☆We oppose dolphin hunting and dolphin shows.
In the future, dolphin aquariums will be closed throughout Europe, not only in Germany.
This is coverage of the situation in Germany, which will regulate the breeding of dolphins.
Germany is one of the more advanced countries concerning animal welfare.
Dolphin shows are decreasing sharply there.
Now they are going to regulate the breeding of the dolphins.
I visited a zoo in Duisburg city, which is in the western part of Germany.
This zoo has 7 dolphins.
The dolphin show goes on 3 times a day, and it is very popular for families.
But in Germany, a humane association criticized this dolphin show as being cruel.
One after another, zoos are now stooping the dolphin shows, and the breeding.
There once were over 10 facilities which had dolphin shows.
But now, only 2 facilities are doing the shows, including this zoo.
One visitor said that ‘it is not good for dolphins to do the show, but as a mother, it is good for children.’ It is a dilemma.
Another visitor said that it is not good to put animals in small places.
This zoo was told by the humane association to stop breeding, and also received an order from the court to reveal the breeding records.
A member of the breeding staff said that the focus shouldn’t only be on dolphins.
Other animals are just the same. This is one form of animal protection.
The zoo insist that the show is a place to study the habits of dolphins, and issues of the natural environment, and that breeding dolphins also serves to protect both dolphins, and biological research.
They are going to keep sharing dolphin information on the internet while continuing breeding.
On the other hand, the humane association aims to prohibit the export and breeding of dolphins in Europe.
A representative of the humane association said that in the future, dolphin aquariums will be closed not only in Germany, but throughout Europe.
In Switzerland, the law was revised to prohibit the import of dolphins, and regulations also advance in Europe.
In Germany, movement towards the full-scale prohibition of breeding of dolphins is expected to accelerate.
☆Cooperative rescue activity in Fukushima on June 12 and 13.
We stopped by the reception desk with other volunteers.
2 staff members were talking.
“They are from an Animal Welfare Organization”
That surprised me.
If they ask, ‘are you from Animal Welfare Organization?’, we will be confused about how to answer.
If we say “No”, it sounds like “Yes”.
Why doesn’t this country accept animal rescue?
Why don’t they say “Thank you!”?
The reception staff is always different.
It was good people on this day.
They didn’t say anything, and we passed through the gate.
Then we started the activity as usual.
I learned how to clean the dirty food box with a cup of water.
The water is precious.
Outside of the box is still dirty, but we leave the food.
It is so difficult to do everything in such short time.
Bumping up against the time limit, all of us gathered at the last feeding point.
I didn’t have enough time to take photos, and this is all I took.
Then I took the last one when Mrs.Tominaga was supplying water.
This food box is made by Madao.
It is still fine.
We finished the feeding, and tending the water supply, and set and collected the capture cages and the sensor cameras on time.
Then on to the screening area.
It is now the 5th year.
I may have been exposed to radiation.
I feel languid these days.
But while in Fukushima, I forget about that.
I always take a deep breath when I get out from the barricade of Okuma and Futaba.
Then slow down, and go to Tomioka and Naraha with another volunteer.
I take charge of capture and feeding in Tomioka.
When I was leaving food, a police car came, and they asked,
“What are you doing?”
People can come into this area during the day legally and I don’t have to be nervous.
“Cats are still here, and someone asked me to feed them. Has something happened?”
I asked a police man.
“A tractor disappeared from here. Do you know when it is disappeared?”
Well, yes there was a tractor here.
I was surprised to hear about it.
Still now, this kind of thing is happening in the town without people.
Let’s go to the next place.
I rescued a cat this time.
I give thanks to Matatabi & Nekokatsu.
This is a difficult place for cats to live.
But I can’t remember how many cats we rescued here.
The body is small.
But the belly is so big.
This place is in a field, and we hide from the old checkpoint.
It is not possible to release it after the sterilization.
I want to rescue all of them, and be finished with this place.
But there may still be some cats.
Mrs.Tominaga brought this cat to TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital in Kawasaki right away to get sterilized.
She arrived the hospital around 8pm.
It was after the hospital had closed, but a veterinarian did the operation.
It never gets easier, this rescue activity in Fukushima.
But at least, with everyone’s efforts, some lives are saved.
I thank you so much for your support.
☆Realize a society that can live together with animals.
Walking in a town without people, I meet various animals, like a fairy tale.
I met a tanuki, (raccoon dog).
In the next house, I met a mouse.
I met a snake on the street.
I have come to a town where raccoons are common.
Civets live together with them.
