this year.
We want to rescue as many as possible.


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Kumagawa in Okuma.
The dead weeds are everywhere in this wide area.
Houses, cars and rubble, brought by the tsunami, are still left.
There are not so many houses in this place, and it has a fine view.
It was so hard to do animal rescue, which was not permitted, and easily found by police.


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Koenji Nyandarazu continueed feeding activity in this place.
Nyandara 2 finished their activity for this year.
So we think carefully about the fate of abandoned cats.
The government will soon start to build the Interim storage facility.
It will be too late if we don’t rescue them now.

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2 red tabbies were rescued.
Both had already been sterilised.

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This time, Sakura Mama rescued one brown tabby.


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And this day, we protected a big red and white tabby.
I check with Maria about whether this cat is lactating or not.
“Red tabby, and big means male.”
Raise up the capture cage and look from the bottom.
“It looks like a neutered male.”
“Check the belly, but no sign of lactating. Let’s take him back.”


But this cat was actually found to be female after the check by a veterinarian in TNR Japan Animal Welfare hospital.
The sterilization was done.
Sterilization finished for 3 red tabbies.
Maybe they are sisters.
The sterilization technique looks similar, and they may have done it in the same hospital.
They weren’t friendly to us yet.
But we want information about whether they were house cats or outside cats.

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We rescued 9 cats during the cooperative rescue activity in conjunction with recent activity by Nyandara 2.
We check carefully so as not to misplace the capture cage.
Thanks to all volunteers.
Tomioka was the last today.

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There is one more day of activity.
The next day is only me.
I feel a bit helpless, but can’t complain.

①The 4th day of cooperative rescue activity.

December 26, 2014
①The 4th day of cooperative rescue activity.

Nekono Maria & Nakagawa.
Yui & Doi.

We will go into the planned nationalization area.
We take it over from Sakura Mama.
By yesterday 6 cats had been rescued.

On 4th day…

If no cats are in the capture cage, we change the food, put in some fresher stuff.
We set all capture cages.
We have to do too many things, and we decided to set one each at feeding points.
But everyone wants to protect as many as we can.
It was more than what we planned.
We have to check again and again with each other so as not to misplace any of it.

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This is a place where so many cats were protected, include Mirai.
Still now, we can’t find the owner’s cat.
The several feeding points in this town are very important places for cats to survive.
We leave so much food, and the silver vine powder.
Cats find this smell, and then reach the food.
Then we can protect them one by one.

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A cat in the cage.
It’s freezing out, and seems difficult for cat to walk around.
There are no people, and no food.
Cats in extreme hunger walk about, finding food, as far as they have strength.
During the warm seasons, they eat bugs or frogs, but in Winter time they can’t find any.
They are so happy when they find the food.


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One month before, I got a brown and white tabby, but she was in lactation.
I had to release her.
So I won’t forget about her, I always check her photo.
But this was not her.
It is still a child.
Maybe the child of that brown tabby??


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Anyway I am glad this kitten could grow up at all, given such a hard situation.
Most of the female cats are in lactation.
This means kittens were born.
The probability of them actually growing up is less than 10%.
But I hope they grow up, not die in hunger and pain.
And I want to rescue them as soon as possible.
We always leave the food at both a higher position and lower position, for kittens and weak cats.
Koenji Nyandarazu made the barricade a few days ago to discourage bigger wild animals. Happy to see you, kitten.
We’ll make you happy.
Let’s find your mother.


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Then go to the next, and the next.

To be continued…

Cooperative rescue activity in Fukushima.

December 20, 2014
Cooperative rescue activity in Fukushima.

The first day of activity on the 19th was done by Matatabi & Nekokatsu.
They set 19 capture cages in Okuma and Futaba, which is planed to be a nationalization area.
They left enough food for the new year holiday in the difficult-to-return area in Okuma and Futaba.
This photo is from Matatabi’s Facebook page.


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The second day, on the 20th, Inuneko Kyusainowa had a turn.
It was hard activity, like the 19th.
We left enough food for the new year holiday in Namie.
We collected all capture cages and rescued 3 cats in Futaba.
We brought these 3 cats to TNR Japan Animal Welfare hospital.

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The third day, the 21st, Sakura Mama joined.
On this day, I brought 3 cats from Namie to the shelter of Nyanda Guard.
Then I collected the capture cages in Tomioka and Namie.
I will go into the 20km area on the 22nd and 23rd.
On the 22nd, Maria, of Nekono, will join, and set the capture cages in Tomioka, Okuma, and Futaba, and leave food in Okuma.

Shinto ritual involving live frogs on skewers at Suwa Taisha shrine. Protest demonstration on January 1, 2015.

