Please explore the information to your friends in overseas about abolition or use substitute for the Shinto ritual involving live frogs on skewers in Suwa Taisha shrine.

July 31, 2015

Please explore the information to your friends in overseas about abolition or use substitute for the Shinto ritual involving live frogs on skewers in Suwa Taisha shrine.

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

■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.


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


Raise this voice again and again.

Shinto ritual involving live frogs on skewers in Suwa Taisha shrine on January 1, 2015.

☆Report of activity in Namie, Fukushima on July 12.

July 15, 2015
☆Report of activity in Namie, Fukushima on July 12.

This is from a volunteer in Namie.

How are you, Yui?
It got hot so suddenly.
I am sorry to tell you this, but there are so many things which we can’t do without you.
I hope you get better soon and come back for the dogs and cats, and also for us.

Quantity of feeding.


Started with 360Kg, and we used all of it.

Precious food from all of your support.
Thank you so much.
We brought everything for the cats.

Sunday was so hot, same as Saturday.
I didn’t meet anyone, maybe because of the weather.
This time I could move smoothly, and concentrate on the feeding.






This is the first time for me to do everything planned.

And I saw a cat at a feeding point.
Maybe this cat came often, and found an empty box.

A cat ran away.
But I quickly left some food.
Maybe she/he will come back after I leave.

Enjoy the meal while it is fresh.

Cats are probably the weakest of the animals which come to eat this food.
I wish I could stay by their side while they safely finish eating, but all I can do is to leave food in this town without people.


I also took a photo of Hydrangea.
This is so gorgeous.
There are still a lot of buds.
It continues blooming.


It was so hot.
But it was also a lucky day.

I’ll do my best again next time, won’t let the heat stop me!


☆Fukushima activity.

July 13, 2015
☆Fukushima activity.
Report from a volunteer.

This is the first time for me have some rest in the last 4 years and 4 months.
I thank the volunteers so much.
They worried about me, and have done everything that needed doing this time.
They must be exhausted, but they still have to attend to jobs and activities in their home towns.
At least I can upload the photos, and report on their work.

Report from a volunteer.

The hydrangea were so beautiful.
Yui saw this so many times, but it is sad for me to see a house swallowed by plants.


A common raccoon in Nagatsuka.


And yes!!!
A black and white cat came into the capture cage!
It is male.


☆Cooperative rescue activity in Fukushima on July 10 in the difficult return area and planned nationalization area in Okuma.

July 11, 2015
☆Cooperative rescue activity in Fukushima on July 10 in the difficult return area and planned nationalization area in Okuma.

Using sensor cameras, made possible by your support, achieves great results.
Now we can make good plans for where to set the capture cages.
This is a place where some people saw a black and white cat across the street.

I hope this cat comes into the capture cage.
Matatabi & Nekokatsu set 2 capture cages.


Now we know, from a sensor camera which Madao set, that 2 other cats come to eat.
During the last activity, this resident called me.
This elderly lady evacuated to Aizu from Okuma.
But she doesn’t know anyone, and misses Okuma so much.
I am thinking of taking her to Okuma after next Spring.



There are still some cats in this town.
We use the neighbors land, and also the land where I helped the resident to find their cats, as we focus on protecting them
I set the capture cage in the dog house which our supporter’s donated.


Planned nationalization area in Okuma.
This area is quite close to the nuclear power plant.
Sakuramama and volunteers were bringing food after the accident.
This time, we set 3 sensor cameras, and near each one 2 capture cages.

Radioactivity is still high, and this area will be nationalized.
Most of the residents don’t visit.
Untouched, everything is the same as right after the accident.





Continue tomorrow.

☆Cooperative Rescue Activity in Fukushima.

July 3, 2015
☆Cooperative Rescue Activity in Fukushima.

Activity On June 27 with Takecchi & Madao in Okuma, and Tomioka in Fukushima.










Each time, I see different flowers, but I can never take time to watch.
What’s wrong with my camera.
It looks like water got into it.
This is a real cheap camera.
I often break it or lose it.
But I have used it for quite long time.
The quality is not so good, but be patient…




After we finish all the duties, we gather at this base, a place with some mysterious things.


This is the food box that Madao made.
How does this one work?
I didn’t have a time to learn about it at first.