On the way to the next town, I met a family of wild boar.
A crow talked to me from the top of a tree.
Then, well…I met an animal I couldn’t identify.
A fox was also there.
If I added some conversation of the animals, it would be a gentle fairy tale.
If children could experience being with nature and animals, they might grow up learning love, with sympathetic hearts, improving that aspect of themselves.
If this was in nature, not post-nuclear power accident, it would be wonderful to meet various animals, feeling nature and life.
I am usually in places with so many people.
I have never seen animals living in the nature like they do here.
In Fukushima, this is the season of breeding.
Some children of raccoons came into the capture cage.
And this one too…
Much life is nurtured.
This world is not only for humans.
We must not take everything.
We must not break everything.
We seriously have to think of all living together.
☆Rescue activity in the difficult return area of Okuma and Futaba in Fukushima.
Though cats are still alive, people don’t come back to within the barricade.
Leaving Kawasaki for Fukushima.
Thank you so much the donations of so much food.
Mrs. U. donated 4 dog houses to use as feeding houses.
We can set 5 sensor cameras this time.
Thank you so much for your support.
Now 13 cameras are working, searching for cats in the town without people.
With your donations, I could buy 20 SD cards (32GB) and AA size batteries.
Thank you very much.
Myself, and all volunteers, are full-on busy working in this, the fifth year.
Like the rest of them, I have some issues.
My brain and body feel heavy. It’s difficult to move well, and to control myself.
All other volunteers are working through the same feelings as me.
Just before we started out this time, one volunteer suffered a big accident.
But she didn’t say she can’t go.
And I couldn’t say she doesn’t have to go.
I think she lost concentration for a moment during the busy day.
So this is our situation.
Now, in the last year of our efforts, with activity reduced by half, is an important juncture.
Cooperating volunteers now number less than 10.
Only I complain often, but the others silently continue the severe activity.
I have 100% trust in the strength of their love for animals, and their sense of responsibility.
But I get antsy about whether everyone is ok or not.
We use all our strength in this activity.
Please help support it.
Thank you so much.
Well, driving carefully, I go again.
This time also we try to protect cats.
I have so much gratitude for a volunteer who is setting the capture cages despite having suffered serious injury from an accident.
This is the video from a sensor camera in Madao.
We can see 3 cats.
A black cat, one of them came into the capture cage.
This cat is leukemia positive.
At last, a life that I was able to protect.
We’ll battle the sickness, and want to give a happy second life to this cat.
We continue to attempt rescue of the 2 other cats.
People never come back to within the barricade of the difficult return area of Okuma and Futaba, where cats continue to live.
Please support our activity in Fukushima.
Your donation will be used for the transportation to go there.
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☆Local TNR in Kawasaki.
I have been doing TNR (Trap, Neuter and Return) for 10 years in Kawasaki.
The number of cats has decreased but still…
Every night, steadily, I do TNR, the hard way.
Older people call me often.
“I asked you to do sterilization before. Can you do it again?”
“Who’s calling please? When was it, and where?”
“It was about 5 or 10 years ago. You came for volunteering.”
At that time I didn’t have the TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital.
But it is amazing that she still has my phone number.
There are some similar phone calls.
Another elderly person came to TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital and said she can’t capture a cat.
I wish I could go, but I have too many things to do, and no time and no energy.
I am so sorry.
Protecting some cats in Okuma, difficult return area.
We confirmed 3 cats in Okuma, difficult return area, with sensor camera.
We captured one but still we can’t find two.
We tried for 7 days in May, but they didn’t go into the capture cage.
We leave more food, and will try again in June.
This is a place where we saw a cat last year.
This house resident had so many cats.
I am wondering if there are no cats here.
Maybe better to set a sensor camera.
This is a place where we rescued so many cats.
I think it may still be possible to find more.
Leave lots of food, and set the capture cage for next time.
This is the routine.
We stop by all feeding points quickly before getting out through the barricade.
Then we go to Tomioka.
The decontamination is going on, but the radiation level doesn’t get lower.
I didn’t meet anyone in Naraha.
It is quiet and lonely.
Go back to Naraha base and clean the capture cage.
It was a good idea to make a washing place.
It is so convenient.
A day of Fukushima activity is over.
I feel my car is still new.
But it drove so far.
This is on Sunday, so it’s difficult to find an open gas station.
I go down the express way at Iwaki Chuo.
I will go to Fukushima this weekend.
But I’m always thinking about stuff like where we should set the capture cage, or where we should set the sensor camera.