January 3, 2015
Shinto ritual involving live frogs on skewers at Suwa Taisha shrine.
Protest demonstration on January 1, 2015.

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Mitarashigawa river.

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Each of the participants prepared a handmade banner and placard, and appealed to Suwa Taisha Shrine and it’s visitors.


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After the Shrine took the frog from Mitarashigawa river,

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we didn’t stop the protest.

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A pink rabbit handed out fliers to the visitors in the cold snow.

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We continue to demand that Suwa Taisha shrine use a substitute, rather than using a live frog for this cruel Shinto ritual.

We, 11 people, watched the cruel Shinto ritual of skewering the live frog.
We are going to expose this truth to everybody in the whole country, and increase from 11 to a hundred, and a thousand.


■You should stop cruelties to any creature

■Cruelty of adults is virtually handed down to children via live frogs on skewers

■Stop the skewering of live frogs! Request a substitute,

■The Japanese should open their hearts and love small life.

■Now that the Katori shrine and Kashima shrine quarrel has been lost, it looks like the god that flowed into Suwako Lake favors bullying the weak by Shinto ritual sacrifice.

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Every year on January 1st, Suwa Taisha shrine holds a Shinto ritual to dig up the torpid frogs and kills them by impaling them on skewers.
What kind of meaning will this useless torture-killing have in the present times?

“Kawazugari Shinji” is a traditional shinto ritual at Suwa Taisha Shrine.
They skewer a live frog with a tree branch.
We want to let stop the infliction of pain and suffering on the animal.
Please call Suwa Taisha shrine, and tell them to use a substitute instead of a living frog.

TEL 0266-52-1919

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Raise this voice again and again.

Protest demonstration at Suwa Taisha Shrine in Nagano.

January 2, 2015
Protest demonstration at Suwa Taisha Shrine in Nagano.

■You should stop cruelties to any creature

■Cruelty of adults is virtually handed down to children via live frogs on skewers

■Stop the skewering of live frogs! Request a substitute,

■The Japanese should open their hearts and love small life.

■Now that the Katori shrine and Kashima shrine quarrel has been lost, it looks like the god that flowed into Suwako Lake favors bullying the weak by Shinto ritual sacrifice.


This is the Facebook page of Kishimoto.
We did a demonstration to Suwa Taisha shrine protesting against anachronistic skewer sacrifice of frogs.

https://www.facebook.com/yacchi0418/posts/751047188305096?pnref=story


Good evening and a happy new year.
Thank you so much for your support last year.
Last night, I went to Nagano with Yui and some volunteers.
We gathered with the representatives of Capin from Ibaraki and a lawyer, Kei and Vivian from Kansai.
Then went to Suwa Taisha Shrine for the protest demonstration against the skewer sacrifice of frogs.
This was my first experience holding a placard and protesting.
I have seen young people do this in Facebook.
I fully realize this is hard activity.
I endured booing and abuse, and carried through with faith.
We were interviewed by the journalists of several companies.
Police also came.
But we did not do any illegal actions at all and there was no problem.
This is because a lawyer accompanied us.
The temperature was below freezing, and there was heavy snow.
Everyone became white, and our hands and feet are benumbed with cold.
I hope people have at least a little feeling about how wrong this Shinto ritual is.
I stopped by my mother’s house on the way home.

This is a video made by LIA, of the Shinto ritual of skewering a frog at Suwa Taisha shrine.

http://youtu.be/xDlhLH-z1as


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New Year's Day, a protest movement in Suwa Taisha shrine.

January 1, 2015.

■You should stop the cruelty to any creature

■Cruelty of adults is virtually handed down to children via live frogs on skewers

■Stop the skewering of live frogs! Request a substitute.

■The Japanese should open their hearts and love small life.

■Now that the Katori shrine and Kashima shrine quarrel has been lost, it looks like the god that flowed into Suwako Lake favors bullying the weak by Shinto ritual sacrifice.

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Every year on January 1st, Suwa Taisha shrine holds a Shinto ritual to dig up the torpid frogs and kills them by impaling them alive on skewers.
What kind of meaning can this useless torture-killing have in the present times?

Thank you so much for my birthday messages and new year messages through Facebook.
I am so sorry I couldn't answer each of you.

This is the Twitter of Kishimoto.
We did a demonstration to Suwa Taisha shrine protesting against anachronistic skewer sacrifice of frogs.


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Kei, Riru and Vivian came from Kansai.
From Kanto, Tsuruta-san, from Capin, and other reliable members.
Kishimoto san drove the car. We safely passed through bad weather on the Chuo Highway, and arrived at Suwa Taisha Shrine in Nagano.

It was freezing, and our hands and legs hurt from the cold.
I learned a lot from everyone’s action.

