☆Suwa Taisha shrine were not able to capture and kill the frog openly.
From the blog of CAPIN.
Suwa Taisha shrine were not able to capture and kill the frog openly.
We held the demonstration from 23:30pm on December 31 to 01:00am, January 1.
We chanted and called out to the passersby.
Many people stopped and listened to us.
On January 1, we held a demonstration from 7:30am to 9:30am at Mitarai river, where the Shinto ritual was performed until the year before last.
We wore frog costumes, and had balloons, placards and banners.
There was a standing signboard, and a rope (from last year).
It is forbidden to pass leaflets, or use signboards, banners, costumes, and voice opinions, which obstruct the Shinto ritual and worship.
Suwa Taisha shrine.
There were some police and Ujiko (Shrine parishioners).
There were less Ujiko than last year.
We had a permit from the Suwa police department for the demonstration.
We did this action legally, and with dignity.
When we went into the Mitarai river, one Ujiko shouted to us not to go in.
But Mitarai river is public property, managed by Suwa-city, and anybody can go in.
We loudly told him this is a problem, that it’s illegal to put up the rope and forbid entry.
By the way, Suwa Taisha shrine had put the rope there until last year, but without a permit required by Suwa-city public management regulations.
Last year, we talked about that with Shinano Mainichi, a local newspaper publisher.
A journalist wrote a serialized report on Suwa Taisha shrine, but didn’t mention this problematic action by the shrine.
The year before last, the local media wrote an article to denounce entrance into the river.
We were surprised that they made no mention of people’s right to enter the river, and were uncritical of the superstitions of Suwa Taisha shrine.
At 9:30am, the rope to close the bridge was released.
This indicated that the Shinto ritual was finished.
Suwa Taisha shrine didn’t conduct the Shinto ritual openly, but finished “frog hunting” somewhere else, secretly.
Later on, we heard that they did it somewhere around the upper reaches of the river.
This year, we didn’t hear the sound of drums, and didn’t see the line of the Shinto priesthood.
For this Shinto ritual, they must conduct their enactment at Mitarai river, one of the “seven wonders”.
But they didn’t use the proper place, and having done it in secret, it was just the killing of a frog.
It is obvious that there is no longer the significance of true Shinto ritual.
If they don’t do it openly, it is meaningless to kill a real frog.
This year and last year, Ujiko said that there is meaning in killing.
I don’t understand.
What does it mean, that the effigy doesn’t work?
What does it mean, that there is meaning killing?
Why don’t we go the way of the non-killing?
From Act on Welfare and Management of Animals.
The purpose of this act is to engender a spirit supportive of animal welfare among citizens, and to contribute to the development of a respect for life and sentiments of amity and peace, by providing for the prevention of cruelty to animals, the proper handling of animals and other matters concerning animal welfare, as well as to prevent animals from causing an infringement on the life, body or property of humans, by providing for matters concerning the management of animals.
In light of the fact that animals are living beings, no person shall kill, injure, or inflict cruelty on animals without due cause, and every person shall treat animals properly by taking into account their natural habits, and giving consideration to the symbiosis between humans and animals.
From the blog of CAPIN.
☆Report, and thanks for protest action at Suwa Taisha shrine on New Year’s day 2017.
Please stop cruel rituals involving the use of living creatures.
January 1st, 2017, we, Inuneko Kyusainowa, conducted a protest action at Suwa Taisha Shrine, along with other humane associations and volunteers.
We arranged the official permission from the authorities, and appealed legally.
Group demonstration action permit.
10 animal protection activists gathered.
They specialize in different animals, and represented a variety of animal rights activities.
But there was a common hope for using dolls or other effigies as substitutes for small living creatures (frogs), and for stopping the cruel ritual of skewering living frogs.
Suwa Taisha shrine didn’t perform the Shinto ritual “frog hunting” at Mitarai river as they had last year, but did it behind closed doors.
This is not Shinto ritual anymore.
The voices of approval for our cause are increasing.
We have so many supporting messages.
Thank you so much!
We also received e-mail from an Ujiko (Shrine parishioner).
We all have the same wish to greet the new year with joy.
However, there can not be happiness in the sacrifice of an animal.
What if you or your pet had to be sacrificed for Shinto ritual, how would you feel?
Would you happily offer your family for sacrifice?
Or perhaps some other life?
This time, we didn’t go into the river.
But last year, we heard that if women go into the river, the river becomes corrupt.
We hope for a society without discrimination and abuse of the weak.
We continue to protest this cruel Shinto ritual.
We’ll never give up, until the day when ritual slaughter disappears from Shinto practice.
We would appreciate further cooperation from all of you.
January 1st, 2017
Here are the contents of our appeal.
The new year's day rite commonly known as “frog hunting” is a Shinto ritual involving skewering living frogs with a sharp stick.
We ask that they stop this cruel Shinto ritual, and use substitutes, such as dolls.
Bizarre murder cases involving the casual taking of human life are increasing.
Also abuse of weak, or vulnerable people is increasing year by year.
We have to stop it.
Overseas, events of “sacrifice", involving infliction of pain, and death of animals, are being abolished one by one.
We ask for your cooperation to realize “Japan without abuse”.
Thank you so much.
All the volunteers against the “frog hunting” Shinto ritual of the Suwa Taisha shrine.