Even when I am in Kawasaki, I feel like I’m doing Fukushima activity every day.
Responsible for cats at feeding points in Fukushima.
Our aim is to rescue all by April in 2016.
Please give us your support for sensor cameras.
The Nuclear Power Plant accident in Fukushima was huge.
We didn’t have any examples to follow, no one has had that experience.
It was hard activity, with no foreseeable future.
The situation is changing a lot.
It’s now the 5th year, and finally I feel I can see the future of cats in Fukushima.
It is the final stage for Inuneko Kyusainowa.
By next Spring, we hope to rescue all cats, at all feeding points.
The places are Okuma, in the planned nationalization area, Futaba, in the difficult return area, Naraha, and Tomioka.
We already started this activity.
The area is wide.
First of all, we have to check the number of cats.
The sensor camera is expensive, but it works 24 hours for us.
We set the 7 new cameras during our last activity.
This new camera can record for a long time, and we can change the battery and SD card, and also the image is clear.
We need 13 more cameras.
We got some from your support.
We also use your donations to buy them.
Madao set the camera carefully to avoid wild animals.
We move the old cameras, (recording time is short), to Naraha and Tomioka.
We want to set all sensor cameras by the end of June.
It is expensive and I feel sorry to ask you.
But we would appreciate so much if you could offer support for sensor cameras.
On June 22, I’ll check the number of cameras.
If it is still not enough, I will use your donations from the suffering support fund.
I want to set all cameras on June 26 and 27.
Thank you so much.
Can we save the stray dogs in Jyoso-city, Ibaraki prefecture?
Find foster families instead of killing.
Sterilization is the only way to stop breeding.
Sterilization shows human’s love and responsibility.
They can’t do anything by themselves.
With all of your love, we step forward one by one to find foster families instead of killing them.
Everyday volunteers go there, and capture them for sterilization at TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital.
I thank you so much for your support for the rescue activity of stray dogs in Jyoso, Ibaraki.
The sterilization is necessary to stop this misery.
We are doing this under a severe financial situation.
Your support is used for anesthesia, medicine, examination for filaria, preventive medicine, and so on.
One dog was saved yesterday.
And one dog today.
One by one and steadily, those stray dogs are saved with necessary measures.
I thank Mrs. M so much for bringing donations to TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital. I also thank Mrs. N, who gave me a donation.
I certainly record it, and use it carefully.
It saves dogs, and it also saves me.
Activity in Okuma, Fukushima.
In hot weather,
we set the capture cage to rescue abandoned cats as usual.
We leave water, as much as possible.
It is the season of the insect.
This stick from a tree is necessary to save small life.
Bringing the food is so hard.
But this is full of love from our supporters.
We want to help them live, and satisfy their hunger.
We set the feeding box at a high place to avoid wild animals.
I can use only 2 fingers of my left hand, so it’s hard to lift it up.
I lean a board up diagonally and put food in the through back.
But I can’t do everything well, and get frustrated in the limited time available.
In this cooperative activity, the number of feeding points increases, and it’s hard for everyone.
But we all believe that after we get over this situation, Fukushima activity can scale down. It will be easier to just check the sensor cameras and set the capture cages every day.
The sea is about 100 meters up ahead.
Cats are left in no men’s land.
If we abandon them, they can’t survive.
Takecchi and Sakura Mama used to visit this place on their own, but now cooperative volunteers come in turns.
Let’s go to the feeding point.
This is Madao' masterpiece.
We still can’t find 2 more cats belonging to the owner of this house.
Madao set the camera and took the video.
I can’t do anything but clean the entrance.
There are so many mouse droppings.
Do you still want to see the dolphin shows in aquariums?
The life of the wild dolphin is more than 30 years.
The life of the dolphin in an aquarium is around 4-7 years.
We, Inuneko Kyusainowa, oppose breeding creatures in inappropriate environments and forcing them to do entertainments.
Fishing methods aren’t the only issues concerning dolphins.
Also problematic is the training of dolphins with painful techniques for the shows in aquariums, which shortens their lives in those rough environments,.
Wild dolphins can live over 30 years.
But the average lifespan of dolphins in aquariums is about 7 years.
It said 5.5 years before.
The Taiji Whale Museum calculated 4.3 years.
The following is an excerpt from the Animal Rights Center information.
We oppose the display of dolphins.
Wild dolphins are introduced into the aquarium.
Most of the aquariums have been buying dolphins at a high price from Taiji, Wakayama, where dolphin drive hunting is done.
