Fukuoka city declared a zero culling area for dogs and cats.
Fukuoka city declared a zero culling area for dogs and cats.Reinforcement to persuade the pet’s owner.
(From Mainichi newspaper, November 2.)
Fukuoka City Mayor Soichiro Takashima declared a “vow of zero”, which aims to reduce the culling of dogs and cats to zero.
Fukuoka city has tried since 2009 to convince pet owners to help reduce the number of dogs and cats getting picked up.
This declaration attempts to make the “zero culling” policy a full-scale reality.
The number of culled dogs and cats in Fukuoka in 2008 was 3022.
But in 2012, it was 558.
From 2009, under the original animal welfare administration promotion enforcement plan, they persuade the owners not to dispose of pets just for simple reasons such as moving, etc.
In September, 2013, the law of Humane Treatment and Management of Animals was revised.
In the revised version, the authorities can refuse acceptance if there is not sufficient reason.
The Environmental Health Division of Fukuoka City said that this encourages action in Fukuoka, movement towards “zero culling”.
In Japan, Kumamoto city’s activity is remarkable.
In 2012, the number of culling was 21.
The Ministry of Environment said that depending on the municipalities, it is possible to reach zero culling.
Also Fukuoka decided to use anesthetic injection instead of carbonic acid gas for mass disposal when extermination is unavoidable.
Anesthetic injection causes less suffering for animals.
The Ministry of the Environment values it highly, and said this is a pioneering action.
Mayer Takashima declared a “vow of zero” at an “Animal Welfare Festival” in the west plaza of city hall on October 4.
He appealed to the citizens that the aim of the city is “ Fukuoka, Gentle to humans and animals”.
(by Mitsuo Matsumoto)