Is sterilization animal welfare or not?

October 29, 2013
Is sterilization animal welfare or not?

We at Inuneko Kyusainowa always say “please do sterilization”.
This is why I made the name of our hospital TNR Japan Animal Welfare Hospital, and continually promote sterilization.
Most people think that sterilization is good thing for animal welfare.

“What? Is it wrong?!

“Well, actually not.”

It is putting the surgical knife into a healthy body.

Sometimes the veterinarian finds the pregnancy during the operation.
Then they have to take it out.
This is diametrically opposite with my heart’s wishes.
When I think about what animal welfare is, I try to think in terms of replacing the animals with a human being, or even myself.
If we can’t do this to humans, we can’t do it to animals.
Animals don’t have words like us, they're more vulnerable than us.
I think they should be protected even more than humans.
However I still have to say “Sterilization is important.
Please do sterilization. ”

This is my choice, of lesser distress to cut the chain of greater misery.
Sterilization is better than killing.
But this activity takes a long time.
The goal is zero killing at the welfare center.
This is the only choice we can carry out now, until we find better solution.
The follow article is from a Kanagawa newspaper.
Mrs. Akiko Katori said that there are prejudices about putting a surgical knife into the healthy body, resistance to cutting the chain of life.
But we have to face up to the reality that such a large number of cats who don't undergo these procedures are killed.

<Summary from Kanagawa News Paper on October 27, 2013>
Cats give birth a few times in a year.
To decrease the culling, sterilization and castration is necessary.

The Ministry of Environment announced that culling of dogs and cats decreased by nearly one-third between 2001 and 2011. This is because sterilization and castration increased, as did also the adoption of such dogs and cats. However, the culling of cats is still too frequent. 60% of that is kittens. Problems such as cat’s excreta, and noise, are increasing. But also the local cat’s care activity is increasing. The volunteers in various locations clean up, and do the sterilizations and castrations in attempts to limit increase. Some local government bodies also support the cost for this operation. Shibuya Animal Net (http://www.shibuya-animal-net.com/) has been doing local cat care activity at the request of the Shibuya Welfare Center since 9 years ago. This activity is to capture homeless cats, do the sterilization and castration, and then return them to where they were. In 2011, only 6 kittens were brought to the welfare center. This is sharply decreased compared with 101 in 2013. Representative of Shibuya Animal Net said that focusing on TNR (Trap, Neuter and Return) brings very good results. It would be great to see an increase in the number of veterinarians willing to perform the operation for a low price.

The Japan Pet Care Association, Hiroshima branch, enthusiastically promotes TNR. They said that many owners give their cats free run of their house, but nevertheless don’t do sterilization and castration. There are not many people willing to pay the fee for the operation. Mrs.Akiko Katori, a journalist familiar with pet issues, said that there are prejudices about putting a surgical knife into a healthy body, resistance to cutting the chain of life. But we have to face up to the reality that such a large number of cats who don't undergo these procedures are killed.

The Ministry of Environment said that sterilization and castration will lessen stress caused by estrus. Birth stress will be less for female cats. For males, the marking, mating calls, and urge to roam outdoors decreases, as does STDs. The Ministry of Environment recommend keeping cats inside the home.

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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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