The world is changing.
How long Suwa Taisha Shrine continue such sacrifice culture?
Please spread information to your friends overseas about the abolition, or use of substitutes, for the Shinto ritual involving live frogs on skewers at Suwa Taisha shrine.
We, Inuneko Kyusainowa, and TNR Japan Animal Welfare hospital, oppose the Shinto ritual involving live frogs on skewers in Suwa Taisha shrine in Nagano prefecture.
The Shinto ritual using frogs is a cruel ritual involving the sacrifice of live frogs on skewers every year on January 1.
We have been requesting abolishment of this ritual, or the use of substitutes.
This year on January 1, we went to Suwa Taisha shrine to protest with other humane associations and lawyers.
They said that it has been a traditional Shinto ritual for a long time, and they won’t stop.
We couldn’t make them stop, but the discussion has been heating up in the media.
We think the tradition should change in form, in line with the change of consciousness of people, and with the times.
In fact, in the past Suwa Taisha shrine sacrificed and beheaded 75 deer. According to one report, the Meiji government prohibited this because of the extreme cruelty.
In the museum of Suwa Taisha shrine, deer’s heads and skewered rabbits are exhibited.
We could witness their cruel ritual.
It is sophism that they don’t stop because of tradition.
Most of the traditional Shinto rituals in Suwa Taisha shrine have abolished sacrifice, or use substitutes.
Ikushimatarushima shrine in Nagano stopped using live frogs, and just imitates sacrifice by shooting the bow.
Frogs are easier to get than deer or rabbits.
Or maybe they are easier to kill.
However, people recognized that sacrificing deer, and skewering rabbits, is cruel.
We, in present time, strongly reject the idea of showing this ritual to children.
It is said that young criminals begin by abusing small creatures like frogs, then move on to cats, and then finally people.
There is concern about he how abuse of small creatures might influence young minds and bodies.
Please think about it, and share this information with your friends.
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 lives.
Every year on January 1st, Suwa Taisha shrine holds a Shinto ritual in which they dig up the torpid frogs, and kill them by impaling them on skewers.
What kind of meaning will this useless torture-killing have in present times?
“Kawazugari Shinji” is a traditional shinto ritual at Suwa Taisha Shrine.
They skewer live frogs with a tree branch.
We want to make them 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.
I went to Suwa Taisha on January 1st, 2015 and asked for a halt to skewering living frogs, and the use of substitutes.
More people will go there next January 1st, and I will go again with them.
If you want to raise a voice for abused, weak animals who have no words, please come with us.
Cruelty must be stopped.
Let's stop the useless killing.
If you want to come with us, please contact us.
☆Pipi survived near Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant in the planned nationalization area of Okuma.
Set the capture cage in Tomioka early in the morning, then go to Okuma.
The landscape is all in black.
Heaps of waste from decontamination.
Set the capture cage.
When we have enough volunteers, we have time to supply water.
We can also clean the food box.
While I was on the mountain side, other cooperative volunteers were in the planned nationalization area and seaside near the nuclear power plant, to capture cats.
Then as the activity neared it’s end this day,
I got some good news.
Someone protected a cat.
It looks young.
Anyone know this cat?
2015 October in Okuma, seaside.
Mixed siamese, Male. Made up name: Pipi.
No one in this town.
Please do not forget, cats are still left within the barricade.
Dogs called “stray” left unprotected in Jyoso, Ibaraki.
There are so many issues regarding animals in Ibaraki prefecture.
Man-made disasters tend to wind up sacrificing the weak.
Abandoned dogs can do little besides just eating and breeding.
Then they are killed by the authorities.
When the information was transmitted, already so many dogs had been killed.
This is called an issue of overbreeding of stray dogs.
Some volunteers stood up, and started to negotiate with the authorities and the region.
It is not easy.
Find a place to keep the dog.
Capture the dog by capture cage.
Take care of the dog in the shelter.
Then catastrophe by typhoon.
Their activity has no rest.
I took some photos in Jyoso.
This is Mrs. Tsuruta of CAPIN. http://ameblo.jp/capin-blog/
Animal Welfare Center in Ibaraki.
I don’t know how many stray cats were sacrificed in the typhoon/flood disaster.
Stray dogs, stray cats.
Their lives are not saved.
But they should be protected by law.
I want the authorities to push forward with animal welfare.