I think it is important to know the actual situation, and report it.
I did my best, and I think that I was able to achieve that somehow without becoming a drag.

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After coming home, I warmed my body, but can’t get back a normal sense of my body.

I am wondering if everyone got home safely.
Thank you for your hard work.

Inuneko Kyusainowa sent a fax to Suwa Taisha Shrine concerning our thoughts on the Shinto ritual involving live frogs on skewers.

December 17, 2014
Inuneko Kyusainowa sent a fax to Suwa Taisha Shrine concerning our thoughts on the Shinto ritual involving live frogs on skewers.

To: Mr. Kazutaka Kitajima
Representative
Suwa Taisha

From: Ms. Akiko Yui
Inuneko Kyusainowa, TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital

December 16, 2014


We received your answer dated December 10.
We are very disappointed as you repeat the same explanation; that this is a very important Shinto ritual under the faith of Suwa, and you will do this on January 1st, 2015.

We would like to tell you our thoughts.

There is a contradiction in the rationalization for perpetrating cruelty.
If you explain this as a vital Shinto ritual which you protect with ujiko (shrine parishioners), why did you abolish the sacrifice of deer or rabbit and now use stuffed animal for those rituals?

2. Tradition won’t be able to continue without consideration for cruelty.
Our hope is not to stop the Shinto ritual of hunting frogs.
We ask you to use a substitute, or pretend to shoot the frog.
When social approval is lacking, tradition is generally brought into alignment with social norms by the use of suggestive performance, with ritual enactment with effigies.
Without such appropriate reforms, the Shinto ritual of frog hunting will likely disappear completely sometime soon.

3. To whom does the Shinto shrine belong? (It is not only for ujiko (shrine parishioners).
Suwa Taisha, which is a Shinto shrine, is a prominent shrine, and has a public characteristic.
Suwa Taisha is not only for ujiko in the Suwa area.
Visitors come from all over the world.
The Shrine should be for anyone who visits and pays for various Shinto purifications.
In addition, Suwa Taisha shrine received public moneys, in the form of 1,400,000 yen for repairs, from the city in 2013. And in 2014, subsidies totalled more than 20 million yen from the government.
http://www.bunka.go.jp/Bunkazai/hojo/h26_02/pdf/nagano.pdf
http://www.city.suwa.lg.jp/web/gikai/GikaiReport/GikaiReport51_20130201.pdf

These costs come from citizens via taxes.
Suwa Taisha shrine is not only for ujiko, but for all of the nation.
Suwa Taisha should listen the opinion of citizens, and revise the Shinto ritual to avoid this cruelty.

For these reasons, again we ask you to stop the skewering of live frogs.


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Please spread the information in your Facebook, twitter and blog.
Let’s stop the Shinto ritual involving live frogs on skewers on January 1st.
Please call Suwa Taisha.
TEL 0266-52-1919

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Penalty of 200,000 yen announced for the former employee of a cleaning company who killed a dog in a case of fatal animal assault at Kanagawa Animal Welfare center.

December 16, 2014
Penalty of 200,000 yen announced for the former employee of a cleaning company who killed a dog in a case of fatal animal assault at Kanagawa Animal Welfare center.

http://www.sanspo.com/geino/news/20141215/tro14121517560004-n1.html
2014.12.15 17:56

The Hiratsuka summary court ordered a former employee (57) of a cleaning company to pay a fine of 200,000 yen by the 15th.
This man beat a Miniature Dachshund to death with a metal rod during cleaning on September 4 at Kanagawa Animal Welfare center, (Hiratduka). and was prosecuted by Hiratsuka local public prosecutor’s office for violation of the Act on Welfare and Management of Animals.
This man was bitten while trying to move a dog that was immobile due to a hernia.
Kanagawa Animal Welfare center appealed to the Hiratuka police depart in October. (Kyodo)


We were expecting that Hiratsuka local public prosecutor’s office would give a severe punishment because of the maliciousness of the case.
I have mixed feelings about this penalty.

To build a society without the animal abuse, I learned following things from this case.

If your own animal has been abused, please formally accuse and charge for property destruction and violation of Act on Welfare and Management of Animals, don’t just leave charges up to police.

2) If you find animal abuse occurring either to someone’s animal or an ownerless animal, please report to police and file charges for violation of the Act on Welfare and Management of Animals if possible. (You can file charges even though you are not the owner).
Also declare charges to the animal welfare center and the local government office.
In this case, the director of Kanagawa Animal Welfare center filed charges.
It is very effective to have charges filed by the administration.

The man was effectively prosecuted because Kanagawa prefecture made formal accusations.
If the case is disputed, you can make a protest against the result.

Please take these steps and follow through with charges.
You can ask the humane association to do these procedures.
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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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