The trading performance in 2011 was 131 bottlenose dolphins out of 186, (70%), and 24 grampus griseus out of 188 (12.7%).
These are captured by drive hunting and sold to aquariums in Japan and overseas.
Things like trained dolphin shows are never done in Zoos.
Normally people don’t care.
But most zoos don’t train animals to make shows.
However, most of the aquariums are doing shows to entertain people.
The aquariums say that the main purpose is the observation of habits, and the cultivation of aesthetic sensitivity for children.
But it’s stressful for the animals to make shows in aquariums, where they can’t find food by themselves.
Please imagine that.
Why do trainers give food after each performance?
To live in the narrow aquarium throughout an entire life.
Wild dolphins in nature move between 60km and 100km in one day.
The water tank in aquariums is much smaller than that.
As the result, many dolphins display stereotypical behaviors.
For example, elephants in zoos do repetitious actions like swinging their noses right to left again and again, or swinging their bodies right to left.
This is because of stress, and is an abnormal behavior indicative of frustration.
Do you still want to see the dolphin shows in aquariums?
Report of Activity in Namie, Fukushima, by AYAKA, on May 17.
This is the report of activity in Namie on May 17.
This time, we brought 357kg of food.
Thank all of you for sending the food for cats in Fukushima.
It was very hot day.
I couldn’t see any cats.
I saw only wild boar, a mother and child.
It will be hotter, and the activity will be harder.
Animals won’t be moving around during the day.
I did not meet the vigilance committee, but I passed a police car in the difficult return area.
I was a bit nervous.
But now they don’t stop us for check ups.
This is the street going to a house at where we have a protection request.
If no one uses the street, the trees and plants grow, and we can’t use it either.
Next time, it will be harder to go in.
I wanted to stop by a memorial monument in Ukedo.
But now there’s no street to get there, so I couldn’t go.
Instead of that, I saw an incineration facility under construction.
The local authorities are collecting garbage in Namie.
They’re gathering it for temporary storage near Kiyohashi.
When the incineration facility has been completed, they will begin disposal immediately.
I think this is a big step toward return for residents.
It will also help in providing employment.
It was really hot.
I didn’t put make up on, and didn’t use sunscreen.
I’ll surely get a dark tan.
But I can’t fret about it in Fukushima.
I was able to visit all the points.
But now we have to change the feeding places sometimes.
We have to think about how to lead cats to the feeding points.
Thank you so much for your cooperation.
Can we save the stray dogs in Jyoso, Ibaraki?
The hard activity for the rescue of stray dogs continues.
This action may be rash, but life is life.
If no one does this, all of them will be killed.
It is a big help that many people understand this activity.
Your support gives life to stray dogs that otherwise would have been finished.
I want to protect them.
We are using your donations carefully.
I thank you so deeply.
Our aim is to protect all.
However everything is so difficult.
Preparation of the places to receive them doesn’t match the speed of their propagation.
Government authorities set the problem aside, and space for receiving them is inadequate, as is man power, volunteer transportation, capture cages for dogs, and activity funding.
The other day, when I went to Fukushima, I stopped by a humane association in Iwaki at the end of the first day.
I know they have capture cages for dogs from their activity right after the disaster.
I went to ask them if we could borrow them.
The capture cage for dogs cost over 100,000 yen.
But it is so difficult to capture stray dogs, and we certainly need the capture cage.
I borrowed 2 of them.
From tonight, CAPIN and a volunteer will set the capture cages.
This is to allow them to live, and not to kill them.
This is a big difference from the strategy of the authorities.
We need many capture cages.
We have to give back these 2 capture cages after a week.
They also need them in Iwaki,.
After the rescue, we have to do sterilization, vaccination, examination for filaria, and various treatments.
Mrs. Tsuruta and I have to pay these fees.
This is the reality, and it feels so discouraging.
The full scale protection starts from now, but it is financially already in the red.
The situation is miserable.
If we don’t do sterilization, puppies are continually born.
Normally one dog has 7 puppies.
When we protect one dog, somewhere else 7 puppies are born, another place 7 puppies, and 3 puppies there…
They were born into such a bad situation.
On the ground there are so many mosquitos.
Most of the puppies under one year old in Jyoso test positive for filaria.
A mother dog decided to give birth under the tractor.
For these puppies, this is a safe place to avoid rain and wind.
Their whole bodies were covered with mosquitos, fleas, and ants.
Why don’t human beings want to help such small lives, that live desperately in such situations.
How can human beings say to kill them.
Kill them using tax moneys.
We rescued 7 puppies that started to move, and were at risk.
