The first animal police hot line will be installed by Hyogo prefectural police
The first animal police hot line will be installed by Hyogo prefectural police, in the hopes of catching animal abuse early. (Kobe newspaper/December 19, 2013)
Hyogo prefectural police announced the opening of a telephone counseling “Animal Police Hotline” in December, at the Consumer and Economic Crime Division.
This is to find animal abuse early, and deal with it.
They consider animal abuse as an early warning of other possible atrocious crimes.
This is the first such activity by police anywhere in Japan.
Regarding animal abuse, the U.S.A., for example, established the service known as the Humane Society, and gives them the power to investigate and arrest malicious cases.
In Japan, the Act on Welfare and Management of Animals was revised in September, 2013.
It strengthened penal regulations regarding bloodshed and cruelty.
In Hyogo prefecture, there is no end to suspected abuse.
The Consumer and Economic Crime Division said that they found 51 dead animal bodies by November, 2013.
11 bodies seemed to have been killed artificially.
Hyogo prefectural police conducted 6 prosecutions on charges of breaking the Act on Welfare and Management of Animals, involving cruelty and abandonment.
Between June and August in 2012, 18 dead bodies of cats were found in Kakogawa and Takasago city.
This caused their decision to open the telephone service.
3 members of Consumer and Economic Crime Division will take charge of this hot line and cooperate with each police station and authority.
Animal Police Hotline From January 6, 2014
078-371-8974 (9:00am to 17:00pm on weekday)