But today we are on time.
Finally, I learned how to use this food box.


This is Tomioka.



We couldn’t bring the food here for a while.
But these 2 cats survived.



From this time on, we focus on setting sensor cameras and protection stuff at feeding points in Tomioka.
The decontamination work advances very fast.
I think depending on the progress of decontamination, the government and authorities will decide when the residents can come home.

Some kinds of animals, like civets, raccoons, raccoon dogs (tanuki), and too many rats, are living in the vacant houses. This is a serious problem for the residents.
Sometimes we see someone setting traps or adhesive sheets.
There are still cats there.
We told them if we capture civets or other animals, we release them far from this area.
But it’s difficult to persuade them.

The situation is changing so fast in each town, it’s difficult to follow it.

A Chinese woman saved 360 dogs which were going to be killed in the Dog Meat Festival in China.

June 27, 2015
A Chinese woman saved 360 dogs which were going to be killed in the Dog Meat Festival in China.

This is from Buzzmag.

In Yulin, Guangxi, China, about 10,000 dogs are slaughtered for food every year at a Dog Meat Festival.
It is a tradition in China.
It is said that if you eat dog meat on the summer solstice, it brings good health and luck.

However, they transfer the dogs in small cages, and kill the dogs by cruel methods.
Criticism of this is led by animal protection groups all over the world.


This is a story of a woman who saved 360 dogs from the Dog Meat Festival.

She was a teacher before retirement.
Her name is Mrs.Yang Xiaoyun, (65), from Tianjin.

She saved 50,000 Renminyuan (about 1,000,000 yen), and bought as many dogs as she could from the Dog Meat Festival in Yulin, Guangxi, which is about 2,658 km from her home.

She brought the dogs to her animal shelter in Tianjin Stray Animal Rescue Centre.
There are over 1,000 dogs and over 200 cats in this shelter.


Despite good thoughts about this, it’s hard for many people to put their ideas into action.
Why does Mrs. Xiaoyun continue this activity?

It started when Mts.Xiaoyun’s husband passed away.
One day, she was thinking about killing herself.
She saw someone throw a kitten into a river, and she saved this kitten.
Since then, she has tried to protect abandoned dogs and cats as much as possible.

Most of them have handicaps or injuries, and sometimes their eyes had been scooped out.
She is doing this activity because she wants to save such animals, even one she possibly can.


As they are living creatures, the work is not completed when she rescues them.
She works hard to take care of them.


She wakes up 5:00AM every morning.
She has one meal a day.
But she makes the animals’ food for 8 hours, giving it to them twice a day.


She devotes herself to animals.
I greatly admire her activity.

It is difficult to change tradition.
But I hope Mrs.Xiaoyun’s effort changes that tradition, and lessens slaughter the dogs.


TV news From NTDTV
“Extreme Animal Lover - Rescues Stray Dogs and Cats from Chinese Restaurants & Medical Experiments”

☆Report on activity in Namie, Fukushima, by AYAKA.

June 23, 2015
☆Report on activity in Namie, Fukushima, by AYAKA.

First of all, I used 332k of your donated food in Namie this time.
Thank you so much.


The sunlight was less and it looked like it would be cool.
I was expecting to meet some cats during the morning, but I didn’t see any animals at all.

Even without sunlight, it was so humid I couldn’t stop sweating.
I don’t like such weather because I get tired easily.

The food is always left underneath waste material, but even that was covered by weeds.
The grass, now grown so high, blocks the way ahead.


I didn’t wear a hat, but I needed it to avoid cobwebs.
It was raining, and the grass got wet.
The cobwebs increased everywhere.
Luckily, there are not so many mosquitos.

Ivy crawled along the road.
It is better to cut grasses before it’s too late.
Otherwise the road will be hidden under the grass.


There are so many big blue bags.


In Namie, from June 1, Tokyo Electric Power Company might have restarted putting household effects in order, and seeing to and waste disposal.

There are many bags in front of the house.
It was Sunday, and decontamination workers were off duty.
But people who put stuff in order were there.
It looks like the town is moving.
We have to move the feeding point at some places.

This is the food which I brought.
Thank you so much for your support.








When the residents return to Namie, I want to live here with other residents.

Please take care of yourself Yui,

See you soon.



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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