We can’t protect the mother dog yet.
There are many mother dogs, but which one is the mother of which puppy?
This is a severe environment for puppies.
Their bodies are covered with fleas, and itchy skin irritation from mites.
We need medicine, and vaccine to avoid parvovirus.
We also need nutritious food.
As there are so many, it costs a lot.
But I can’t turn away from these lives.
CAPIN faces a hard rescue.
We Inuneko Kyusainowa and TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital support the of rescue all dogs.
We must not let these dogs give birth anymore.
Sterilization is an urgent matter.
Please help us rescue the stray dogs in Jyoso, Ibaraki.
Please support us.
★Purpose and uses of donations:
Sterilization, Vaccine, Filaria test and other medical treatment fees in TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital.
Mizuho Bank, Moriya branch.
Big progress on dolphin hunts!
Inuneko Kyusainowa has been protesting the dolphins hunts in Taiji, Wakayama.
Taiji should follow the strict decisions of both the world and Japan, and stop these cruel dolphin hunts.
Thank you so much for your cooperation with the protest activity.
This is a big turning point, one of our purposes has been achieved.
I deeply appreciate it, and hope for your continued cooperation.
★From Sankei News Paper. May 20, 2015
Aquariums of the whole country can no longer buy dolphins from drive hunting.
Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums (JAZA) accepted the recommendations for improvement from World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA).
Concerning the issue of improvement, and WAZA’s expulsion notice to JAZA over violation of ethics by using dolphins from drive hunting in Taiji, Wakayama, JAZA voted on continuation as a WAZA member.
As for the result, staying in WAZA won a majority.
JAZA will report their intention to stay in WAZA in accordance the vote.
The members of JAZA will stop to buying dolphin provided by drive hunting.
The membership of JAZA includes 89 zoos and 63 aquariums, a total of 152 facilities.
30 aquariums were supplied dolphins from Taiji.
These aquariums may have a problem getting dolphins, and this might affect continuation of dolphin shows, which are popular for the children.
On the other hand, members of JAZA can continue to get animals like lions, giraffe, etc. though the world wide network of WAZA.
Due to dolphin hunting in Taiji, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and other anti-whaling groups and animal protection groups, continue vicious harassment of the fishermen in Taiji.
The governor of Taiji showed displeasure, and said `the world torments us’.
He objected that there is a discussion of cruelty to dolphins, even though there are so many kinds of fish from nature in aquarium.
Stop cruel dolphin hunts. The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) moves to disqualify Japan.
Stop cruel dolphin hunts.
The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) moves to disqualify Japan.
We, Inuneko Kyusainowa, have been protesting the dolphins hunts in Taiji, Wakayama.
In February last year, we met the staff of the Fisheries Agency to ask for abolishment of the dolphin hunts.
Please read my past blog.
At the same time, Inuneko Kyusainowa has been asking for the cooperation of Embassies in Japan of the countries which are against whaling.
I thank all people who sent e-mails or faxes to the parties concerned.
It was a small but very important step.
We have to go on to abolish the dolphin hunts.
We will oppose the sacrifice of any creatures, and the use them for commercial purposes, in the name of tradition.
We are such a small organisation, and can’t do anything without your support.
Please stay with us, and raise your voice for the animals that can’t speak for themselves.
Thank you so much.
From Asahi Degital, May 9, 2015
The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) brings Japanese dolphin fishing into question, and considers disqualification of Japan.
The Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums (JAZA, Tokyo) consists of 153 zoos and aquariums.
JAZA said that the qualification termination date was April 21.
The problem is that some aquariums bought dolphins from Taiji, Wakayama, where dolphin drive hunting is said to be cruel.
JAZA said that 30 aquariums have dolphins.
Some breed by themselves, or rescue wild dolphins accidentally caught in fishing nets, but some also buy from Taiji.
In Taiji, they drive a flock of dolphins into the inlet, and capture some.
This drive hunting violates an ethics regulation of WAZA.
If the qualification for WAZA ends, it will be difficult to continue exchanges of rare species through that network.
JAZA will examine the correspondence with the members and give a conclusion by the end of this month.
WAZA declared in the official letter, dated April 22, that ‘we request all members to follow the policy, which forbids cruel methods of capturing animals.
WAZA has worked to stop JAZA’s acquisition of dolphins by drive hunting for several years.
This issue was argued often in international meetings of WAZA.
JAZA explained that the fisherman had devised methods that reduce the burden on the dolphins, and tried to gain understanding for this reasoning.